Sunday, January 24, 2010
Rain and Ice
It's been warm - in the low 40s today - and the rain that we had overnight into this morning has ended. Much of the snow that was left has melted or been washed away, but in areas where the snow was packed down - particularly around the parking lot and the approaches to the paddocks and dry lots - there's a thick layer of solid ice, in many places with water on top - it's extremely hazardous and it's hard not to fall when walking - Sugar's owner has already fallen. The horses have only been able to barely get to one of the small paddocks closest to the barn by detouring through the outdoor wash stall, for a short bit of turnout. I'm not sure what conditions will be like tomorrow - temperatures will drop below freezing tonight and all the standing water isn't going anywhere. We are supposed to be getting a dusting of snow tomorrow, and if it sticks to the ice and roughs up the surface a bit, we may be OK. Or we may have to lay down a layer of manure and used pellets from the stalls to create a walkway - if the dry lots themselves are usable - the upper one is very flat and may be too icy to use. One nice thing is that the grassy area behind the barn is clear, and it is possible to get to it, which hasn't always been the case when we've had icy conditions, so lungeing may be possible even if turnout isn't. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!