So many seasons

12 12 2021

Thanks (!) to colllllllddddd temperatures (note that clear turquoise sky), snow lingers on McKenna Peak and Temple Butte. Lower, Houdini and her bandmates have to slog through soggy soil where that wonderful snow is melting – melllllltttttinnngggggg! – into ground that very much needs it.

Houdini, our grand dame of Spring Creek Basin, has seen snow on the heights and has slogged through winter mud … how many seasons? Unknowable … infinite … many, many, many. We’re fortunate to share even a few with her.


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12 12 2021
Pat

What a wild horse she is!

12 12 2021
TJ

She hasn’t made the “mistake” of being too comfortable around this two-legged, that’s for sure. πŸ™‚

12 12 2021
Laura Jones

It is cold! How do they handle this temperature so well?

12 12 2021
TJ

Horses grow a thick, fuzzy, long, cozy winter “coat” starting in the fall when the daylight starts to diminish. By the time the truly cold temperatures are here, they are well protected by all that thick hair – which also has some “loft” and insulating qualities. The mustangs know how to find natural shelters when the weather gets wet and windy. That’s not to say that such weather is comfortable for them, but it doesn’t last too long (in most cases). Grazing and browsing gets their digestive systems working, which helps them generate body heat. And here in Colorado, with our famous sunshine, even on days when the thermometer reading of the air temp makes us humans put on the layers, that thermal dynamic actually can feel fairly warm!

12 12 2021
Trish

Slip slidin away !

12 12 2021
TJ

Trying to get down into and up out of arroyos is the worst when the snow is melting! πŸ™‚ It’s much easier to walk on even patches of snow than that slick mud!

12 12 2021
Karen Ann Schmiede

What a grand lady she is!

12 12 2021
TJ

She’s a pretty amazing lady, indeed. πŸ™‚ She’s inspiring!

12 12 2021
Sue E. Story

She is truly one of the Basin icons, trodding through many seasons and over many miles in that landscape!

12 12 2021
TJ

Yes, she is … and yes, she has! Hopefully for many more to come. πŸ™‚

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