Sunday December 19, 2010

It always comes down to the weather, doesn’t it?  Kentucky has had somewhat unusual winter weather of late, in that it has been below freezing for some time.  The three or four inches of ice and snow and ice again that stuck on the ground are frozen into a hard, crunchy and slippery mess.  Ice coats the trees and fences and sparkles in the sunshine.  But it’s difficult for people, dogs and horses to get around with any kind of grace.

Unlike plain, unremarkable, soft snow which often encourages horses to run around and show off, this icy ground is mostly conducive to standing around munching hay.  No running, no trotting and no showing off, except for Commentator.  He managed to show off while standing still, tossing his head and giving the impression of movement when he really wasn’t moving at all.   Glitterman, no dummy he, puts each foot down toe-first, breaking through the crust and reaching firm ground before he puts weight on that foot and moves another one.  He’s very deliberate.   Gulch didn’t move at all, having found a spot he likes and sticking to it.   Awad couldn’t be bothered to walk over, once he saw there was no carrot bucket in sight.

The Wicked North did, however, crunch right over to see me.   I was trying to take some pictures for next week’s blog but after sticking his nose into the camera lens, he stalked away in a huff when he discovered there were no treats to be had.  Norty is a large, heavy horse and he breaks through the crust with no problem.  The same is true for Marquetry, who meandered over to the fence and posed for his photo.  Marq has lost his halter; with his orange-y coat and white face against the snowy ground he looked really handsome. 

I had to choose my path carefully today, having no wish go head over teacups.  So I stuck to the paddocks with some dark ground showing through the ice, making for somewhat firmer footing.  Most of the horses were happy to pose for photos, pricking their ears and looking handsome.  Leave Seattle actually posed for me, but tried to bite me when I reached out to pat his nose.  Pops and Ring posed but stayed away from the fence, looking fat and fuzzy.  Creator glanced at me, and as soon as he saw I had no bucket, he turned his back to me and pretended I wasn’t there. 

As you can tell, it was a quiet and uneventful day at Old Friends.  No tours, no excitement and not much activity–I will post today’s photos later this week.  From everyone at Old Friends, we wish all of you a most wonderful Christmas and Holiday season.  Thanks for spending this quiet Sunday with Old Friends!

-Val

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7 responses to “Sunday December 19, 2010

  1. Gae

    Glitterman must be a very smart horse — it sounds like he is very careful and knows how to take care of himself in the ice and snow. How are his knees holding up in this cold weather?

    • oldfriendsblog

      I don’t know, to me it seems G-man’s handles the cold just fine. Today I thought his knees seemed tighter and less gnarly, so maybe the cold has been a good thing. But that is totally a non-professional, lay person opinion!

  2. Sounds miserable! Would you like some of our Seattle rain, we have
    plenty with wind to go with it…thanks for your blogs Val, we love them and miss them when not here. I hope to be there in May and surely would like to meet you and of course Pops and Ring and all the othere.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • oldfriendsblog

      As Janet says, she will take cold and snow any day over cold wind and rain! Merry Christmas Barb, and we’ll see you in May!

  3. Brenda

    I recently discovered Old Friends and your blog. I have really enjoyed it and spent an evening reading all you old posts. Your organization is wonderful and you really have a way with words.

  4. How funny to have a horse there named the Wicked North! 🙂

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