I received Little Love's new boots in the mail on Friday and couldn't wait to try them on. I ordered a pair of Old Mac G2 boots because having seen them on Manta's and Kira's feet, I realized these would be the boots to use in the snow. Lilo's current boots (EasyBoot Simple) have been great so far, but they don't stay on her feet when the going gets tough (such as in tall, wet grass). Also, the traction is not so great either.
So far I have had the opportunity to try the Old Mac's twice and I have to say that they do have better traction than the Easy Boots. Also, I notice that the sole is thicker and Little Love doesn't seem to feel the bigger stones as well as before, which of course is great!
These past few days our biggest challenge has been the weather. It has rained, hailed, stormed and been extremely windy on top of it all. The paddock is a mess, there isn't a dry spot anywhere. Luckily the mud is still fairly shallow at the bottom of the hill, which is where the four horses huddle together under the trees most of the day. I've made some attempts to go out for a walk, but yesterday I had to turn back after 15 minutes because the amount of water coming down from the skies was overwhelming, especially since the wind made it all come at us sideways. Today, on the other hand, we were surprised by a hail storm, which freaked Little Love out quite a bit. Luckily I had the saddle on, so I was able to hop on and trot most of the way home. Movement always helps Little Love deal with difficult things.
Despite the rain, we did have a really nice morning on Thursday when Melissa and I were are the barn together. Thursdays Melissa and I have barn duty, meaning that we put the horses out in the morning, muck the stalls out, fill waters, feed lunch. We also do something with Little Love together, such as long reining or taking a walk. Last Thursday the morning was cold and the fields around the barn were frosty. The sun, a novelty at this point, was out and the forest was very still. These are the best moments in life, moments I can share with my two best friends. I took a picture of Melissa walking Lilo down the road.
Here's another picture of my two dogs, Chai and Chili, warming up in the tack room after our walk together.