How are YOU spending your Horse&Pony Winter?

I get to feeling sorry for myself, though with the new little barn, having Altea, and Bonnie now, within sixty feet of the house, compared to having to drive with water and feed a mile and a half, drag everything up an icy snowy hillside for 50 yards, this is heaven by comparison.

You see, it's cold, and it's wet, and it's slushy, and I'm old...there, are you feeling sorry enough for me yet? LOL

Oh, and I now have TWO full grown horses to muck out after, and it's cold, and slushy, and wet ... oh, yes, I already said that.

Can't imagine why I'm inclined to whine.

 

Now I can haul warm water, and their soaked mash, to the barn that's less than a hundred feet from the house - all of it at once in a nice big-wheel hand cart, and the entire process, mucking and all, takes less than an hour, where it used to take, just for one horse, nearly two.

I hope you all have a barn nearby, cozy stalls, a convenient hay storage (mine is a big ocean going freight container right next to the stable).

 

I hope that you like I have horses and ponies to entertain you ... for you see, THIS is what makes it so worth while.

Bonnie and Altea are fun to be with. Both come out of their stalls when I slide their doors open, like racehorses out of the starting gate. Bonnie squeals to be let out, but once free she and her mom then they put on a little show for me, being "Andalusian Pretty," even mucky and dirty and all shaggy winter coat.

You know what I mean ... very much like your own dear equine friends.

Are you making a video and photo record of them during winter? Would you share it here?

Here's my contribution to share with you:

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Comment by Donald Redux on December 29, 2010 at 3:16pm
Comment by pony gal 13 hours ago

Hey Donald,

Enjoyed your video. They look beautiful prancing about!

Have you ever wondered why you didn't choose a warmer climate for retirement?

Personally I love the snow to look at and love the change of the seasons. Perhaps when older I might want a warmer climate but my family is all in the Northern Illinois area. I mean, I will need them to help
me in my older years, right?

Wouldn't it be fun to have the horses pulling a sleigh? ;)

 

I was born in the Sierras of California, and much of my spare time and during my youth that is where I kept finding myself.  In the high country.  Winter, summer, whenever. 

 

I love the ocean too, having lived in Hawaii for many years, but somehow when it came time to find a last home in my life this was my choice. We are close to both our sets of children to continue to share in their lives and them in ours. 

 

Had I known that horses would once again capture me after so long I'd have opted for a place with more open level ground, but that didn't happen until long after our purchase.  It is an idyllic setting, with or without horses, and now that I have a bigger pickup, with four wheel drive I can pull my two out for riding and play in other places.

 

I've very welcome at the local barn where I hold classes a couple of times a month, and intend, once my trailer is restored, to go there often, and to our local fairgrounds with it's large arena for bigger play and training work. 

 

Today it's snowing again.  We had a slight melt, and yesterday I hired a local highschool foot ball player (big big linebacker) to muck out to the surface and mulch down my strawberries, raspberries, and asparagus patch.  Perfect timing.

 

I like the snow better than the rain because the girls like it better.  Snow doesn't get them wet much, as they tend to shake it off if it builds up, so they don't use their stalls as run-in much and it's easier to keep them clean - horses and stalls.

 

I like the idea of a sleigh, but here it's rapid change.  We can have feet of snow, and two days later be down to bare pavement and dirt, from the warm rains that can come in from the Pacific up the Columbia river gorge to our area.   I know Altea would learn to work in harness but probably not Bonnie as yet.  I'll have to think about that more.  

 

I doubt I'll leave here ever, except for my final trip.  I too love the snow, if for no other reason than the quiet and softening ... I had to live and work in the city for ten years before we came here, just ten years ago this year.  I've barely recovered. LOL

 

And yes, the seasons.  I do love the change of seasons too.  When it's drier the nearby mountains beckon and we'll be off with Bonnie and Altea for our walks again. Kate walks mostly, and I ride. She has the better feet, and less riding skill.  Bonnie, of course, tells us when to stop and play and when to go again.  I think this year we'll have to discuss with her less liberty trail hiking, at least to and from the start of the trails.

 

She's gotten so interested in people that if she sees someone she wants to go be petted, and to ask them to exchange breath with her, like it or not, and even if they are in a car with the window down, or sitting on their front porch.  Such a forward and uppity girl, oh my.

 

She'll pony nicely though.  We can use that to get to the mountain trails and back.

 

 

Comment by pony gal on December 29, 2010 at 1:10am

Hey Donald,

Enjoyed your video. They look beautiful prancing about!

Have you ever wondered why you didn't choose a warmer climate for retirement?

Personally I love the snow to look at and love the change of the seasons. Perhaps when older I might want a warmer climate but my family is all in the Northern Illinois area. I mean, I will need them to help me in my older years, right?

Wouldn't it be fun to have the horses pulling a sleigh? ;)

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