Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Colorado spring snowstorm forecasted

Despite unseasonably warm temperatures in the Denver Metro area for the past two months, it seems we are not going to get away without a big spring snowstorm, after all.

Right now, the forecasters are calling for 8 to 15 inches along I-25, which runs through the city of Denver and the Denver Tech Center, and 1 to 2 feet along the Front Range (which is west of the city and includes many of the suburbs in the Denver Metro area). It's supposed to get down to 25 degrees tonight, with a high tomorrow of about 30 degrees, and a low tomorrow night of 16.

Even though I don't normally blanket my horse until it gets down below 15 degrees, I am considering blanketing him this evening, for several reasons:

1) He's lost a lot of his winter coat. He's been shedding out like crazy, and a lot of his winter coat is gone. It's been a while since it's been colder than 30 or 40 degrees at night, and I just don't think he's prepared to withstand a sudden drop to 25 degrees — let alone 16 — unblanketed.

2) If it snows a lot, I may not be able to get out there tomorrow. Here is one of the major drawbacks of not living with your horses! They are only calling for 4 to 8 inches during the day, but I'm worried about what happens if they are wrong, and I don't blanket tonight, and then can't get over there tomorrow.

3) It's late in the season and not likely to get cold like this much more. In other words, I'm more worried about him getting wet and cold during this storm, than I am about him losing the rest of the winter coat from wearing the blanket at a warmer temperature than usual.

What's your blanketing rule? For what reasons will you break it, if at all?



At March 25, 2009 at 4:47 PM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

I only blanket the old mare all winter, the other two do fine without, it doesnt get as cold here as there, but most horses up here are blanketed with rain sheets or blankets because it is so wet. If they can get in out of the weather I think they will be fine, until it gets below freezing, it sounds like it will be pretty cold for him, so I would blanket him too.

At March 25, 2009 at 5:22 PM, Blogger Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Brrr! We could use the moisture down here, but I'd rather not have anymore snow. Good thinking to blanket him. Usually Spring snows tend to be wetter. And wet cold horses are unhappy horses.

Stay warm and let us know how the Spring snow turns out,


At March 25, 2009 at 5:38 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Will do, ladies.

By the way, our snowstorm made the top headlines on Google -- and it hasn't even happened yet!

Snowstorm expected to pound Colo.


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