If you haven’t seen the weather reports lately, Monday we went from 56° mid-day to -22.5° around midnight (per a hyper-local weather station about a mile away). That is a SEVENTYEIGHT POINT FIVE DEGREE WEATHER SWING. We haven’t gotten above 10° since. I am not ok.
The horses, however, seem to be in heaven. Between an abundance of hay, warm mash 2x per day, double blanketed, and heated water (even though the weather tried to foil those plans by FREEZING HEATED WATER) – they are in horsey heaven. Really thankful for no upset tummies or colic, because that sort of weather swing is brutal.
On a positive note I finally got to really test out my new winter boots. I’m cheap (they were around $40) when it comes to buying things for farm chores because I will inevitably destroy them, so wasn’t 100% sure these would stand up to Colorado winters. I’ve been wearing these things for a couple of months now and they are REALLY comfy (the faux fur lines the whole inside), and have kept me warm really well in 20°+ weather (TMI but there are times I have worn the boots without socks and been fine LOL). So the fact they kept me warm in subarctic temperatures is fabulous! They’ve also done a great job of keeping me dry in the snow and mud soup we’ve had going on lately. They come in a few color options and, honestly, are pretty cute as far as winter boots go IMO. I went with the brown because horse dirt. You can find the boots here: https://amzn.to/3H9074U*
*Disclosure: Keep in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I will only ever link to products because of their quality and the fact I use them and love them, and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.
And since I am a tech geek and loved seeing a weather report from a local person’s house, I found a well-reviewed weather station for the farm on Amazon (for cheap because well.. that’s me), that will report weather back to all the major hyper-local weather apps. I will report back my thoughts after it arrives and I have time to mess around with it and use it practically.