Friday, October 10, 2008

First Snow in Early October

I know it looks like a little dusting, but it came down hard off and on throughout the day, melting in between. The horses were snug in their blankets and stalls.

Snow in early October is a bit odd for Northern Nevada. The leaves still haven't finished changing colors. Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day without even a hint of wind to warn us that a storm was rolling in. No one believed the weather forecasters. I even laid out the horses' breakfast outside, assuming they'd be in the paddock as they have been all spring and summer. Instead of letting them out, I had to leave them inside all day. Bombay was doing his nervous head bobbing. He hates the sound of rain and snow on that aluminum roof.

Lostine was just generally annoyed by the change in routine, but she actually prefers to be in her stall whether she admits it or not.

Gabbrielle kept stretching her neck out to try to eat snow off the ground. I had to pile up composted manure around the edges of her stall to prevent water from running into it.

In the case of this snowstorm, it didn't make any difference because the wind blew the snow right into her stall. It looked like it was snowing from the ceiling. Poor girl.

17 comments:

Mrs Mom said...

Ugh-- I remember being a child, and having to go trick or treating in the snow.... what was the point of wearing a really cool costume, when in order to go out, you had to wear a darn snow suit?

I'll think of you all, while I coast along in my shorts and tshirts still....

Vaquerogirl said...

So that is snow- WOW! Never get that here in the Bay Area!
Cute ponies!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Look at those three all bundled up for the winter! Brrr!

I don't even want to look for too long. Today I went riding in capris and a t-shirt. It was in the upper 70's here in NM.

But we are expecting some rain and windy cold weather this weekend, as a result of tropical storm Norbert, apparently.

Last year it snowed in middle October. And then it just kept snowing...over and over.

I am SO not ready for summer to be over yet. It seemed shorter this year, didn't it?

When it typically snows there, is it just a dusting or do you also end up with a few feet, too?

Stay warm my friend...and Bombay, Gabbrielle and Lostine, too!

~Lisa

Flying Lily said...

Wow - that is early! We had torrential rains in northern MN so no trail rides for me this weekend. Great photos as always!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Our snowfall here in the foothills of the Eastern Sierra varies from year to year. There used to be a lot more snow than there has been recently. We've been in drought conditions. I laugh because all these people from both Southern and Northern California are moving here in the drought conditions thinking that the temperatures are somewhat similar to where they came from, but just wait until we get one of our real winters. I'll bet a lot of people will move back to California. I've actually met a few who admitted that they came and left because of these mild winters.

I can recall one winter in which everyone was snowed in. Not even the snow plows could get into our neighborhood. One neighbor had a big Suburban with studded snow tires AND chains. He drove us all to the grocery store because it was getting to the point where everyone was running out of food.

I have driven around Lake Tahoe when the snowbanks were 16-feet high. Driving around Lake Tahoe in the winter months was never a problem for me, because I just took a junker car and slid into the snowbanks when I lost control on ice. However, now it is dangerous to drive in the winter with so many other drivers on the road. I don't mind crashing into snow, but I do mind crashing into other people's property.

Jenn said...

Oh. My. I didn't need to see that! We won't get our first snow until the end of December or the first of January. But, we really don't get much snow, we get TONS of ice. Inches of ice on everything. I actually prefer the snow, snow doesn't take down power lines or trees, the ice does. The ice coats the doors of my hayshed and my chicken coop and seals them closed, I have to take a pick out there to open them. Yup, I prefer the snow!

It's supposed to be 80 degrees out today and the sky is beautifully blue! I have tons of yard work to get done.

Grey Horse Matters said...

You've got to be kidding! I can't believe it snowed so early. I sure hope this is not an omen for the rest of the winter.Great picturs.

OnTheBit said...

I LOVE snow! As long as I don't have to drive in it I am a happy camper...and my horse LOVES to be out in the snow...if he was Gabrielle he would have kicked the walls down to go out and play. We have had such wonderful weather here the past few days but snow will come soon enough.

Victoria Cummings said...

Oh no - say it isn't so! Do you put borium shoes on your horses in the winter? I've found it gives mine much better traction on the ice and snow, but I usually don't have to do it until early December. Unless, this year is different....

Saddle Mountain Rider said...

Your horses are so fortunate to have such snug quarters. It looks like we are in for a long cold winter, dont you think?

Cheryl said...

I heard you got snow in Nevada! Isn't that very early? And, yes, our mustangs LOVE it! Remember, they are from Wyoming!!!

Andrea said...

BRRRRR!! That looks cold. It gave me the chills. Your horses are so blessed to have such a nice mom. They are all comfy with their blankets and all tucked away in their stalls. Great pictures!!

Callie said...

Holy Cats! I can't believe that! Oh I hope ours holds off at least until December! Yikes!

KD said...

I haven't seen snow since I was a wee child. My horses have never seen snow....we rode on the beach this past weekend and won't probably see cold weather till January. I really like the looks of your barn!

dr_aletta said...

Snow is magical. Riding in the snow is being twelve years old again. But snow in October! That's just crazy. Let's hope it doesn't come back again until November.

gp said...

we got a foot here in montana!

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Love the snow pics! but BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR