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New England Folks people are throwing the "B"word around! Post final snow totals here

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  • New England Folks people are throwing the "B"word around! Post final snow totals here

    Here in CT they are already throwing around the idea of being ready for a Blizzard!!! What kind of extra preperation do you do for large storms like this?


    I am at a self care barn and we usually all take turns doing the work. Thankfully the barn owner lives on property and when travel is going to downright dangerous they will take care of feeding and watering the horses for us until it is safe to get out there ourselves. I know I will probably put extra bedding in my stall in case we can't get out to clean and an extra water bucket. Also have extra meals measured out and bagged for feeding. Barn owner will make sure to bring in plenty of hay from the hay barn. Any other thoughts or suggestions?

    Plans are in place for water supply if we lose power up there since water is supplied by a well. If worse comes to worse I can bring water in jugs from home since I am on city water (been there done that before)

    We got lucky last year and most of this year with a fairly mild winter but I think our luck may have run out with this one!
    Last edited by LoriO; Feb. 7, 2013, 11:36 PM. Reason: edited title line
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    Hi Lori!
    I think you've just about got it done. We are on self-care as well. I clean the stall and put extra bedding and deodorizer down, pre-bag enough meals to get into Sunday morning, fill the buckets to the top, hay the stall heavy, leave extra hay for Saturday outside of the stall, and leave a bucket of water outside of the stall in case we lose power.

    If we lose power the BO brings in a generator from home to run the water a few times during the day. Our barn fills clean trash cans with water during those times so folks can still refill their buckets when the generator goes back to the house. I haul warm water in from home in 5 gallon containers I got at home depot.

    Don't forget to turn your refrigerator/freezer up at home to its coldest settings and do all of the home prep as well.
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      My prep was just making sure my gas and diesel cans are all full for running the tractors and generator. No need to check the generator since our power flips off if a squirrel farts, so it was run just last week for a few hours.
      Picked up extra hay yesterday, mainly so I don't have to wait for my hay guy to plow out before I pick it up again. Have bedding.
      Unfortunate part for me...today I have to grocery shop. Just normal weekly shopping. The timing sucks on it since the store will be packed with panicky people. Bright side: I don't need bread, eggs or milk! Heaven knows those won't be found in state by noon, LOL!
      This afternoon I'm trailering an extra tractor over to my vet's place, she doesn't have one yet and could use it for snow clearing for the barns/horses.
      Oh, and I'm stocked up on bird food, LOL!
      You jump in the saddle,
      Hold onto the bridle!
      Jump in the line!
      ...Belefonte

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      • #4
        Well, I am going to fill up the gas cans for the generator at home and lay in an extra supply of cat food today after work. My horse is boarded, I am taking over and filling a second bucket for his stall. We have people who live on site so I am not worried about his food or bedding. Filling up trash cans at the barn is an awesome idea, I am going to mention it and take an empty trash can and some other large containers over this afternoon. Our barn's water is also on a well and if they lose power the BO will bring a generator over once a day to fill buckets - this has happened before. I can also truck water over to the barn as we are on city water at home. Have done this before.

        In Western Mass where I am they are predicting up to 2 feet. I love a good snowstorm as long as the barn doesn't lose power. My horse is literally 5 minutes away from home so I can get there to check on him - both of our vehicles are all wheel drive.
        What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

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        • #5
          Oliverreed, if the trash cans need cleaning, you can line them with garbage bags sized for the can, flip the top pf the bag over the lip of the can, and fill the can with water. This also works for transporting water in buckets. Line with an appropriate liner, fill, and tie them off.

          MistyBlue, good luck with the shopping. As of noon there were no parking spaces left at the local Stop & Shop. Heard about it from a gal at the grain store who only wanted to get a can of beans. No beans for her!
          "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            I cheated on the grocery shopping. I had a 9 am doc appointment and I went *before* that. It was just starting to get busy when I left there.

            Now I'm just sitting around waiting for a friend to call back or stop by so we can use his trailer to move one of my tractors to a different location before the snow tomorrow.

            Other than that, we're all set here. Oh, well my only other chore is keeping Mr Blue calm. I have NO idea why he panics for every snowfall.

            But I have unread books, new word puzzle books and a couple chickens for the crockpot. Plus all the baking stuff is ready to go.
            You jump in the saddle,
            Hold onto the bridle!
            Jump in the line!
            ...Belefonte

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            • #7
              I am so looking forward to riding in the snow! Probably Sunday...
              You have to have experiences to gain experience.

              1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"

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              • #8
                I am so NOT looking forward to soaking hay for my pony with a bunch of snow to walk through...! I'll have to stockpile some soaked hay, and hope we don't get as much as everybody else will! At least I know my mare loves lots of snow!
                "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."

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                • #9
                  Well school was cancelled, so that's helpful. (I'm a teacher). Unfortunatly over the last 6 years, since the ice storm of 08, I've been without power multiple times for several days at a time, and I'm on a well with a septic. So I fill a lot of buckets and stuff with water. I have a pond on the property, so if I get desperate for toilet flushing water I can go fill a bucket from the pond, as long as I can break the ice. Several years ago I used a bucket that I had soaked beet pulp with earlier that day. There were beet pulp scraps in my toilet

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                  • #10
                    Ugh. Just talked to BO who was putting my expensive, hot, can't be alone mare out for the duration with a run in. She's quite possibly got rocks in her head and would stand (or run in place) in the middle of the paddock screaming OMGOMGWINDWINDWIND. Meanwhile, she had the Morgan inside the barn-the 17 year old who lived outside-never had a stall-for more than half his life. He who has a yak coat and is very smart and hardy.

                    Yeah, she swapped those 2.

                    NOT looking forward to the WHOOSH of snow sliding of the indoor in the week to come

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                    • #11
                      The national news is calling that a possible snowmaggedon, with places up to 2', that is feet of snow.

                      We are getting a little blizzard Tuesday, from 4" to 9" possible for us, that generally does close I-40 down for a day or so, the police tired of rescuing stuck and stranded people there right and left every snow event if they don't.

                      Hope yours is not very bad and will clear soon after. Stay safe.

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                      • #12
                        Local CT weather report right now is saying we can get from 1 to possibly 3 FEET in the Quiet Corner-NE CT...

                        I'm on the coast, so a bit of sleet mixed in here and there, just to make things extra pleasant

                        I like a nice fluffy 6 INCH snowfall...on Christmas Eve...that melts on Dec. 26th

                        But the barn is ready, moved anything from the yard that can blow away (50 mph winds-hooray!), hubby has the plows ready. He does a few large parking lots, and any snowfall over 6" is then charged by the inch....we should have some nice spending money for our trip to AZ in April with the checks that come in

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                          The national news is calling that a possible snowmaggedon, with places up to 2', that is feet of snow.

                          We are getting a little blizzard Tuesday, from 4" to 9" possible for us, that generally does close I-40 down for a day or so, the police tired of rescuing stuck and stranded people there right and left every snow event if they don't.

                          Hope yours is not very bad and will clear soon after. Stay safe.
                          Southern drivers + snow on the road = hilarity ensues

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                            I cheated on the grocery shopping. I had a 9 am doc appointment and I went *before* that. It was just starting to get busy when I left there.
                            Were the bread and milk aisles empty then?

                            French toast for everyone!

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                            • #15
                              If you guys could, please log in after the storm and let us know how much you got. Hopefully no one loses power, but it looks to be quite the storm/blizzard coming at you.

                              Should I start a new thread for posting snow amounts? or just come to this one?
                              The virtual "woodshed" seems the only remedy for willful fools .

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                              • #16
                                I'm in Western MA (the Berkshires) and am not really looking forward to this one. Just not feeling it! Thankfully I live over the barn where I board my mare, so checking on her won't be an issue, but we're on well water so I'll have to stockpile water. I also have a job interview at 10:30 tomorrow; hoping the weather isn't too bad by that point.
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                                • #17
                                  Have you always needed a generator in the NE? We never had one before we moved here...and since living here we have used the generator A TON!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by showidaho View Post
                                    Have you always needed a generator in the NE? We never had one before we moved here...and since living here we have used the generator A TON!
                                    I think the key difference is that out west (and by that I mean from the Great Plains on west), so much of the electrical infrastructure is underground that major wind, ice, and snow does not disrupt power like it does east of the Mississippi where so much more of the distribution network is still on poles.

                                    I moved to Ohio from Kansas and was shocked to see so many phone and electrical lines on rickety wooden poles and with tree branches everywhere. Hardly ever saw one in KS.

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                                    • #19
                                      Well, just got in a little bit ago from buying provisions The grocery was busy, but nothing like it was Sunday. Still don't quite understand this french toast tradition. This is my first big storm (the snow after Christmas was just pretty)...luckily my horse is still in FL, so no worries there. I figure I'm totally prepared so it will blow right by...that's what hurricanes do afterall

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                                      • #20
                                        Were the bread and milk aisles empty then?

                                        French toast for everyone!
                                        LOL, the bread aisle was close to bare. And absolutely no English Muffins...those were buy one, get one free. I didn't even try to get near the milk!

                                        And yeah, New England is a very very heavily treed area with rickety poles for our above ground power. And the states, towns and power companies spend a fortune keeping branches pruned constantly because all of our lines travel *through* branches. Heavy snow or a frisky squirrel means the power goes out.

                                        But they don't want to spend a dime putting the power underground. Jerks.

                                        ShowIdaho...I'm always amazed at how most horse properties do not have generators. I get that they're not cheap, but they're also not ridiculous in cost either. Even if it's just one to run the well pump, when you have horses you *need* water. And that's not water you go buy in bottles. You can get a generator large enough for a well pump and furnace only (to keep pipes from bursting) and have the hookups professionally done for less than a week long show or a nice saddle. And around here it's not one of those "IF we lose power" but more of a "when" and for how long. Nobody ever thinks a generator is worth the cost until they lose power, LOL! They're worth every penny and then some just to have the peace of mind when you hear of tough weather coming.
                                        You jump in the saddle,
                                        Hold onto the bridle!
                                        Jump in the line!
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