Snow Dancer #11160

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The Story

This is my old pal Dinah having some snow fun after being stuck inside the barn for a day and a night while a snowstorm went over. Just like any ten year old with a snow day off from school, she’s a pretty happy horse out for a romp in this picture! Generally speaking, all horses love new snow and really enjoy themselves when first getting out into it, as shown here.

All the prancey excitement going on here brought about the title Snow Dancer. Dinah always moved so beautifully with her natural Morgan horse poise and grace, and on this day she kept up a trot all around the big level ring. Seeing her go was quite a pleasure to stand back while watching the snow fun. She was easily the most attractive horse in the barn, with her looks coming straight from her national champion Morgan sire.

Those national show circuit Morgan horses don’t have to be very smart, only look good, and Dinah certainly lived up to both those qualifications. She was also a big tease adding to the geldings torment while behaving like a privileged cheerleader at times, but only on her side of the fence! Sometimes an equine problem child, her favorite past time was finding new and creative ways to misbehave and chewing her stall boards.

As a result of her prissy-ness, I christened her the Barn Barbie and it suited her to the proverbial tee. Dinah was always a wonderful sight in late summer when a horse’s coat blooms into it’s shiniest peak. Her top dark areas were shiny, sleek, and near black, but her light yellow underbelly was covered with many golden dapples that picked up sunlight like gold coins. Truly, Dinah was always a stunning horse to behold, even in the new winter snow.

If you’d like to see more, another good image of a horse enjoying new winter snow is Snow Runner #14368, a young Arabian stallion.

Location: Carrolltown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Picture and text © Andrew Dierks

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