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This time, horses take cover

Published: 12/21/2012
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By Maddy Butcher Gray


As usual, the horses sensed something was up before we humans did.

A day and a half before a blizzard hammered our neighborhood and much of Iowa, they were on full alert. They were more anxious for food and paid extra attention to every stirring - from the activity at the farm next door, to passing wildlife, to me and the dogs.
They smelled the wind and explored the pasture with renewed curiosity. They were more anxious for food and paid extra attention to every stirring.
They smelled the wind and explored the pasture with renewed curiosity.


Overnight, the temperature started dropping below freezing and the wind picked up. The sideways rain changed to sideways snow.

I’m not sure why they chose shelter this time when they’ve ignored it in past storms. But my best guess is that temperature and storm duration were big factors.

Read more and watch 30-second video of Wicked Summer Thunderstorm here.

Read blog post of Hurricane Irene here.


Horses in a Winter Storm from Maddy Butcher Gray on Vimeo.


Initially, I put hay inside and outside of the shelters. But once I saw them making a choice, I tossed it just inside.

They hunkered down as the wind howled and snow built up in drifts. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, folks endured white-out conditions. Highways were closed. As snow drifted, shoveling became pointless in spots. The top image is at the Swisher post office, where roads became impassable and many drivers abandoned cars.

Back at the barn, the horses ate. For the most part, they seemed naturally focused on energy conservation. But they still made spurts of action, moving each other, bucking and sprinting around the pasture before returning to the protection of the barn.


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