The ground is treacherous. It doesn’t look like it is, but it’s like an ice skating rink. Wally suggested that I swing over to the consignment store (the one that we discovered a few weeks back called Fabulous Finds) and look at the horse blankets that were on sale there. Normally, I wouldn’t blanket Merlin, but if we are going to be transporting him in January, it would be better if he were protected from the wind.
First, however, I needed to measure him to find out what size blanket he’d wear. I caught him easily enough and pulled out the measuring tape. You know, those measuring tapes that make a metal noise when they move around. Merlin shied away from me and his two hind legs went out from underneath him. Great. I wound the tape back up and started to rub it all over him. Within a few minutes, he settled, but not before he slipped a few more times. This horse is very spooky about being handled on the ground. The ground work exercises recommended by Clinton Anderson will do him a world of good … as soon as I’m able to start them.
I finally got him measured and drove out to Fabulous Finds to look at the blankets. Luckily, there was one in his size, a canvas New Zealand rug. A new horse blanket can cost as much as $100; this one was only $25. It needed to be washed, but it’s in close to perfect condition. I love buying used items.
I had a few more errands to run, including picking up my last bucket of venison scraps. I also stopped at a local feed store and got Merlin a Jolly Ball to play with. He does like to play with objects (usually those I don’t want him playing with) so I thought he’d enjoy having one in his fenced-in pasture. The trick is going to be keeping Gel from stealing it from him. This is becoming a very spoiled horse. Or, as Clinton Anderson would say, a horse that is over-fed and under-worked. That will change as soon as it warms up a bit.
Until later …