Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Well, I'm grounded by hubby today.  I was all set to drive up the mountain to go visit the horses and give Cathy my boarding check, but hubby woke up in time to ground me.  It's snowing up in the mountains and I drive up some areas over 5,000 feet to get to the horse ranch.  Chains are required by the department of transportation, and I'm just not going to take a chance driving up there.  I called Cathy and talked to her and she said it wasn't snowing at the I guess I'll just stay home and take it easy today.  It is drizzling here in the desert and I may just go out later and run some errands.  I did go to the park this morning to feed the ducks again.  There's one duck who gets fed by tugging on people's pants and he did it to me again this morning!  He doesn't hurt, but he makes his point clear:  FEED ME!  I'll try to get some photos of him tomorrow morning, if it isn't so darn dark and dreary!!!!  In the meantime, here are some pics from last week, right after the snow storm at that time. These photos were taken at 5,000 feet elevation, which is about 500 feet higher than the horse ranch.  It didn't have any snow, but you can see it here at these ranches.


Roean said...

Start a fire and make some chocolate chip cookies. Mmmmm.

Sage said...

Only 5000 feet. That's wimpy. I live at 6500 and we are still on the desert. But not desert like you have. I have visited there so I know what it is like. Lived there for 6 months in 1969. We frequently go up to mountains with elevation of 7000 to 10,000 foot. That takes your breath away. We cut wood up high and always makes me feel as if I am out of energy. But I love the mountains and desert. Do keep warm and stay off of the slick roads. We don't go out unless we have to when there is bad roads.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Most of Albuquerque is at 5,000 elevation, so I never think of that as very high, but it is high desert and they do receive some snow when we get a big storm.

Up here above 7,300 ft the clouds get snagged in our mountains and then dump a lot more snow.
It's amusing to me that chains are required there on tires, when it snows at 5,000 ft elevation, because here in our mountains above 7,000 ft no one uses chains, but everyone seems to have 4 wheel drive.
I'm so grateful for our 4wd truck, or I'd be stranded at home. Usually our private 1 mile long neighborhood road is never cleared after a snow storm. But after our last snow storm, someone wonderful came along with their truck and a snow plow on the front and cleared all the snow from the end of our driveways out through our neighborhood to the main road.

They did end up pushing a small mountain of snow about 3 feet high right in front of our driveway, but my truck motors right on up and over it. But what a generous thing to do. I've never even seen that truck before in our neighborhood so I have no idea who cleared our neighborhood road.
Nice to know there are still nice folks out there, though.