Horses In The Snow

On Christmas Eve, we had a brief snow, only about an inch, but it was enough to brighten our grey winter world. We went for a short drive down the country roads past barns, orange and red fields of native grass, and pastures dotted with cedar and hedgeapple trees. As we topped a hill we saw a group of horses and donkeys in a snowy pasture. Knowing my love for horses, Harland stopped the truck. We were noticed right away, and they all came over for a visit.

There were a couple of large draft horses, a few donkeys, and a couple saddle horses.

Here’s one of the draft horses.

And here’s the other.

Aren’t they a handsome pair?  Draft horses did all the heavy work on the farm prior to the advent of the tractor. The plowed, mowed, and harvested. They pulled heavy loads and worked long days alongside the farmers.

And then there was this character.

Yes, you’re very handsome too.

The saddle horses arrived last, and hurried towards us, afraid they were missing out.

We all got aquainted as each in turn sniffed my hands and hair, and let me pet their soft noses.

They posed for pictures, until Harland noticed a large flock of wild turkeys on a neighboring hill. A couple of the horses noticed them too.

I said goodbye to my new friends, and we hopped into the truck.

Knowing how elusive and skittish wild turkeys can be, we switched to our longest lenses, and drove slowly to the next hill.


——> UP NEXT: Wild Turkeys in a cornfield.

——>LATER THIS WEEK: The orange and red berries of the Bittersweet Vine.

——-> ALSO: Meandering Pony Creek, and the Snowy Backroads.

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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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13 Responses

  1. Debbie says:

    LOL! I love your pictures of the horses on that snowy day!
    What characters they are!

  2. trisha harris says:

    Such beautiful photographs. I love draft horses.

  3. Love the horse photos, they are beautiful creatures!

  4. RachelH says:

    I LOVE the pictures. I am completely jealous. We are still dry and brown here in northern Oklahoma. I just wish the snow had dropped a little further south. Maybe if you could put a word in for us next time! Ha!

  5. Gena says:

    Suzanne what beautiful horses!! Do you ride? It would have been lovely to go riding in the snow. We raise Haflingers, which are draft horses as well 🙂

  6. Peggy says:

    You always take such beautiful photos! I think they were looking for a hand out. What! no corn! Ha ha! I get homesick looking at the fields and country roads. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Melanie says:

    HAHA!! That donkey looks just like donkey from Shrek from that angle!! Glad you got a little moisture. .and color!

  8. Joani says:

    Oh, that looks so cold. It is raining here today and has so for most of the day. It is cold. Suppose to freeze by Friday. Have to cover everything tomorrow afternoon. Lovely pictures. Happy New Year

  9. Chester's Mom says:

    Thanks so much for sharing all your beautiful pictures. The horses, the calves, the winter scenes – I don’t know which I like best. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  10. Teresa says:

    I just love the pictures of the draft horses. They are amazing–I can’t believe how big they are.

  11. Evelyn says:

    Enjoyed all of the pictures; I look everyday to see what pictures you have posted.

  12. I love these photos. #3, 4, and 5 are my favorite! The close up of the donkey made me smile. I love that they all just came right up to you and wanted to say hi. Those draft horses look so strong and powerful! I am a little intimidated around horses. I need more experience with them and then I will feel more comfortable. I think they are so beautiful!!

  13. Aletha says:

    Oh wow those horses are beautiful, and so is the donkey.

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