Saturday, November 24, 2007

Where the Wind Comes Right Behind the... Wind

I'm sitting at my desk right now, looking out the window and calculating how long it will take before my neighbor's tree finally loses its battle against the 60mph winds and kicks up its roots in defeat. Fortunately, our trees are staked with what I can only describe as tent poles. And the roof over our corrals and the turnout paddock continues to stay intact, so I'm fairly content. I'm just bleary-eyed from lack of sleep. I don't sleep well in the wind.

At about 1:30 this morning I opened the back door in response to an odd clanging noise. It was terribly gusty. At any moment I expected to see a swarm of flying monkeys circling above my tackroom. Though I wasn't stepping outside into Oz, I was venturing into a windswept landscape that was made even more eerie by the milky light of a full moon. I followed the rhythmic, metallic sound and discovered it wasn't a broken hinge or a banging, open door but Wally rattling the snap on the gate of the paddock, where I'd left him overnight. Even with his windproof sheet on, he was mighty uncomfortable. He wanted inside his house. And he was letting me know it by flipping the gate latch over and over and over and over and over and over again.

Alright already!

I put him in his cozy covered corral, alongside Lexi, and he seemed much more at peace. Good for him. I, however, was now wide awake. I went back inside, plopped down on the couch, and listened to the wind. I happen to enjoy winter. It's the winter weather that I'm not fond of.

So, how's your winter weather so far? Click on "comments" below or email me at


Anonymous said...

North Carolina is both fortunate and unfortunate in winter.

FORTUNATE: We don't get much snow.
UNFORTUNATE: The ground freezes like crazy, we have insane ice storms. The last one we had snapped the tree in our backyard (Bucky's boarded at a boarding barn, and he was fine, ate frozen clover to his heart's content). One ice storm we had weighed down the trees so much they're still bent - five years later.

This winter has been rather mild - we only had two frosts, no ice storms. Unfortunately, we're in the middle of a drought and it never rains in the winter.

Anonymous said...

lol in Michigan we are freezing cold!! guess the saddles are packed away for the winter its all bareback from here on out! i'm a fan because of my rolly polly mare is so warm and fuzzy that its a shame to freeze the hinny in a saddle!

Anonymous said...

Montana is its usual weird self...fairly warm 2 weeks ago, last week, 7 point some inches of snow! Man! Can't this state make up it's mind??? Anyways, freezed my toes and fingers off trying to ride today. *Sigh* Oh well. I like snow, just not the cold that comes with it. I better get used to it.

Cindy Hale said...

Thanks for sharing... but now I feel guilty for complaining about wind! I just bought my second down-filled coat of the season and our weather is not near as chilly as anything described in these comments. Makes me wonder how I'd survive in the snow. I'd be a human popsicle!

Oh. And by the way, it's supposed to be windy again today. In fact, the breezes have started already. What I need is a kite, not a horse.

Anonymous said...

I'm one of those riding in the frozen tundra... Minnesota this time. Where you feel incredibly silly for clomping around in your snow boots when there's only 2 inches of snow on the ground. But soooo thankful for said very warm boots once the -40 degree wind hits you. Okay, sure the thermostat says its 5 degrees but since when is that right?

Dressing for riding becomes some sort of art. Knowing just how many layers you can add before not being able to get your leg over your noble steed is a very handy thing to know. Saddles? Psh. One more layer between you and heat. Saddles were retired for the season along with the bridles-really who wants to take their hands out of their gloves for 15 minutes to warm up the bit? No thank you, I'll stick with the ol' halter and have just a little less frost bite come spring.

Anonymous said...

We live in northern MN and we were worried about not getting enough snow and the septic freezing...Old Man Winter followed through and dumped 12in. in two days on us!!