Horses are a year round labor of love
Keeping horses is not all fun and games. People think of it and envision riding through a huge open field, or going on rides with friends during spring and summer break. But horses need care throughout the long year. Regardless of whether or not I want to be outside, you can bet the horses do. So I have to gear up and tromp out to the barn each and every day, rain, snow, sleet, or shine.
In the worst of the winter, I am out there in my parka and my best gloves, paired with my banged up barn boots, to get the horses out, fed, and watered. I have to turn on the water heater for their troph so the water doesn’t freeze solid. Then I have to get to work doling out hay and oats and doing any cleaning that needs doing. The only way I can get this done is with my killer space heater. I used to use a propane model, but as soon as I had electricity running out to the barn I switched to an electric furnace. This way my furnace doesn’t produce any VOCs, which makes it a lot safer for both me and the horses.
When it’s bitterly cold outside, that space heater works to heat up the barn real fast. I’m able to make it work without blowing a fuse either because I’m using a specific type of heater called infrared. This space heater pulls very little wattage and is cool to the touch, so its more efficient and safer all around. Caring for horses isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.