Oh, the snow and blow that just will not go! Actually, we’ve been pretty lucky in the Kentucky Blue Grass that there hasn’t been that much blow. But do we ever have snow!
Fortunately, horses enjoy colder temperatures than most humans do. We humans don’t have thermoregulatory systems suited to staying comfortable and healthy in cold weather. Horses do.
Of course, their run-in sheds and plenty of hay are essential ingredients for their cold weather well-being. So are the vigilant eyes checking who’s more comfortable blanketed and who does better without a blanket, and whether the waterers need clearing of ice, and…and…
…all the thousand other things our expert barn management, Tim and Carole, and energetic staff, Antonio and Yoel, spend so much of their cold weather days doing, so that each horse is getting the care to meet his or her own particular needs.
OK, now imagine doing all that work, up and down the length of a T-shaped 92 acre farm, plus additional pasturage and hay storage on the leased land on the side…in snow sometimes up to the shins…now so old and crusty you can walk on it…except where it caves in every few steps and dumps you into the snow…and you get the picture.
The horses are doing fine. To us humans, it’s getting a little old. Will it really soon be March? Will spring ever come?
Until it does, the horses are hangin’ out, sometimes seeming mildly amused at us struggling humans, sometimes inspiring and encouraging us to be more like them, to live in the present, to really feel and enjoy the warmth of the winter sun, and to enjoy the companionship of every day as it comes.
I guess Slamming and Michael say it all in this photo.