When you live in Colorado, you expect snow in the winter, even in the high desert of Southwest Colorado.
When you live in the high desert of the Southwest (Colorado), you crave snow in the winter. You NEED snow in the winter.
That winter snow is the year's supply of moisture, even - especially - into the hot, dry, deserty days of summer. It's money in the bank for the future.
We haven't received much snow - or rain - this winter. We're always grateful for any little bit of moisture, but especially this winter, when the drought monitor classifies our region as "extreme" in condition, we see snow - and rain - as gold. Literally.
Our bank accounts have filled a little in the last couple of days. :)
Through the winter, the horses get hay about every other day to keep them happy with full tummies. We haven't gotten much moisture this year, so it's also a way to relieve some grazing stress on the dormant plants.
We feed big 3x3x8-foot square bales. The tractor is essential to get the bales into the eight-foot bed of the truck, and from there, we can slide big "flakes" onto the ground in a long line so all the horses can eat with plenty of room to move around so everybody gets enough to eat.
The horses don't usually come running like this, but they do perk up at the sight of the ranch truck and come to my calls of "heyla, heyla, mestenos!" :)
Pictured above are Hacho, Pirate, Mahogany, Snow and Baylee. Pictured below also are Artie, Star, Cisco, Haven and Iya.
We finally got another dusting of snow, but it melted too fast to prove it through photos. :)
Above is Haven a couple of weeks ago, watching her band grazing below the ridge on which she stands. The La Sal Mountains of Utah are in the background. It has been a tough winter without much moisture, so we're grateful for even the little bits that fall from the sky and nourish the earth.
Below are a selection of photos of other mustangs in her band, including her mother, Baylee, Elamae Cisco, Snow, Kreacher, Hacho. Iya and Mahogany.
This photo of Snow cracks me up. Her band was at the top of a ridge, but she and a gelding were "missing." I was getting a little worried as I approached the far side of the ridge without seeing either of them.
All of a sudden, up popped her beautiful face! She was grazing on the far side of the ridge and hadn't heard the other horses coming to greet me.
With the mountains in the background, it was a scene too perfect to pass up. :)
P.S. Her gelding friend was nearby. All was well. :)
Mother Nature gave us an inch of snow last weekend. It's already melting, but we are HUGELY grateful for the moisture. It's only the second or third snowfall we've gotten this terribly dry winter.
Mother Nature had a chat with Santa, and they teamed up to bring an early Christmas gift to Disappointment Valley: snow.
It has been a terribly dry fall and winter, so we're hugely grateful for this priceless delivery of about 3.5 inches of excellent white stuff.
And our mustang ponies got hay (which we started feeding a few weeks ago), all the better to keep those furry round bellies full.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all ... some more white stuff. :)
The big mare band was hanging out on high ground the other evening, resting in the golden light and taking advantage of the breeze and the views.
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