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The "I'm too short for this snow!" thread

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  • The "I'm too short for this snow!" thread

    There aren't any trees on or near my farm so our snow drifts get INTENSE, but this storm definitely took the cake. Walking out to the barn this morning, I fed the guys that live outside and usually go feed the others and then come back to the outside guys to do hay/water/clean the run-ins. Walked around the bend to be met by a drift as tall as me (5'3'') that had NO way around it. Needless to say I wouldn't be going back to the outdoor guys until I was completely finished with the inside guys. I took a few steps into it pretty decently, then, when I went to take another my planted foot sank further. And then I couldn't get my other leg up high enough to get in another step. So... I fell. I sat there for a minute gathering my thoughts on how I was going to best this Everest of a snow drift when I realized the best way would be to run, jump, and roll over it. SUCCESS! And I couldn't help giggling like a child as I performed my stunt and belly flopped on the other side. If anybody was on the road and saw me I'm sure they had a good chuckle at my expense. Anybody else vertically challenged and finding it awfully difficult to maneuver? And... some pictures of the beasts enjoying themselves.

    http://grazfamily.myphotoalbum.com/v...bum28&id=014_G

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    http://grazfamily.myphotoalbum.com/v...bum28&id=050_G
    Who needs wings when you've got a jumper?
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    LOL! My biggest challenge is scraping the windshield of my truck! I can't reach it. I used to keep a step ladder in the back seat but took it out last spring. Guess I need to go dig it out again.

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    • #3
      I am getting snowshoes, yes I am:

      http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/snowshoes.html

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      • #4
        I'm short, but I can use a shovel. My donkey on the other hand...is definitely too short for this snow.
        "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Creaghgal View Post
          I have one that’s definitely too short for this snow.
          Oh, my, he needs help.
          That is being up to your ears, is it.

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          • #6
            I'm a mere 5'3" myself and getting through the snow drifts when you're short is hard! It's exhausting just walking around trying to do chores. My yearling WB colt has taken to just jumping everywhere as he's more vertically challenged that the "big guys"!

            I love snow and blizzards but if this keeps up I'm just going to by stilts!

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            • #7
              Tiffani, I have a telescoping scraper/brush for the truck - it is the ONLY way I can reach the middle of the windshield. I used to stand IN the truck but this works so much better.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                I am getting snowshoes, yes I am:

                http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/snowshoes.html
                I did just that a few years ago after a big snow. They are well worth it.

                I haven't needed them this year despite the 40-45 inches we just got. The ponies have made a great path through the snow from the gate to their run in. And I put a bunch of bales in the garage so I just have to throw it over the fence. Don't think I had the tractor when I almost died in the before snow shoes storm.

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                • #9
                  you know the snow is deep when your very tall Great Dane gets stuck up to his neck in a snow drift and you have to dig him out. Do they sell snow shoes for dogs?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Creaghgal View Post
                    I'm short, but I can use a shovel. My donkey on the other hand...is definitely too short for this snow.
                    AHAHAHA and I thought my yearlings were having trouble!
                    Who needs wings when you've got a jumper?
                    http://darkstr.webs.com

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                    • #11
                      I am sooo tired of the snow!!!!!! I'm only 5' tall and getting anywhere is such a pain! My Pomeranians are also NOT impressed as they are only 4 and 7 pounds respectivly. My ponies are not happy either, the are up past their elbows.

                      I think I've lost 10lbs. just fighting to get the basics done (not that I'd mind losing a little) but i feel like I need a shower after every feeding! It's as bad as summer! You put on enough clothes to keep from freezing and by the time feeding is done, your a sweatball. And why can't they make coveralls for short people?? Everything is too long and too heavy. Have you ever tried to climb a rickety ladder to a hayloft in coveralls that are 8'' too long that will completely cover your boots and weigh a TON? Not a great expirience!
                      Just cause you move to Texas, doesn't mean you are a Texan. After all, if a cat puts her kittens in the oven, It doesn't make them Bisquits.

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                      • #12
                        Sorry no photos but....

                        Here's a mental image for ya.....my basset hound "lurching" thru the snow and sinking down over her head so all you see is the tip of her tail and the top of her head/ears! Short dogs were NOT meant for 20+inches of snow either! Cats & hound walk only in my footsteps. Sometimes right behind me. Me+dog+cat+cat......I stop=they stop...I reverse? Ruh-roh!!
                        Fun to see my draft crosses cantering in slow motion thru snow up to their elbows one day. Now THEY are sticking to the paths so its Me+dog+horses+cats......I stop? Ruh-roh!
                        Chickens haven't left their house in 10 days so they haven't joined the party. And the quail has stayed with them; she's the shortest but can walk on top of the snow.

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