Posts Tagged ‘snow

Chincoteague Ponies Play in the Snow

We haven’t gotten near as much snow this year as we did last year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t gotten any. On March 1st we got a little bit of snow, and I took the opportunity to take some photos of the dogs and the ponies playing in the snow.

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

And this last shot is my very favorite shot of the day, Minnow’s super sweet eye. He’s just so special. The snow is beautiful, but hopefully spring is just around the corner, because we can’t wait to get out and ride more!

P.S. want to see more photos of the dogs in the snow, be sure to head on over to Ammo’s Blog!

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Snow Pony

Today we’re getting a substantial amount of snow, as in we’ve already got 15+ and more is on the way! Yikes!

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

As much as the snow can sometimes be a hardship on us, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t really bother the ponies as much. I mean just look at that smile on Boomerang!

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

These photos were taken last week when we still had a pretty good covering of snow on the ground. As you can see Minnow was happy to take an afternoon roll in the white stuff!

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

I asked Boomerang to lay down in the snow, and he was more than happy to oblige. I think the boys like doing their tricks in the snow….it makes for some extra cushy spots.

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

Blitz of course wasn’t going to let his little brother have all the fun! Oh brotherly love.

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

So while you’re all digging out from the massive amount of snow we’re getting, perhaps we should take Boomerang’s advice….and just keep smiling. After all, snow does melt!

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The Chincoteague Ponies take to Sledding

Finally this past weekend I got a chance to do something I’ve been waiting to do for a while now! With some snow that stuck around long enough for me to enjoy it I lugged one of my snow tubes to the farm to go sledding with the ponies!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

We rigged up a make-shift harness with an old breast plate and an elastic wrap to keep it tied around their middle. Now if your horse is already accustomed to pulling a cart than pulling a sled isn’t much different, however none of our ponies have ever pulled a cart.

Having already exposed all three of our chincoteagues to dragging objects behind them (old grain bags, tarps, etc) we figured they’d probably take to pulling a sled too. Boomerang was the first pony we brought out because he’s probably the most laid back and willing.

All it took were a few clicks and rewards to reinforce him for pulling the sled (which I did by walking on the ground with him first) and he pretty much knew the drill.

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

Eventually I hopped on him bareback and asked him for more. Pretty soon he was cantering around happily – in fact he was so ok with it that we eventually broke out the snowboard too!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

I love how the clicker training I use with my ponies has prepared Boomer so well to try anything. When I reward him for his efforts he’s so willing to give me all he can – positive reinforcement goes a long way!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

Minnow was next and despite being a little cautious about the sled at first he was very willing to pull along a passenger. Minnow will always try his heart out for me, and I had no doubt he’d be willing to pull the sled if I asked him.

Blitz took a turn with the sled too, and my mom even hopped on him bareback (something she hadn’t done since she had her accident while riding bareback with him several years ago).

We had so much fun that now we have something to look forward to the next time it snows!

Have you ever been sledding with your horses?

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Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Last week we got a little bit of snow in Pennsylvania, so I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the boys in the snow. Always ones to put on a show, the boys did not disappoint in making funny faces and looking oh so cute covered in the white stuff. Enjoy!

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

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Blizzard Number 2

Ammo looks longingly at what used to be his yard

Yes, 5 days later and Eastern Pa finds itself in another massive Blizzard. We already had 24″ of snow, now we’re at an additional 20″ and its still snowing outside. Thats a lot of snow. But the good news is I got another snowday. The shop is closed, but the ponies must still be fed. I made the treacherous journey out to the farm with my parents and husband and we were able to get the horses out for a few hours. The bad news is we lost power while we were out there. So needless to say the automatic waterers my dad had installed in all the stalls were not going to function. So we were resourceful and filled water buckets with snow hoping it would melt into drinking water until power is restored. We generously hayed all of the horses and tucked them in for the night at 1pm – hoping they could make it until our return tomorrow morning, whenever that may be.

Not sure what tomorrow will entail, hopefully I can dig myself out. And I am shocked to see they are predicting that we may be getting MORE snow on Monday. I’m starting to think we’re entering into the ice age.

But despite this bout of bad weather, I do still enjoy the snow – maybe I’m crazy. Get back to me after a few more weeks of more snow and maybe I will have changed my mind.

So for your viewing pleasure….here are some of my snowday photos:

Ammo is thrilled to wake up and find more snow outside

Blitz struts his stuff in the snow

Boomerang is only concerned with what yummy treats await him outside

Blitz

Minnow bounds through the snow

Chincoteague Minnow

Iron Horse Farm

My husband, Mike, giving my dad a thumbs up for good work

My dad and his trusty "snowplow"

Ammo begging to be let outside

Ammo convinced there are badgers hiding in the snow

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