Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Another Colorado snowstorm

We got hit with another snowstorm last night. Like many spring snows, it was really wet and heavy snow. It also fell pretty quickly — it started snowing around 5pm, and within a few hours looked like it had been snowing all day. The lawns, cars, trees, and roads were covered with soggy-looking snow, looking more like we had eight inches of waterlogged cotton balls. After that the snow slowed, and although it continued falling lightly all night, most of what we got fell yesterday evening.

This morning it was still misting snow. There was a ton of snow on the ground, so Michael stayed home from work. Turned out the roads were just wet, though, and when the sun came out around midday, the already-wet snow started melting like crazy. I was glad for the snow day, though, even if it wasn't entirely necessary.

We got out to the barn this afternoon, and I took Panama's blanket off of him for about an hour. It was still a touch chilly, and it will be cold tonight, though, so I put it back on before we left. The snow on the driveway was already melting, and everything out there was quite sloppy. I turned Panama out in the arena without his blanket, thinking he might want to roll, but the sloppy, wet snow was too gross for him. So instead I made snowballs, a couple of which he ate out of my hand like an apple, and a few of which I tossed onto his back to see what he'd do. (Nothing.)

Here's what the barn looks like after a half-melted wet snow (which will probably be almost all gone tomorrow):

The barn after a Colorado snowstorm in March

And Panama's corral:

The barn after a Colorado snowstorm in March

Shortly after snapping that picture, I called to Panama, "Do you want a carrot?" Both geldings' heads immediately shot up. Ha — I guess mine isn't the only horse who knows what that means.

Two geldings together

Panama and Mozart seem to be getting along pretty well. They appear to be on equal footing — neither is the boss, at least for now. They act more like brothers than anything else, and can eat right next to one another without any ear-pinning or other posturing.

Well, except for this incident.

Two geldings together

CHOMP

Two geldings together

I don't know what that little bite was all about, but it wasn't particularly aggressive. It was delivered pretty mildly, and may have been the equivalent to a nudge to move over — or perhaps just a playful or friendly bite? In any case, Panama moved over a foot and they both went on eating like nothing had happened.

Mozart did look pretty pleased with himself, though.

A black gelding named Mozart

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