Digging out

27" of snow
We measured 27″ of snow in front of our house this morning.

The storm did not disappoint. Many times they hype exceeds the snowfall. But we got the predicted 27 inches of snow. Waking up this morning I saw a wall of white.

We were under a driving ban since yesterday at 4 p.m. and it continued until 4 p.m. today. It took us quite awhile just to dig ourselves out. It was one of those days when I wished that our driveway was shorter!

Luckily, there is a family that lives two houses down from the barn and they walked down to check the horses twice.

After snow blowing the driveway, my husband was kind enough to put the snow blower in the back of his pick up truck and bring it to the barn. What a brilliant idea. Although the driveway was plowed, there was 2 1/2

Freedom and Willow watching the snowblower
Freedom and Willow were very curious about the snow blower.

eet of snow everywhere, which would have made it difficult to reach the barns. I had a flashback to the time when I fell walking up to the gate and got stuck — the snow drifts by the barn and I went hands first into the drift and for what seemed like an eternity, I couldn’t get any purchase and I wondered just how I was going to get up!

Now, however, we have a very nice pathway that makes it easy to walk between the two barns. I have to say that those barns seem very far apart when you have to slog through all that snow.

The horses were still pretty spooky from the storm. I noticed it when I was there yesterday. They could sense the impending weather.  Of course, running the snow blower through the

The path between barns.
This path through the snow will save a lot of slogging in between the two barns.

paddock probably surprised them too, although they seemed more curious than scared.

I fed the horses a warm mash tonight (I don’t do bran mashes but adding warm water to their regular feed makes a nice warm dinner) and left them lots of hay. It’s supposed to be down in the single digits tonight and while they were dry and happy, with their two blankets, it’s going to feel frigid over night.

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