Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Do Wednesday: Tragic Weather Conditions

(Thank you all for the encouragement for this weekend! OF COURSE   The Boy will take pics!)

No one informed mother nature that this is not the fucking monsoon season. At least in America.

I am not exaggerating when I say it has rained for a week STRAIGHT. Sideways rain. Big ole fat rain. Drizzle rain. All the rains has been raining down on us for a week and I am miserable. Not to mention,  the week before this, there has been some sort of precipitation gracing my poor pastures. Basically two weeks of torturous moisture.

I do not think I have ever encountered more slop and wetness in my entire existence. I seriously cannot remember a time when this much moisture fell from the sky at such a steady rate for such an extended period of time.

Unless you count frozen moisture. AKA Snowpacalypse 2010 & 2013. Thaaaaat was an adventure of epic proportions.

"Halp, letz me outz of prizon, hoomin girl"
We will revisit that snow fuckery momentarily.

I think my horses are officially feral because not only have I not ridden in 3 weeks, but they are covered (literally encrusted) in gooey mud that refuses to dry. Dreadlocked tails, filthy manes & soggy and disgusting coats. Bacardi actually flinched away from from me today and gave me the whites of his eyes like a wild stallion. I cannot cope.

I attempted to spare them from the 5 inch mud that is now their field by keeping them in jail their stalls. Their nice, dry, fluffy stalls.

They were having none of that shit.

After 4 days they were basically climbing the walls and threatening to murder me.

I tried explaining to them that they needed to keep their toesies dry because they both have contracted mild cases of thrush (thanks to last weeks mud/moisture) at the moment, as well as front shoes, and dammit, I need them to stay intact. They did not understand. Because they are horsebeasts and would prefer to frolic in the mud and not give a damn about their precious feet.

Of course I felt BAD about keeping them locked up, but I tried weighing the options and it seemed like a good idea.

Keep feet dry and treated for thrush with medicine, without the need for diaper boots and constant worrying. Keep horses clean and dry thus reducing the risk for nasty funguses and getting chilled with the cold temps. Keep them out of mud, thus reducing risk of shoe sucking turmoil. And since they're mildly mentally challenged, they've taken to frequently galloping around like insane wildebeest. Completely forgetting how slippery mud is and how easily they can pull a muscle or tendon OR SLIP AND FALL AND DIE.

This coming from a girl who has harped and lectured about how horses NEED turnout and how, unless at risk their immediate health, they should go out for a few hours at LEAST.

I mean, immediate health. Not the pussy footing owners who spew garbage like, "oh-Sparky-cant-go-out-ever-because-he-might-get-a-scratch-on-his-wittle-face-and-oh-my-fuck-god-forbid-if-he-TROTS-around-the-field". 


I could go on for hours about turnout. But thats for another post. This, dear readers, specifically is in regards to turnout during terrible, no good, rather awful and foreboding weather conditions.

As I understand, Ohio is not hte only state getting pounded by mother nature and her cruel sense of humor. And with winter coming 'round, its only about to get worse.

So what I am dying to know is what ya'll do during said conditions? Turnout? Keep in? What are the conditions for said choices?

I tried to reason my choices for this particular instance, but gave up after 4 days. I felt their sanity was worth more than a slight convenience to me in cleanliness and ease of treating thrush. As a result, I've gone through more diapers and duct tape than I care to share, but they are remaining under the thrush treatment. Who knows if it will be effective with the level of muddiness outside. The way I see it though, with the volume of rain we've gotten, it won't dry out for at least a week, probably more. That constitutes of MORE than 2 weeks jailed inside...with no riding. Because I don't have an arena. Just an equally muddy field. reason enough for me. I do NOT want to deal with TWO very pissed off Thoroughbreds for a few weeks on end.

During snowpacalypse it equally as miserable. In 2010 I couldn't even make it out to my barn for more than a week.  So I fully entrusted the care of my horse to the live in caretaker. He at least made sure they were some point. And maybe did their stalls. Yeah.

In 2013 when it was a lovely mix of 2 days of ice-snow-ice-snow-ice, creating incredible death traps in the fields, that didn't melt for 9 days, we kept them in that WHOLE FUCKING TIME. Not my choice but hte BO demanded it for insurance purposes. We did T/O in the mini paddocks (pictured above in post) for an hour a day, but my poor horse went insane. Clinically. Luckily there we had an indoor so he at least got ridden everyday because I was able to power through the snuckery (snow fuckery) with my SUV. That helped.

A whole 'nother issue becomes stall cleanliness and the absurd amounts of bedding used...but thats for another post.

So please, readers, feed me your secrets.


  1. Secret #1: live in Texas.

    I mean you'll trade the current situation for one that involves very little moisture, hard ground, and expensive hay, with the possibility of water restrictions and the occasional grass fire burning 800-1000 acres (actually happened, a couple weeks ago, burned our hay mans entire property and all the hay he had stored).

    But you can ride almost every day without needing an indoor.

    1. Sounds like what Cali has turned into. Bright side is t-shirts in October right?

  2. Hopefully the rain stops and the ponies are more excited about being outside again than you getting back on. We need you to make it to the weekend!!! :)

  3. Secret #2, live in Cali. Jeez, we could use some of your dang rain. Fields burn, wells are dry, hay is stupid expensive. When it does get nasty here, mine is in a half open stall/ paddock thing, which affords her to poop outside and keep her shavings for rolling and peeing... Never near her food of course. I'm kinda lucky my horse is OCD in her stall cleanliness. Otherwise the only turnout in muck season is lunging in the indoor which blows. Not that we get rain anymore. Hope your monsoon stops soon.

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    1. Ok I had to fix some awful typos. I really need to start proof reading shit. Well I've been stuck in the same monsoon. My horses have been out all except two nights. I swear check the weather it says no rain all night. Then am awoken every hour by torrential rain. Then it says 100% chance of all the rain ever and put them in and not a drop. So i hope for the best. As for the thrush I've got nothing. The mud has never done bad things to my horses hooves. Steady can get mild scratches once in a while though. It does really suck. But weather this weekend in Lexington looks amazing!! I too will be armed with many camera forms. Wanna wear the helmet cam? I can bring it. Photographic evidence will be abundant.

  5. Send some of that rain down this way. My paddocks are crunchy:(
    I feel your pain. We may not get snow in Australia (except for the mountains) but we get ridiculous amounts of rain on the coast. Or we're in a drought. Depends on the day.

  6. We have a tonne of rain in October and the spring, and of course we get buttloads of snow with -35c temps in the winter. I always turn out during the day with sheets, then hose off muddy feet at night and leave them in overnight. I do think they need a place to dry their feet for a few hours at least. If it's insane hurricane rain they can stay in. Mine stayed in a few days in the winter when it was just too cold. For the most part, as long as they have shelter and rain sheets they are happy to go out.

  7. My barn turns out no matter what, unless there's a dangerous amount of ice on the ground. But then I'm super lucky to live in a rocky, pretty well drained part of PA and board at a place with massive paddocks and an anal BO who takes excellent care of them. So basically move to PA?

  8. We've been getting insane amounts of rain too (6 inches in one day!!!), but I guess we needed it (went months without rain prior to this) because my pasture didn't get disgustingly muddy. How many acres are your boys on? I have five and it is usually just muddy around the pond, low spots, gate and barn. The rest is high/rocky/forested enough to stay fairly solid (although still slick as snot). My horses stay out 24/7 no matter the weather with just a three sided run in shed for shelter because I don't have a barn or stalls, so no choice. They are fine. I live in the south though so we don't get a ton of snow or anything. I hope the weather clears up for you so it can dry out and the crazy Thoroughbred stallions can come back down to earth. ;)

  9. booooo rain. messing with all my best laid plans! my barn pretty much always turns out unless the temps are below a certain level with precipitation. at least most of the horses are smart enough to hang out in the run-in sheds... but some do run around and play. i think you just have to bite the bullet and deal with it tho... again unless, as you say, their immediate health is compromised :(