It is in the mid 60s here right now but they say this afternoon the "Artic Blast" is coming and the temps will drop. A projected low of 25 tonight and a high of 40 tomorrow. Go ahead and laugh my northern friends, but in FL this sends people into sheer panic mode.
My concern is only for my horses. These drastic weather changes can cause horses to stop drinking and bring colic. I added electrolytes and water to morning feed to encourage drinking. Tonight and in the morning I will plan a warm bran mash and mineral oil. My horses will go out tonight as usual and I will layer their blankets. I believe in keeping them in a normal routine. I plan to lock barn kitty in my feed room so she doesn't freeze. Hopefully Cotton keeps his blanket on tonight. He hates to wear one and tries to rip it off.
I am going to try to ride to tonight. Hopefully I don't baby out because of the cold. How did I ever live up north??
I am kind of looking forward to getting to use the fireplace since we hardly get weather cold enough to use it.
What are you doing to survive the Artic Blast? How cold is too cold for you to ride?