Happy New Year’s Eve!!

This is the hourly forecast for New Year's Day 2018. These temps are fahrenheit.

This is the hourly forecast for New Year’s Day 2018. These temps are in Fahrenheit.

My New Year’s Eve hasn’t started exactly the way I was planning.  I needed to run to the barn this morning to feed the animals.  It’s excruciatingly cold outside so I was trying to make it quick.  There was nothing quick about it.  Everything takes forever when it’s this cold because everything is 100 times harder to do.

Thankfully, the horses were all fine.  They are handling the cold as if it’s the middle of summer.  In fact, horses do better in the cold than they do in the heat so they’re okay.  They have 17 different built in thermoregulatory mechanisms to keep themselves warm.

Gracie the Pig

The other animals, however, are not doing so well.  The pig is freezing to death.  She’s so cold that she’s shivering.  They put up a heat lamp for her and built her a little shelter inside her shelter.  I threw a bunch of hay in with her so she could burrow into it.  We’re still having a hard time keeping her water unfrozen.  There’s just no relief from the cold.

Sunny the Mini Horse

One of the mini horses had ice balls on her feet.  It’s very dangerous because they can slip when there’s ice on their feet so we couldn’t leave them.  We had to fix her feet before we left.  We held hand warmers on them until the ice finally let go.

Tank the Barn Cat

Lastly, our favorite barn cat got his leg caught in the back of a chair and couldn’t move.  It took us a little while to get his leg free and then it swelled up huge once we got it out.  We’re not sure how long he was there like that.  He was finally putting a little weight on his leg when we left but if he’s not much better when we get back, my daughter has offered to let him stay with her while he heals up.  If I need to take him to a vet, I will do that too.  He’s a wonderful cat.

Well, that’s how my day started!  I hope yours is going better!!

Horse Rescue!

All night I’ve been moving stuff from one side of the room to the other.  Totally unproductive.  Last Thursday was much more exciting.  My friend had asked me to clean the barn and let the horses in so my daughter and I headed over there.  We were hurrying because she had horse bowl that night.  Everything was done quickly.  We could’ve gotten to horse bowl with a few minutes to spare.

We were letting the last horse in but he didn’t come to the gate.  He’s 30 years old and recently started taking a new medication for Cushing’s Disease.  30 years old is very old for a horse so we had a feeling that maybe his time was up.  It was dark out but my daughter went into the corral to look for him with her little cell phone flashlight.  She caught a glimpse of him in the corner laying on the ground kind of curled up. She was crying while I texted my friend that we thought he was dead.

I got the bigger flashlight from my truck and my friend came down to the barn.  The three of us went out to the corral.  Things didn’t look good at first but we realized right away that he was still breathing.  His head was in a very awkward position and his legs were sticking straight out to the side.  It was a terrible sight. His heart was racing and he was sweating like crazy.  It was so cold outside that steam was coming off him and the smell coming from him wasn’t good.  We got him a blanket and put it over him.

He straightened out his head and got his legs down a little bit.  At one point, we tried to get him up but he just couldn’t stand up.  Horses can’t lay down for too long or their own weight will crush their organs.  We didn’t know how long he had been there.  His owner was on her way but it was right around 5:00 and the traffic was terrible.  My friend was talking to her on the phone and put her on speaker.  When the horse heard her voice, he tried to get up but still couldn’t do it.

He’s Going to Make It!

He hung on like a champ.  His owner called once more when she was about 10 minutes away.  This time when he heard her voice, he started kicking his legs like crazy.  It wasn’t enough to get him up so we just told him to rest some more and to hang in there because she would be there in a few minutes.  Then all of a sudden, he managed to get himself up.  He stumbled a few times but got his feet under him.  It was amazing!!

The vet came and checked him out.  He looked like a totally different horse than an hour earlier.  Once he was moving, he started looking for food.  That’s always a good sign!  Thankfully he’s still doing great.  I don’t think he would have made it much longer if we hadn’t looked for him.  He was so cold and his body was using all it’s energy to try to warm up.  It was exhausting for him.  The vet said that he may have been panicking which was causing all that shaking.