|Harley is considering working part-time as a blanket model.|
I am happy to report that his new blanket is holding up very well. He is wearing the Landa Freestyle Turnout by Weatherbeeta. This past weekend was the first time that it was cold enough for him to wear the blanket during the day (instead of just at night). I was so pleased by how content and happy he was, even when the wind was blowing and the temperatures were in the twenties. If I place my hand under his blanket, there is a nice layer of warm air trapped between his fur and the blanket. His blanket is not heavy, but seems to be doing a good job of working with his winter coat, which is thick and fluffy. I removed the leg straps when I first bought the blanket, because they looked like they would cause an uncomfortable wedgie. The blanket stays put without them and does not hinder his movement. I can tell that he lays down in the blanket, but, so far, the pine needles, sand, and dirt come off easily with a little brushing.
I do not like winter, but I will combat the cold to ride if the ground still has some give. Here we are in January 2009:
|Harley always looks cute...|
|...but I am cringing, because these pictures were taken in our old saddle. Notice the inverted neck and dropped back.|
|Much happier picture. I feel better now.|
Despite the recent onset of actual winter-like temperatures, I am very grateful that there is not fluffy white-stuff on the ground. Fluffy white-stuff is not my friend and makes life very frustrating. So I will take the sunny, cold days with a smile and some hay for Harley. Warm riding weather will be here before we know it. I am sure that we will be able to squeeze in a few days before spring.