The second storm blew in late last night and fortunately lasted until noon. But it’s cold out there. The horses coats are thick and they have shelter but I always think of them when it’s snowing.
We took a walk to the pond on Sunday and the ground was blanketed with sparkling snow. The air was cold but the sun felt warm. Two of the horses were lying down basking in the sunshine while the other followed us. It was apparent that they all had been running that day for it was evident by the tracks in the snow.
With snowfall there is a stillness. Quiet. Even on days following with the sunshine, it’s as if nature is on pause for a short time. It isn’t really, it just feels that way. The pond had a thin sheet of ice that showed areas where thawing was occuring. Small dry twigs stuck up through the glittery snow stretching up awaiting Springtime. Barren oak trees stand covered in nothing but what little snow sticks to the topside of their branches. A cold breeze chilled my face. Pulling my hood up, I walked back toward the house along side the gelding. He shelters me from the gusts. At the gait, I scratched his warm back and shoulder. He curled his neck around me and I gently rubbed his nose. I think he knows when I am cold. No. He doesn’t. He wants a treat out of my pocket and expects me to massage his back as I always do. Spoiled horse.
I don’t mind the winter months too much but could do without the snow and ice. Next week promised to have warmer days and I promise to ride my very round horse and burn off some of that extra weight.