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Snow Day Tempo

The last few snow storms we've had have been No Big Deal. The weathermen have managed to scare me into not driving to work twice recently with dire "winter storm warnings" and then...a few hours later we've had two whopping inches of snow.

So today I decided to Hell with the weathermen. I got into my car and headed towards the barn with a light heart and a touch of lead foot.

...And drove straight into the greasy icy mess that is a Major Storm. I am an idiot for not looking at the weather forecast before I left. I passed 4 accidents on my way to the barn (and nearly caused a fifth at one point because even with awesome snow tires, there's only so much one can do when unexpectedly confronted with glare ice).

It was beautiful driving though. I know plenty of people hate driving in winter storms, but there's something comforting to me about the immediacy of your surroundings. Instead of traffic flying along at 80 miles an hour while people pass each other helter skelter as they talk on cell phones or check their make-up...everyone SLOWS DOWN. Its one of those situations that appeals to me because it puts you squarely in the moment, and you are in a reality that is not only connected to, but somewhat dictated by Nature.

Driving through a winter storm...snow floats down from the sky, blanketing everything more than 20 feet away and obscuring details of the landscape. Houses, buildings, fields all disappear, hidden from view by a soft pervasive grey. Snow blooms upward, forming dancing spirals that spin their way across the road, evaporating as suddenly as they form. And it blows like sand straight across the road...scudding into hypnotic patterns of white that constantly rearrange themselves against the stark black of the road as the wind continues to blast its way over the landscape.

Everything white. Soft. Its a relief to the senses after bright colors and the overwhelming glare of sunny winter days. My body relaxes head to toe.

(Of course, not so much when you fly around a corner and see flares and an ambulance, and then hear the grating screeching sound of your ABS not working on the ice...)

But for the most part I love driving in winter, even through storms.


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Driving up the hill, watching the pasture come into view, I spotted the horses huddled together under a stand of trees, snow coating their backs, sticking to their forelocks and lashes. Despite forgetting my camera, I realized I simply had to







"Mom?"










Thea spies a human...






Sage giving me the "best possible greeting..."






"MOM! HI!"





Sage making faces at Thea, because "tthhhbbb!" his human showed up for once and not hers...





"MY. HUMAN. Back off!"





Sage was extremely cuddly today, and is so bored he readily followed me all over the pasture, tried to nibble on my coat, hair, shoelaces...this is a shot of him trying to grab my velcro cuff...I love how well you can see his curly eyelashes...





The new and improved (skinnier) Sage. Never mind the ears sprouting out of his back. I could make a whole separate post about common horsey photo bloopers and do a series of Sage photos with Thea heads sprouting out of him in every shot...













I reveled in just *being* with my horse today. With snow blowing horizontally, and the footing deep enough that every step was like walking through deep sand, it wasn't the time to work on groundwork or go for a ride. Sage made it very clear exactly what spot on his neck was meant to be scratched and petted, and hung his head over my shoulder for a second in between making scary faces at Thea. He was happy to see me, and for today, that was exactly the sort of healing presence I needed...


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niamhaevalnimue
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
He is so adorable! I love how he just knows it's you. It looks like he's wearing leg warmers too! and those eye lashes! wow.

Glad you made it through the snow. It snowed here overnight, then turned to rain. By tomorrow morning it's supposed to be all frozen over and totally gross. Lucky for me I not only have to drive to work but I also have a doc appointment midday in the total opposite direction. Closer to home but still, too much driving.
penella22
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
ugghh, definitely too much driving.

:-) He is cute huh? Its funny because everyone believes *their* horse is special (and of course everyone is right) but I think Sage's curls and him being a rare breed make it a little easier for me to harbor delusions of him being *special* in a way that's visible to other people too (and in my head his recognizable specialness goes beyond his curls...).

Wow that was not very well-said...anyways...he is very cute isn't he? :D
niamhaevalnimue
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
ha! I understood it.

I think it's the same way with having children. Every parent thinks there's is the best but in reality maybe not.
sand_piper
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I get the way about my dog, too. :o) ♥
sand_piper
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
typo: *that* way
madeyemads
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Sage is so beautiful. He just looks so sweet. I love curlies. I mean, I have never actually met one but they are totally adorable. I love those mysterious ears that grow out of their backs too! :-p Okay that was lame.
AND I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOUR WEATHER.
penella22
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
LOL...understandable.

Not that I *ever* overthink things...but you do realize that we humans can have medical issues due to it being too hot when the external temp hits oh, about 20 ° F above our body temp? But it can be about 90° F BELOW our body temp and, as long as we dress for it, no problem (well, at least for a couple of hours...point being it seems to me like cold is the more forgiving direction...not that I plan on any future experiments with either hypothermia or heat stroke. :]
evergrey
Jan. 29th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
Awwwh, his LASHES!
penella22
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Adorable, aren't they? I can never get a good photo of his whiskers, but some of whiskers are curly too...
blitzen_
Jan. 29th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
that's so awesome he pees when he sees you! almost as if he's anticipating doing some work. i see what you mean about loving his job, even if just for today it was mooching around being a model for you! he looks SO incredibly cute.

and MAN that snow is amazing. wow. it looks so much better on him cos he's a curly!
penella22
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
He really does *love* his job. His whole being emanates pride and well-being when he's got his job and knows his proper place in the universe. Having his own mares and leading daily trail rides when he was started under saddle was the happiest I've ever seen him. I think he'll settle for being my riding horse but truly, I think he wants a life where he nurtures dozens of handicapped children, or is someone's well-known search and rescue horse, or gets to lead week long trail rides through the wilderness...he feels he's smart enough and capable enough for a JOB and I often get the feeling he's a bit insulted by the lack thereof, as if ti somehow means I don't deem him worthy.

Maybe crazy of me, but I think some of that has to do with him being gelded late. He was all set to be in charge of his own little herd and in one fell swoop he became nothing more than your average pasture puff/ pleasure mount...

He does wear his frosting well... :-)
glenatron
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
Proper snow! And a proper snowy pony! It really shows up his curls and there is a lot of character going on there.

Great pictures!
penella22
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. He is snowy...and it was *really* snowing, although certainly not anymore than is normal for our region...
athystle
Jan. 29th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, you guys have hardly any snow down there. But then again every time the weather guy has said we were getting a big storm, we have. I can't even see teh lower strand of wire anywhere and if Jake tried to go out in the field I wouldn't be able to find him, he'd be buried. I saw Echo trying to go out there day before yesterday(before this storm) and it was half way up her side, she gave up and came back.

Nice pictures. Sage has pretty eyelasses. Have youi read this months Equus? There is an special article on weight and lameness.
penella22
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! I'm sure 3/4 of the world thinks its a LOT of snow! but I have driven through your part of the state once or twice and I know you're right, that you get *far* more snow than we have in these pictures.

I'll have to get that issue of Equus...thanks for mentioning it.
ownedbyhorses
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
LOL! I think I love the ears out of the withers shot the best!

BRRRR that looks cold... curling up under blanket now...
penella22
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
:-) It definitely inspires more tea drinking and hot chocolate and stuff like that...
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Pictures
I absolutely LOVE your snowy horse pictures. Thanks for posting them for us all to enjoy the moment. -Susan (AhD's "mom"0
penella22
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Pictures
Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by! I may post one or two to the Curly blog, but I'm glad you could see the whole lot.
momevans
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
What beautiful pictures!
penella22
Jan. 31st, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Thanks!
sand_piper
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Sage is so cute!!

And I see nothing at all wrong with random horse ears sticking out of horses' backs! :o) It adds to the cuteness. :)
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