December 11, 2009

Frosty The Horse(Wo)Man

DEAR GOD, IT'S COLDER THAN A POLAR BEAR FART! Ok, yes, the zoologist in me realizes that even from a polar bear, the fart would, in fact, still be warm, but you get the idea.

For some insane reason, North Carolina has turned into some sort of arctic hell and it is hovering around 35 degrees today, although there is a cold bite to the wind far below that. Yes, yes, I can hear your Yankee-winter-snob comments already, but look -- 35 is COLD here and it will be 22 tonight and that's cold, I don't care who you are. I moved here because I didn't WANT winter!

Solo is snug as a bug in his blanket (see look at right, he blends in with his pasture!), although he and the other horses turn their collective noses up at the lovely shelters provided for them, preferring to sprawl in equine abandon in the half-frozen mud puddles. We hurl them hay to help them stay warm and I am, as ever, very glad that he gets to stay out and keep those joints moving in this ever-changing weather. Tomorrow, we are off with our riding buddy, lifeshighway, for a wonderful riding trip about an hour and a half south to gallop and jump with glee across a few thousand acres of pine savanna preserved just for equestrian pursuits, the prospect of which leaves me twitching with happy anticipation. I will be wearing approximately 16 layers of clothing, 15 of which I will probably want to rip off after the first minute of trotting.

Stay warm, fellow horse lovers, and don't forget to kiss a warm furry nose tonight, it helps to keep the winter doldrums away.


  1. We were -25 with the windchill at the beginning of this past week (here in Calhan, CO, 35 miles east of CO Springs). I love winter and missed it our last year in New Mexico so my northern European genes simply kicked in, and I wasn't really all that cold, surprisingly.

    I spent 7 years of my childhood in Waxhaw, NC, near Charlotte, so I know that the 30s is cold for you. Keep warm!

  2. Brrrrr, you just froze my brain cells at the mere thought!

  3. We're expecting a daytime high of -24 tomorrow, and that's before windchill. And that's *Canuck* weather snob, tyvm. lol That said, I know it's nasty when you're not used to it. Would love to join you for the cross country school, think of those of us who can't see the fences, buried in snow!

  4. Hhhmmmm, it's been in the upper 70's, low 80's in my neck of the woods. ;-) Sorry, couldn't help it...especially since you are living out my equine fantasies! I wanna move up there and go on all these horsey adventures! *stomps foot* NO FAIR!!

  5. Looks like you are going to need a chisel to get Solo out of that snow. Hope he doesn't freeze stuck to the ground like all the manure piles in the paddock here. Looking forward to Spring already.

  6. It is funny to read this AFTER the accident.