Here's a funny story involving Dawn and Pie from Jill's blog Buckskin and Bay that happened during delivery of round bales yesterday. Who knew he had it in him - I'll bet Dawn was surprised!
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We're in the middle of one of the biggest snowstorms in years in the Chicago region. We had blizzard conditions last night with very heavy snow and winds gusting to almost 60 mph. Things are pretty much locked down - the plows are out but most of the roads are impassable. I think we got about 18 inches of snow, but it's hard to tell with all the drifting. The winds are supposed to drop a bit and the snow will end by afternoon. Then comes the cold - they're predicting a temperature of -13F (-25C) overnight with wind chills in the -30 to -40F range (that's -35 to -40C). Tomorrow the wind chills aren't supposed to get anywhere near zero, so the horses will be in all day and the following night.
I live about 200 yards from the barn, so I slogged over there - driving was out of the question - to feed and check on the horses this morning. All the horses, including Pie, are inside. All was well - we've got plenty of square bales and feed, and the power is on and the water is working. (While I as walking, I encountered one of our next-door organic farmers - they're just across the road from the barn - she was out checking on road conditions - and she said that their greenhouses survived the night, which was very good news.) I fed and made sure all the horses had hay and water for the morning. The manure spreader is buried under the 4-foot drift that's outside the barn door, and the "emergency" manure pile is not reachable, so I just picked my stalls and piled the manure in the corner for later - I expect we'll start a new pile elsewhere. Some serious shoveling will be required to clear the barn doors and reach the turnouts and paddocks, but we're waiting until noontime to begin that work. Once that's done, I'm hoping the horses can get a brief turnout before things get too cold.
Hope all of you affected by this storm are warm and safe.