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post #1 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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First snow!

The first snow always reminds me of just how dirty Rusty is... pretty much permanently. We wash him on occasion in the summer, but he loves to get dirty, so it doesn't last long... it does get better when snow comes and stays because he rolls in it and it helps somewhat. Oh well... he's still pretty cute :)
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 10:15 AM
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That is a great picture! And the woes of a grey or white horse!
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, this time of year, I am grateful that I have at least one dark horse. Kodak looks very dramatic against the snow! Her winter coat is a darker brown compared to her reddish summer coat.
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post #4 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 10:21 AM
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What a lovely picture! Would make a great Christmas card
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 10:28 AM
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Gorgeous picture of your ponies as usual.

We got our first snow last night too! It was a very nice dusting, but nothing too extreme (last year our first snow was a foot all at once! )
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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It's still snowing hard here. We have about 4 inches, but I think by the time it's over, we might have half a foot or more. It's very wet, sticky snow too, so all my fence lines are sagging, tree branches are hanging low, and it's pretty slick to walk in. But it will all melt on Sunday when the temperatures are rising above freezing again.
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 01:08 PM
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Beautiful picture Rusty is such a handsome boy dirty looking or not. Love your avatar picture.

We have no snow have had flurries a little bit of snow. Not enough to cover the ground though. Kind of wish it would snow ground is rock hard frozen. Ice isn't liking it, it's making him sore.
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 01:23 PM
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Oh the beauty of freshly fallen snow...
The quiet and peacefulness as it softly falls to Earth...
The crunch underfoot...
The glisten on all things laden with that white stuff...


I love the snow, the cold weather it brings...
Warm fire to thaw the cold hands and feet...
Un-layering when coming inside...


I sit here in shorts and t-shirt, 80 something degrees outside currently.
I miss the beauty of fresh falling snow...
I don't miss the clean-up or dirty it becomes.
Share more pictures...they are just gorgeous from everyone.
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 02:50 PM
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Your photos are always so lovely I both anticipate and dread the first snow. I realized just yesterday driving in a cold rain with a co-worker talking about how they loved winter but hated the weather... that I'm quite content with winter weather even when it's yucky. I think there's something very nostalgic about it; not so long ago memories of traveling home for the holidays in college. I was fortunate enough to land a job this year where I'll sort of be able to do that again... extra time off for Christmas/New Years and I'm looking forward to visiting my parent's house and watching all those cheesy Hallmark movies with my mom.

But on the flipside, if the snow gets deep and roads get bad, I won't be able to make it out to the ranch to visit with my horse because my car just won't make it It's a bit bittersweet. I'll have to content myself with beautiful snowy horse photos on the forum when I can't be out with mine!
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-08-2019, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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I think it's funny when I post photos like this and people comment about how they hate snow. To me that's like saying you hate air. Snow is going to happen in this part of the world. You can't avoid it, so now, I try to just look at the beauty of it all. Don't get me wrong, by March I'll be ranting about snow. But the first snow is still special to me, even though it's my 49th on this earth. I hope it always remains special.

What I love about snow is how it magically transforms the landscape like you're suddenly in another world. How the pure whiteness makes you feel like you're in a dream. I like how it softens all the edges, and how it has an insulating quality so that the world is quiet and still as the snowflakes fall around you. I like how I feel like I'm in a cocoon. I like how the warm light of the barn beckons me across a snowy blue landscape at night, and how eager the horses are to see me now that there's no grass (selfish, I know). I like how they become playful and interactive.

I even like how it forces me to go push myself a little harder, how satisfying it feels when I finish those chores made a little more challenging by the heavy snow.

I like variety. Having grown up here, where our landscape changes dramatically four times a year, I can't imagine not having snow in winter. November is dreary without snow. All greys and browns. Then snow comes, sometimes when the leaves are still hanging on the trees, and the contrast is so striking. Like one of our apple tree still full of apples likes Christmas ornaments!
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