100 inches of snow . . . and counting

More snow than Big Jake

Big Jake is the world’s largest horse. He is 82.75″ at the withers. Imagine him with just his head sticking out.

Yup, 100 inches. According to the news yesterday, we’ve had that much snow so far in Boston this year.

100 inches of snow is 8’3″. Sure, much of it has compacted down to a manageable 3′ or so, but it’s still a heck of a lot of snow.

What things are 100 inches? Here are some comparisons.

The standard height of ceilings in houses is 8′. So think of your entire living room filled with snow.

Snow Trailer

My trailer is a standard 7′ tall Hawk. You can see that it’s dwarfed by the snow we’ve had!

Most TB sized horse trailers are 7″ tall. If I could find my trailer out in the snow I would say that we’ve had more snow than it is tall! It looks like there are four or so feet on top of it.

American Alligator

The average size of a female American alligator is 8’2″.

Female American alligators are generally about 8’2″. That’s pretty big but male alligators can be more than 11″.

I suppose the real question is, how much mud does 100″ of snow leave behind when it melts?









Too much snow = devastating collapses

Bobby's Ranch

In Westford, Mass., the barn at Bobby’s Ranch collapsed killing two horses and trapping five more. Firefighters and volunteers worked throughout the day to free them.

Everyone knows that here in New England we’ve had too much snow. But unless you’ve lived through this kind of weather, you may not think about the consequences beyond the inconvenience of slogging through three or four feet of compressed snow, bone chilling temperatures and roads barely wide enough for a car to pass through.

One of the big concerns right now are the roofs. This much snow is very heavy and getting so much snow in such a short period of time is causing big problems — roofs are collapsing and ice dams are causing water damage.

Highland hill farm

The indoor arena at Highland Hill Farm Collapsed. Luckily no one was injured.

Already in the news I’ve read about two indoors and two farms farm where the roofs have collapsed. The video above details the plight of Bobby’s Ranch, long a fixture in Westford Mass. When their barn collapsed two horses have died and five were injured. Firefighters worked all day to get them out of the snow and a vet had to crawl into the collapsed barn to sedate the remaining horses to get them out.

For barn owners, this kind of property loss is devastating., several horses have been injured, and barn owners (mostly family owned businesses) are struggling with the consequences —

Dry Water Farm

Clearing snow from the roof of Dry Water Farm — before it collaped.

immense damage, large bills and sadly, tragic losses. I’ve read comments on news reports that the barn owners were negligent for allow the snow to collect on their roofs, but I don’t think people understand just how much snow there is and just how hard it is to get it off. There are crews of people out shoveling snow by hand, but having your roof cleared can cost thousands of dollars, and shoveling yourself can be dangerous. In both instances where I know the details, the owners were shoveling off the snow — it just wasn’t enough to make a difference.

I’m lucky that I don’t know any one yet who has had their roof collapse, but I’ve read that more than 100 people have reported full or partial roof collapses and I have numerous friends with ice dams who have seen water leaking into their homes. At home I watch the ceiling carefully for cracks and jump every time I hear the house make an unfamiliar noise.

So please, if you’re in New England, do what you can to help your friends and neighbors. And don’t judge.


Sledding with minis

Okay, I am seriously looking for fun things to do in the snow with horses. This video is adorable. These young minis look like the sled should be for them!

If I were to try sledding among our herd, Freedom would be in Connecticut by now, Zelda would gallop along next to me, Curly would watch with amusement and Willow would try to get on the sled!

The Aptly Named Far From Over Comes from Last to Win the G3 Withers

Far From Over

Far From Over (shown here still trailing the field) rallied to pull off an impressive win in the $250,000 Withers Stakes today at Aqueduct.

Here’s a horse with a lot of determination and an appropriate name: Far From Over stumbled badly breaking from the gate, trailed the field until the final turn and still managed to blast up to the front and win decisively. What a tactful ride by Manny Franco, who let the young horse (this was only his second race and his first graded stakes race) settle after the stumble, then helped him find his stride and keep him focused and calm up and through his explosive sprint at the end, passing the favorite El Kabeir.

The 250,000 Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct is a Derby prep race.