Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Winter, she is a coming!

Last year, Sandy began to shed his summer coat in July. That seemed early to me...and look at the winter we had! It seemed like a never ending snow fest. Darling, of course, took advantage of it and decided now was the time to practice bareback; after all, how much could it hurt to fall off into a pile of snow?

To me, snow meant not hauling Steve Holt! up to the arena to work. With temps dropping into the single digits at night and barely reaching above 10 during the day, it was certainly not conducive to horse training. The snow began falling within days of hauling him home from Burns and the roads were in no condition to pull a horse trailer.


And it just didn't seem to stop! All month long, all winter long...from December into February the snow just continued to pile up around here. And when it melted? Flooding. Flooding in places that normally do not flood, because the snow melted and ran down whatever hill was handy, into the streets and into yards and into barns. It was a mess.


So here we are, mid October, and Sandy began to shed his summer coat back in June...and frost was on the ground in September. I heard in Redmond, OR there was a decent amount of snowfall already. And while I'm looking at just a dusting up in the foothills here, all the signs are pointing towards a cold and chilly winter. Best break out the long johns. The ponies are already snuggled into their winter blankets...

How's your fall shaping up? Have you got signs of winter coming on?

8 comments:

froglander said...

Well, so far temps are still in the 80s. There must be somewhere with a happy medium of Fall temps! Where it's not all frozen and where it's not all hot. How about temps in the....60s for daytime fall temps? Where can I find that? That isn't too hot in the summer?

Linda said...

Did you HAVE to post pictures of snow and remind us about last year?!? LOL. I'm glad you mentioned your horses shed their summer coats early. I thought something was wrong with mine.

San Diego is the place for you froglander--but try to buy a horse property there. My great-parents owned one way back in the day--but sold it a long, long time ago. Temps are always in the 60's, 70's and low 80's--nights always cool off.

jrosey said...

Oh, yes. She's a comin' indeed! Yeah, last winter was insane. I didn't mind the snow so much, just the aftermath that you mentioned! Talk about soggy! And where we are it was still snowing in late March/Early April! What?! Too weird. I'm ready for a mild winter. But I don't think this is the year. So not looking forward to mud. Bareback riding in the snow looks like fun though. ;)

PaintCrazy said...

Horses here Michigan are already getting really fuzzy. Mine is a bear and has been wearing a blanket since September!! We still have one more show so I don't know how that's going to look but I have to assume most of the others will be just as bad.

Kara said...

My horses shed out a little earlier than normal, but my dogs shed out a LOT earlier than normal. I'm also predicting a bad winter, simply looking at the preparations the animals are taking.

cdncowgirl said...

We had snow a few days ago, which has stuck around so far. The good news is that its supposed to be considerably warmer this weekend so we just may get some fall after all :)

Janice said...

Consider yourselves lucky it is winter here. We have been having snow almost everyday this morning it looks like it's staying. My horses don't get blankets and they have winter coats.Froglander where are you? After a week of dismal I would take your 80 and think I went to heaven.

Jade said...

Speaking of winter. The mustang heritage foundation is sending out a call for trainers for the next Albany, Oregon Extreme Mustang Makeover. I can't wait to see what shows up this coming year. They are going to have 40 horses this year. The pot is even bigger; $10,000. That dampers the news of all that snow and cold, because when it goes away, another event comes to Oregon.