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!

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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?

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?

I want to check to see if he's faring OK in this extremly cold weather.

2 I want to check to see if he's faring OK in this extremly cold weather.

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.

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.

Well, hello to you, Sharkey!  It's very nice of you to come and see me.  I've been quite well, thank you.

4 Well, hello to you, Sharkey! It's very nice of you to come and see me. I've been quite well, thank you.

Sasa, maybe you can explain to me why you horses breathe out clouds in cold weather.

5 Sasa, maybe you can explain to me why you horses breathe out clouds in cold weather.

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.

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.

Thanks for clarifying, but one more question - why do you have icicles hanging from your whiskers?

7 Thanks for clarifying, but one more question - why do you have icicles hanging from your whiskers?

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!

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!

I've also noticed that you're wearing a horse blanket.  Does that help you to stay warm and cozy?

9 I've also noticed that you're wearing a horse blanket. Does that help you to stay warm and cozy?

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.

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.

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!

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!

So you see, little Sharkey-Barkey, I'm doing just fine here at the farm.  Thank you very much for your concern!

12 So you see, little Sharkey-Barkey, I'm doing just fine here at the farm. Thank you very much for your concern!

Comments (11)

  • Hello Ladies,
    How nice of Mama Martha to take the three of you out and about with her, and especially to see Sasa. He is sooo smart and a good looking guy also. He really educated me and Mom. His blanket is really a fancy name for his jacket just like you girls wear. Keep warm everyone. No snow for me yet. I keep my paws crossed for Mom every day.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • What a wonderful ambassador of MommyMartha you are Sharkey making sure Sasa is adjusting well to the cold weather. I know how hard she works to provide a great life for you all but it really is nice seeing her spending some quality time with the three of you. Photo #5 absolutely cracks me up Sharkey! You standing on your hind legs in your orange top is priceless. Kudos to whoever was able to snap that (Laura? Eliad?)

    How is Francesca doing? She seems very quiet since the head buttin'. Hopefully just taking it easy. :smile:

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Out and about in the snow again I see. With all that snow on the ground you three should be having a ball. I mean, what fun the snow really is. Now as for the cold, some don’t like it but others do. I, and GK, like the cold and could stay out in it for days on end. As for the horses, they have a nice warm coat of hair for the winter. But Sharkey, you don’t have a nice warm coat of hair so you had better stay where it’s warm. Is “Sharkey-Barkey” a new nickname for you? I kind of like it; Sharkey-Barkey, Sharkey-Barkey. Sounds good to me.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Sasa is such a handsome Friesian! I'm tempted to paint him...love his look...
    Sharkey Barkey you look adorable in that orange sweater...and Franny looks a bit quiet, guess she is sitting back for a while and staying out of headlines...I understand that.
    I'm sick of the snow and cold, so is Kitty.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., This certainly is a bright and beautiful blog post today with all three of you wonderful dogs and fantastic Martha!!!! I love all of your photos! MS Sharkey-Barkey (cute nickname!), you certainly are a caring animal! How nice of you to check out your new friend, Sasa! He is one handsome, intelligent fellow and also very kind to you! Sure hope you girls are staying warm during these winter snow storms and freezing weather! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi Francesca and Sharkey: Sharkey - I sure do like your orange sweater. I am still waiting for momma to buy me a winter coat but she keeps telling me that I would get to hot. Sasa looks so majestic and is quite handsome too. Miss Martha is really nice to buy him a winter coat.

    Hey, it really snowed here on the coast of NC. The weatherman said just a sprinkling and we got 6-7 inches. Sooooo, we were kinda trapped in the house and could not go anywhere for a day or two cause the roads froze up. Momma took me to my backyard and we played in the snow for a long time. It was fun!

    Momma was very busy lately and could not help me to write here on the blog. She went and bought a brand new car. It is really pretty too. I smelled all around it but she would not let me sit on the seats. Hmmmmph! Can you imagine such a thing??? She said I would have to wait for my crate to be put in the back seat and then I can sit in the car.

    Well, it is raining and I'm going to have a nap. Very little snow left to play in. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • I'm in love!

    First Donks, now Sharkey Barkey!

    Love word play!

    gail :)

  • Us dogs love to see all that cool snow. There's a heatwave happening here now. We are all getting hosed down. Love your orange jumper Sharkey. Doggie jumpers are a dim memory here. Woofwoof to Francesca. Happy Australia Day WOOF

  • he is BEAUTIFUL! So majestic looking.

  • I love that your animals care for each other! They are sooo cute and always up for whatever new adventure awaits!

  • Friesians are so beautiful! I fell hard for them while in Germany. Wish I could afford one, my husband says we are horse poor!

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