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MacabreMikolaj 01-27-2010 04:27 PM

You know you've had a lot of snow when...
YOU HAVE TO DIG YOUR HORSES OUT! :lol: We just got hit HARD with a three day blizzard that dumped about 30cm+ snow on us (11 inches). This was combined with winds gusting up to 70kmh (43mph). You do the math! Needless to say, we didn't get to see the horses much this weekend, the highways were virtually shutdown from white outs.

We got out today and thank god, some merciful neighbour plowed the driveway. We were on our own for the pasture - the gate was almost buried, and snow has drifted up against it, inside the pasture, easily 3 feet deep and probably ten to fifteen feet out.

I just had to take some pics of Shay-la shoveling our path!
After digging the gate out and working on the massive drift inside the pasture
It's hard packed to - you can walk right on top of it, Shay-la had to jump to get herself down this far
Crawl back out!
In relation to the size of the shovel
Cinder demonstrates for us

Oh it was a fun morning!

RedTree 01-29-2010 02:03 AM

thats crazy snow

Elina 01-29-2010 03:37 AM

30 cm in 3 days...? We gjust got 40 cm in 24 h and that's nothing to unusual... haha ;D And before that we had 20 cm so when the ponys is out you don't see their legs at alla!

my2geldings 01-29-2010 02:01 PM

That made me giggle. You guys need more snow :lol: I will say it's a pretty standard thing to have here to. It looks like it must really be a new thing out where you are. I'm sure your horses would have figured it out, good work tho! looks like it must have taken you a while to do all the shoveling.

Glad to see you both survived the journey :wink:

MacabreMikolaj 01-29-2010 02:16 PM

Oh god, new? Not at all. We live in Manitoba! Ironically, we've had very little snow this year, usually this is normal. It was just the winds causing such a massive bank against the gate - it's nothing for the driveway to have a 4-5 foot drift in it that we have to shovel out from the open fields.

Normally we spend our winters riding in at least a foot of snow, this is our first blizzard of the year. Usually we've had about ten of these by now! I'm sure the horses could have floundered through the bank, but realistically, it's dangerous because we'd be forced to walk through with them and if we trip and fall, we're at the mercy of a floundering horse trying to get through a three foot gate opening.

Kashmere 01-29-2010 02:31 PM

Spring come back already!

Frankly these are awesome pics and I LOVE the wintercoat on that cutie!

MacabreMikolaj 01-29-2010 03:25 PM

Haha, yes, Cinder is definately a poofball to the max in winter! She's a blue roan, and it's crazy how black she goes in winter with big soft bluish dapples. In summer, her entire body goes a very pale bluish color!

thunderhooves 01-29-2010 03:57 PM

wow! compared to us, that looks like a lot of snow!

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