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Gentle Reminder

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This year’s initiation to snow cover came gently and during the weekend, causing minimal impact to our routine. We aren’t sure about the history of our horses’ experience with snow but there was no indication they were the least bit disturbed by the arrival of whiteness.

Their greater concern of late is the frequent report of rifles reverberating in the valley. In the days leading up to the actual 9-day deer hunting season, there are a lot more gunshots heard than the few bursts at dusk and dawn when the season is underway. My guess is early gunshots are a result of shooters aligning their scopes and firing their weapons in rehearsal for the real thing, based on a comment I heard from someone years ago.

Not being a hunter myself, I just rely on what others have told me.

After a single day, the snow is rapidly disappearing.

I’ll take that as a reminder that the transition of seasons doesn’t always happen in an instant. This year we have been spared one of those sudden blast storms with deep snow that ends up lasting the entire winter. I’m lookin’ at you, 1991 Halloween Blizzard.

Maybe I’m just getting old, but I’m perfectly okay with a gentle reminder when season-long snowfall is nigh.



Written by johnwhays

November 16, 2021 at 7:00 am

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  1. I forget: where are the horses to winter? Would you get this same group back in the spring — assuming you stay with the program?


    November 16, 2021 at 11:33 am

    • Great question. Turns out we feel they are doing well enough with us that we want to let them stay here year round. I don’t want to make them climb into another trailer if it can be helped. We hope to convey to them they are safe here, loved, and in a place they can call home.


      November 16, 2021 at 9:35 pm

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