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.
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