Well, it is official. I knew that this day might get here sooner than later, but I can no longer deny the truth: Ike has now transitioned from the normal horse clothing to the Big & Husky sizes. I now have an 84 inch turnout sheet and an 84 inch medium weight blanket looking for new homes. They no longer are able to adequately cover Ike’s burgeoning 5 year old body. Seeing Ike in his way-too-small winter attire made me laugh. It was much like seeing a young child trying on last year’s winter coat – there is just no way you can make it work. Sadly I know that they fit him back in March…a mere nine months ago.
I optimistically tried them on today since temperatures have started plummeting into the 20s at night and the high temperature on Sunday was a balmy 35 degrees before the wind chill was factored into the equation. If Ike was to stand perfectly still, he could have worn either the turnout sheet or the mid-weight blanket. They would have been very snug around the shoulders and a bit short on the sides, but at least he could have stayed a bit warmer. But I know that wasn’t going to happen and I envisioned the sheet creeping up his shoulders and bunching around his neck as Ike cavorted with his brother. The bunching blanket would have caused blind panic with the sheet somehow getting ripped and tangled around his legs. Sadly, this is how it played out in my head. The blanket’s fit was no better, even with the belly straps let out 9 inches.
So Ike got to be naked all day and will remain so until I can get a larger sized blanket shipped to me (the local tack store does not carry anything in the Big & Husky sizes.) Don’t feel too bad for him. He now has a decent unclipped winter coat, obviously more weight and mass, and will spend his nights in his toasty stall. If the weather during the day doesn’t suit his highness, a hissy fit ensues and Ike usually will get to have a nap in his stall. Can you say spoiled rotten?
I’ve been in the saddle a few times since my grandmother passed away. Riding is very cathartic for me. I learned many years ago to put aside the cell phone, the to-do lists, and the million other random thoughts that are on a constant loop in my brain. Just like other sports, riding requires you to be present and be mindful. It is good to put everything else on hold for an hour and just enjoy my horse. There were no breakthroughs with our training, just steady, happy rides. Who could ask for anything more?