Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cold and Windy

It's 27F with a wind chill of 18F, and wind chills are supposed to dip below zero both tonight and tomorrow night - brrr. I'm pretty well ready for winter to be over, although I never mind a nice, sunny, cold winter day without much wind. We get a lot of wind here, and with our open terrain, there aren't many windbreaks. But it's almost March, and winter will end (someday)!

16 comments:

  1. Someday cannot come soon enough. Just sitting here awaiting yet another horrible snowstorm with wet, heavy snow. Maybe all my tree branches came down in the first one....I can only hope.

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  2. I know, I know! It's headed our way.

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  3. Yes, here in Ohio we are getting another storm. It's snowing now and they are saying we could get up to 10 inches! I was hoping that the white stuff was melting, it started to....but NO more is coming!
    I would LOVE to see some green grass, heck, even weeds would be nice! :-)

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  4. Ick. It's cold here in DC. I highly recommend we all plan a trip to Arizona next winter.

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  5. Adorable blog!! Adorable ears too. Enjoyed my visit.

    Julie
    www.equusgirl.blogspot.com
    www.ridingaside.blogspot.com

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  6. We're expecting some blasts the next few days. I am getting pretty sick of this weather as I've said before.

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  7. we are having decent weather here these days close to or above 0C the past few days . MArch may still kick our bums but we are on our way!

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  8. I keep telling myself spring will be here soon since it should already be here NOW (where I live anyway!).

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  9. Can't come soon enough, I agree. I want to ride so badly. The snow isn't bad in of itself, but when the days are warmer and the nights freeze, we have crispy snow and mucky mud. I hate them both.

    We have gotten snow here all the way up until Memorial Day weekend. bleh!

    ~Lisa


    word verification: sucksh

    Winter sucksh!

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  10. Hang in there. I do not miss midwest winters, that's for sure.

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  11. Kate - I've been thinking about Miranda a lot and I just went back to look at your photos of her again. It reminded me of something that happened years ago -- A friend of mine bought a lovely, well trained, well broke ranch horse. He was such a good boy, and we were all a bit envious of her. Then, out of the blue, about a month later, he got really violent, having rages, throwing people and being inexplicably dangerous. My friend didn't know what to do and was so freaked out - afraid of him, but still loving him when she remembered what he had been like when she first got him. People blamed her for ruining him, blamed her trainer, blamed the horse - it was awful. Finally, she sent him away to a trainer who was going to try to rehab him and sell him for her. That trainer realized that this horse was going blind. He had some kind of unusual eye disease and was gradually losing his sight. Suddenly, all the strange, angry behavior made sense. She was able to find him a retirement home as a companion horse and the story had a happy ending. I don't know if this could relate to Miranda, but looking at her reminds me of that situation. I know that you and your daughter will make the best decision for her. I also know about the stress of having to deal with a horse that is unpredictable and can erupt unexpectedly, so my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  12. Victoria - thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. That horse is lucky that someone figured out what his problem was - unfortunately in Miranda's case we may never know for sure, but we do know that it isn't her vision.

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  13. I am so ready for winter be done, yet at the same time not looking forward to mud. Anyway to warm up and skip the mud phase? lol


    I also wanted to give you this link to a dressage board and I hope it might help with Miranda. Particularly JM's posts. She has a mare that had a lot of problems too and now her horses are ridable again. She was just about to have her mare euthenised for crazy behavior. http://www.ultimatedressage.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=122074&hilit=hair+analysis

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  14. Beth - thanks so much for your thoughts, and your comments, and the link. The mare has been seen by our chiropractor/vet, who is also an endocrine specialist and who also does alternative treatments. Hormone levels are normal, and the mare is somewhat insulin resistant and has been on long-term treatment with a chromium/magnesium/selenium/vitamin E supplement specially formulated by the vet. She also receives a number of calming supplements, just in case, although she's not particularly spooky or reactive. We suspect an organic brain (wiring or tumor) problem or perhaps a case of mishandled imprinting. Despite many attempts, we have not been able to find any physical/diet or prior mistreatment issues to explain her sudden episodes of violent aggressive behavior.

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  15. More snow, and dropping temperatures here too.
    But the days are getting lighter, yohooo!
    I find the darkness the worst to handle during the winter. Snow and low temperatures is not that bad.

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  16. It's been bucketing down here all day, cold and wet. This winter seems to be lasting a year! I am glad we have no snow though, it's bad enough when it's wet and cold but at least I have some work.
    Hope March will bring some sunshine to you:)

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