We had a couple of inches of new snow last night, followed by a bit of freezing rain. The result was the most amazing snow - there was a thin crunchy layer of ice on top of the soft snow. Walking on it makes a wonderful sound. The ice wasn't thick enough to make walking hard, and it didn't leave sharp edges as you broke through the crust.
Pie had ice dreadlocks in his forelock and mane this morning - I wished I had brought my camera, but it was still misting a bit and the camera wouldn't have appreciated the moisture. The temperature was about 35F so all the horses went out without sheets or blankets - they really enjoy this, particularly those like Dawn and Fred who often wear blankets. Dawn thought the crunching sound was alarming at first - she picked her feet up very high and was snorting. Once loose, she did a lot of trotting around and running with her tail in the air.
All the horses were excited - there was running, bucking and chasing for a little while before everyone settled down to the round bales. Even Fred galloped from the gate. Horses seem to really enjoy snow, particularly fresh snow. Pie had a nice roll - all the way over. He got up and shook himself and sauntered back to eat hay.
A very good day in the world of horses!