Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hail to the Horses

I was on my way out the door to run errands in town when I saw the sky suddenly get ominously dark to the north.

I considered locking the horses in their stalls, so that Gabbrielle couldn't kick the geldings out of the barn when the rain hit, but it was too late...

She tolerated Bombay at first, but then pushed him out where he had to join Rock in getting pelted with hail stones...

I had planned to give them baths once it warmed up, but this shower should do the trick.

Hail on our back porch.

This is the chair I set up down by the arroyo to discourage trespassers from coming through...

I want them to think someone is on sentry duty.  If there were any trespassers when this storm hit, they're gone now...

...washed somewhere downstream.

This next picture kind of demonstrates why we don't want people trespassing down there and changing the topography of the arroyo through erosion.

The sandbar up high in the center of the picture is where the floodwaters should be running, and where they used to run.  But now the water is flowing in the lower half of the picture, which is closer to our barns, tack room, and home, carving a new route out of our land.  The first of our belongings to go will be my round pen.  There's a huge tree with half of its roots exposed.  Once it falls into the arroyo, the owls will lose their habitat and we will have to pay someone to chop it up and haul it off.  We will also lose one of the best privacy barriers we've got and a great source of shade for those hot summer days.

4 comments:

Linda said...

WOW! That's intense. Oddly, my horses always want to be outside in hail storms. They make a wall with their backs and they crowd together facing opposite.

Ian H said...

All hail, Caesar!

Jessi Lashakmitis said...

Looks like you got some big storm!!! At least you got some free bath:)
Jessi

Crystal said...

Thats a pretty good rain storm there