January 25th, 2011
Visiting Sasa After a Snowstorm
Posted by Sharkey
A few days ago, after our last snowstorm, Martha wanted to drive around the farm and take photos for her blog. Since we had the power of the Kawasaki and its excellent four-wheel drive, I asked Martha to take me to visit Sasa, the new Friesian on the farm. He’s a really great guy and so informative!
1 Martha, since we're out and about on the Kawasaki, could you please drive to the paddock where Sasa is so that I can visit with him?
2 I want to check to see if he's faring OK in this extremly cold weather.
3 Hello, Sasa! I feel like I need to be as tall as I can be to talk to a horse of your stature. I've been thinking about you and wondering how you are.
4 Well, hello to you, Sharkey! It's very nice of you to come and see me. I've been quite well, thank you.
5 Sasa, maybe you can explain to me why you horses breathe out clouds in cold weather.
6 Oh, that's easy, Sharkey. Your breath contains water vapor and on cold days when you exhale, that vapor condenses into tiny water droplets that hang in the air in the form of a small cloud.
7 Thanks for clarifying, but one more question - why do you have icicles hanging from your whiskers?
8 Well, Sharkey - Let's get back to that cloud we were discussing. Moisture likes to collect and freeze on horse whiskers. Not much we can do about it!
9 I've also noticed that you're wearing a horse blanket. Does that help you to stay warm and cozy?
10 Sharkey, I must also tell you that during the lead up to winter, our horse bodies go through some major changes. One of those things is to grow a special dense winter coat.
11 Horses in the wild can survive temperatures of 40 to 50 degrees below zero! Fortunately, I don't live that kind of life and this nice coat that Martha gave me helps take the bite out of the windchill!
12 So you see, little Sharkey-Barkey, I'm doing just fine here at the farm. Thank you very much for your concern!
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