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Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Ride before the Storm

I had a special treat today.  I rode Jan's Appaloosa Lakota.  Jan has 3 horses.  Zan is living with us for the winter, and her other 2 are at a really nice barn with an indoor arena.  It's even heated!  Lakota has started his Second Level work.  With Jan, he's confirmed in shoulder-in, haunches-in, counter-canter, and has even started half-pass.  With me, it's walk-trot-canter and leg yield.  He's very pleasant under saddle, and very easy to ride.

Lakota and I

But now the storm is here.  It's snowing, and the temperature is falling like a rock.  It's 9F right now, and it's expected to be -5F tonight.  The horses are snug in their stalls and dressed in their warmest blankets (Ok, they have layers of blankets on) but still I worry.  Let us all get through this bitter cold safely.


11 comments:

Sharon said...

BRrrrrr! Has to be cold in the barn!

Lakota looks sharp!

in2paints said...

Lakota is a very handsome boy!!

I hope you all stay warm in those temperatures! Hopefully you don't have wind chills on top of those cold temperatures.

Mare said...

That is cold, thankfully for us it's been a little warmer the past two days here...Good luck with THAT cold weather...sending good, WARM energyu your way!

Louise said...

What a handsome fellow he is. I've seen a number of Appaloosas that are really good movers. Where I used to board, they stood a Hanoverian stallion. He got quite a few Appy mares in to breed, and the babies were just beautiful.

You stay nice and warm inside, now, you hear. The horses will be fine. Especially since they're inside, out of the bitter wind.

Flartus said...

Oooh, a heated indoor! I can see it's worth the extra effort in that crazy Colorado climate...brrr. Hope everyone stays cozy enough tonight.

Lori Skoog said...

How nice that you could ride such a gorgeous horse in a heated indoor. Your weather sounds pretty bitter.

Cindi said...

Glad u were able to ride before the storm...stay warm & dry!

JJ said...

Lakota is beautiful. I bet that was a fun ride :)

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Keep warm....and Happy New Year ! Looks like you enjoyed your ride !!.....lets hope 2011 is a year full of happiness......Jayne

sophie...^5 said...

Terry...enjoy yourself this New Year's and if I hear that you aren't...I'll hunt you down and give you a big lick, 'cause my middle name is Licker! Cheers to all!

allhorsestuff said...

How cool for you to ride that nice Lakota horse!! And- in a heated arena no less! Plush!
Bet you had fun.
BURRRR...I am shocked at how very cold it does get there!
Take care you!
KK