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We have had over a week of thaw now, and I have been doing yip yippee dances as land emerges. I managed to convince myself that the snow in the fields would be 'almost' gone too, despite the fact that there has been no traffic of either animal or vehicle over them all winter.

At this point is should declare my level of self-delusion as I actually walk on one edge of those fields every morning with the dogs, so I know how much snow the really is.....

So today I took Riley out of the field and tacked him up. He was mighty suspicious of what was going on that he didn't even eat the Haynet in front of him. For the last 5 months he has either been trailered to friends subdivisions, or the arena so it is a loooong time since he hacked out on his own.

So off we went, merrily down the road. Well, I was merry, Riley was considering his options.

Then we turned into the field and NO, the snow had not gone. It is deep, very deep. And as the temperature was circa 4deg C, it was also wet, and heavy. Riley thought I had lost my marbles, and that if I wanted to trudge into the middle of a field knee deep in snow then I could have kept him out of it.

But he soldiered on :) and we got round the field. Well done that chap. There are many moments that I am glad that I have a sturdy horse with plenty of bone, and today I was grateful in droves.

 

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I'm in Manitoba Canada, there is still tons of snow here, the gravel roads have just started where you can see the gravel........we're all so sick of winter here, last week was beautiful out and I got out 2 days by myself for short rides and twice on another day.......here's hoping spring will be here soon!
 

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Shropshirerosie, you are only on the other side of town from me (if i recall you are over west/southwest of Edmonton?), and it seems you have oodles more snow than we got over here. at least half our pasture space is fully down to last year's brown grass now, the corrals are a slimy muddy mess, and the arena is just about completely snow free, albeit a sloppy mess too! barring the lower areas where snow blew in deeper, Eddie horse and i can pretty much ride the whole property without having to go knee deep in the slowly disappearing white stuff most of the way.

i hope 'real' spring comes and stays our way soon! even though i don't mind this time of year so much, as it isn't -30, the horses have started to shed a bit, and the promise of warmer weather is just on the horizon......... but dang, it seems winter just won't quite let go, eh?!?
 

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EHG clearly I live in a pocket of cold weather!:lol:

Yes, my pastures are clearing, but only where the horses have been moving and digging. It's now at the yucky stage where six months worth of muck is becoming visible and there's nothing I can do about it until the thaw is over and the ground is dried enough to get the tractor on it.

My small wooded paddock is turning into a lake of snow-melt and muck. Yuck.

But the fields and trails (and my arena) that haven't been walked or ploughed are indeed still knee deep. Bah humbug!
 
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