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!

10 comments:

  1. That sounds just lovely (said with sarcasm). That would be great if you could lunge a bit if you can't do turnout, I am sure the horses would really appreciate the chance to stretch their legs. Winter is grand isn't it?

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  2. Hey Kate. Our rain started around 2pm. Temps got into the low 40s and it is ugly out there. I'm not looking forward to ice skating rinks anywhere! Hope it's ok for you tomorrow.

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  3. It rained yesterday, enough to really make a mess. Today is windy and cool, but sunny and beautiful. Be careful out there.

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  4. We've had a week of temps in the 40s during the day, and little precipitation, so our snow is almost all gone, and most of the icy spots, too, unless they're really hidden in the shadows. I've used the used shavings/sawdust method too--it really does seem to help, though it also slows down any further thawing. Be careful!

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  5. Boo to ice. We are expecting freezing rain starting tonight and lasting into tomorrow. What a pain. Snow, I can deal with...not so slippery, but ice? That stinks...

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  6. That is exactly what I was worried about. I've had that happen and the horses had to stay in for days. When I boarded where there was an indoor, it was probably about 200 feet from the barn. I dragged buckets of extra sand out of the arena to make a path so we could get the horses down the hill to the indoor so they could get some exercise.

    My sympathy. Just be careful. Hopefully no one will get hurt. Is Sugar's owner OK?

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  7. You know, it's time to consider a winter home in Texas. The house next to us is for rent. We'll toss the horses in my friends barn and you can get out of that INSANITY.

    brrr.

    And in the summer, we'll haul up there. :)

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  8. Ack, the ice! We have some now and will have more tomorrow after the rain. Grrrrr. So dangerous for human and equine. Be careful out there!

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  9. Ice is terroble .I once spent about 6 hrs hauling sled loads of sand arounfd the farm to areas of poor footing . Right after our big red Angus bull took a header! 200lbs going splat ! so far so good around here , we had enough snow that when it got warm it didn't all melt so the footing is still ok .Stay safe

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  10. Sounds like you need a pair of "Yatrax"--they slip on over your boots or shoes and make sure you don't fall. A cheap trick is rubber bands around your boots (can you tell I grew up in Minnesota?:-).

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