The Polar Vortex

For the third winter in a row, the polar vortex is on the march again, dipping southward from the North Pole to drive a blast of bitter cold wind, ice and snow that disrupted travel from Georgia to New England.

Horses Coping with the Polar Vortex

Horses generally cope remarkably well even with extremely cold weather as long as they have a shelter or hedge to ensure that they can find protection from the elements, have access to an adequate supply of clean water, and a constant supply of forage (for example hay).

horse in polar vortex
horse caught in polar vortex, background: free desktop wallpaper by Desktopgraphy.

“King”

Here is a phantasy digital art rendition of a horse stuck in the middle of a polar vortex; while the polar bear looks quite happy, the horse is also looking quite well.

Snow Day Horse Art

Today is a blustering cold snow day, eight hours of consistent snowfall, and roads not yet plowed. I found a great remedy against looming cabin fever: spending  the remainder of the afternoon creating some digital art images of my spotted American Saddlebred mare walking in the snow.

Iced Forest (eerie)
Iced Forest (eerie)
Snow Swept Dunes
Snow Swept Dunes

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Snowy Night Crossing
Snowy Night Crossing
Little Snow Fairy
Little Snow Fairy

Treasured Moments Enhanced with Hi- Technology Pad

The latest Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil technology unlocks possibilities that change the way you view and share pictures and photos you love! It has built-in features, e.g. the Retina display front- and rear-facing camera, and sophisticated apps are designed to bring out the best of your photos and turn them into treasured moments to keep forever. The following photo has been digitally edited and enhanced for a client’s facebook page.

Hunter with Connor
Hunter with Connor

She writes about the young rider and horse: “This is Hunter, a miracle preemie child, who is THE most loving, caring boy you’ll ever meet. He feeds the horses daily and has to hug each one. He is riding Connor, an off track Standardbred horse. His registered name is ConSealed.

Hunter Conner original
Original photo needed more “umph”.
 “He is the absolute kindest, most versatile horse I’ve ever met. Trail rides anywhere, cross trained for English/Western Dressage, competes in Combined Driving. We’re interested in more therapeutic work with him for Rides for Heroes Veteran program. Connors sleigh pictures have been widely published and he’s a poster boy for OTT Stb’s. He can sit for months and children can get on and he never puts a foot wrong. He watches over our therapeutic miniature horses.” ~ Rita Douville Bellinger