February 24, 2015

photo by Tim Wilson

photo by Tim Wilson

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!

Snowy dawn at OF. Photo by TIm

Snowy dawn at OF. Photo by TIm

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.

Swannie when the snowfall started. Photo by Laura Battles

Swan’s Way when the snowfall started. Photo by Laura Battles

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…

Antonio and Yoel - feeding time. Photo by Tim

Antonio and Yoel take care of the horses’ favorite time – feeding time. Photo by Tim

…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.

Wallenda. Photo by his good buddy, Tim

Wallenda. Photo by his good buddy, Tim

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.

Little Silver Charm: "Having me in the picture makes any snow scene gorgeous."

Little Silver Charm: “Having me in the picture makes any snow scene gorgeous.” Photo by Tim

The horses are doing fine. To us humans, it’s getting a little old. Will it really soon be March? Will spring ever come?

"OK, we're a little bored. Where are those carrot-carrying summer folk?" (A certain Derby winner wants to know). Photo by Laura

“OK, we’re a little bored. Where are those carrot-carrying summer folk?” (A certain Derby winner wants to know.) Photo by Laura

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.

Slamming and Michael enjoy some quiet companionship. Photo by Tim

Slamming and Michael enjoy some quiet companionship. Photo by Tim

I guess Slamming and Michael say it all in this photo.

Beth

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2 responses to “February 24, 2015

  1. Kathryn Cogswell

    Dear Beth: You all have been on my mind. Weather maps paint mighty bleak scenes; thank you for the good news and updates. Spring can`t be far behind so harsh a winter. Stay snug. Kathryn Cogswell.

  2. Gae

    Lovely photos. I was wondering about the snow and weather conditions at OF. Hope Ogygian is doing well.
    All the best, Gae

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