Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Nothing Much to Say Except That It's Winter

There isn't much to report on here except that the weather is heading into one of those true winter spells - snow tonight and tomorrow morning, and then the real cold and wind come behind - wind chills are going to be in the -20F range with an air temperature high of 11F on Thursday. Fortunately, the temperatures are supposed to recover fairly quickly by the weekend into the 20s. This is one of those times I really regret our lack of an indoor - not for riding, but just for somewhere the horses can go when we can't turn out due to severe cold - our pastures also are not equipped with any sort of shelter or windbreaks. Our barn is very small, so there isn't much of an aisle to walk horses up and down in so they can at least stretch their legs and keep their digestive systems moving. We'll get through it, but it's never much fun, although the horses are remarkably patient.

12 comments:

  1. Brrrr... stay warm Kate. I guess the horses must understand on some level that it's too cold for them to go outside.

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  2. It's been really cold here too, Kate! Tonight will be the worst yet -- it's already -1 F and it's only 7pm! Yuck!!

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  3. When Jason and I lived in Vermont my horses did live outside 24/7 but they did have both run-ins and natural shelter. Two of them I had to blanket very heavily while two of them I never blanketed the whole winter. They are such unique individuals.

    Crummy weather here today as well. About 50 degrees and rain, rain, rain. The horses did not seem to mind, but I did!!

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  4. From the news reports one would think Northern California was headed into the Ice Age. Today some planes needed de-icing at San Jose International. Only Delta has the equipment. Southwest Airlines took the low tech approach of pulling all their planes away from the terminal, into the sunshine. I have been smiling all day, imagining large metal butterflies turning their wings to the warming sun.

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  5. A storm is supposed to head our way, but so far I see no signs of it. When the conditions get outrageous, I sometimes feed the horses in the indoor so they can eat and stretch. They leave a pretty good mess but it is worth it. I hope our temperatures don't get as cold as yours!

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  6. Oh wow I really feel for you guys over there in the states. I took my class biking on a coastal walkway today and got sunburnt on the bits I missed with the sunblock. Trix and Pebbles were trying to catch a cool breeze when I got home . Its about 23 degrees celcius here. Stay warm!!

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  7. Stay warm! We're having our first snow storm and cold temps. Not fun...

    Anyone want to go halves on buying a hot dog stand in Costa Rica? :-)

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  8. We're in a lovely blizzard situation here (Iowa). Yuck! My barn owner reports that the horses are enjoying themselves playing in the snow though! I have a question about having your horse back over ground poles. How do you do it? I thought that if a horse walked over it forward he would know to step over it when backing over it, but every time we've tried it, Mosco clunks his foot into it or steps ON the pole. Our poles are PVC pipes & he's crunched the end of one into bits by stepping on it, so I've given up for the time being. Any ideas?

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  9. Yup..it's here too in Michigan. Brrr..the snow isn't so bad, it's the wind, icy weather that gets me. Try to look forward to those amazing snow fluffy days with sunshine, where 28 degrees with no wind, feels like spring! :)

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  10. Wow, you're making it sound almost warm here. It's about -9 overnight, but it gets up to 16 during the day.

    Nope, still sounds cold.

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  11. Jen - I'd only try backing over a pole where the pole can't roll (that is, not PVC) and as a one step forward, one step back sort of exercise where the horse knew where the pole was. I also like backing off a small step as an exercise, particularly for horses who have trouble unloading from a step down trailer.

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  12. We're having the same sort of weather now too. Just starting into the slightly warmer trend - just in time for a load of snow to fall on us this weekend. The horses get to choose whether or not to stay in, and they almost invariably stay outside.

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