Snow, the White Horse

Snow is one of the cast of equine characters at Finca Las Alturas. She arrived at the farm as a four month old foal and quickly became attached to Patsy, learning to come when her name was called. Which she still does.

As the only white or even light-coloured horse on the farm, Snow is a stand out in the crowd. In a desperate bid to fit in, or so it might seem, Snow is frequently seen rolling in the mud. And even more frequently, she’s seen after she’s been rolling in the mud.

Standing out in the crowd.

In reality, Snow is an albino so her sensitive, pink skin leaves her highly susceptible to sunburn. She often wears a face mask to keep her nose from getting burned and loves to roll in the mud as additional protection from the sun’s rays. We affectionately refer to this habit as “going to the spa.”

Snow at the spa mud bath.

When Snow comes in for a good grooming it kind of does snow, as she has a tendency to shed, especially as the rainy season turns into dry season.

Snow, on the ground

Snow, on the ground.

Uh oh, looks like Snow has been to the spa again

Uh oh, looks like Snow has been to the spa again. Well, half of her, at least.

Horses Kicking up Their Heels in the Rain

Well, not quite “singing” in the rain, but after days of hot weather the horses were pretty excited to experience a refreshing downpour. About mid-afternoon a few clouds rolled in and by late afternoon the rains began. It’s always nice to get a good solid rain in the midst of dry season, and this one arrived just in time to water the plaza (a.k.a. playground, a.k.a. dance floor) for Wednesday’s Parelli Natural Horsemanship clinic with Nita Jo Rush.

Rain in Costa Rica

The best part was seeing how much the horses enjoyed the cooler, fresh air!

Horses in the Morning

Each morning Trainer Isa brings the herd in from the pasture for a health check, grooming, feeding and training, and of course, trail riding.

On this bright, early morning she finds half of the herd high atop the pasture and leads Snow and Brownie down while Pegasus and Bella follow. Isa must go in search of the remainder of the herd which confuses Bella, as the barn is in the other direction.

The Newest Addition

The newest addition to the farm is a sweet little fellow named Ad. He was a surprise new resident, rescued during Trainer Isa’s ride to a nearby lookout to see the sunset one evening. Right from the start he was at home with the horses, making that first journey home in Isa’s lap, atop Houdini.

Ad has been an instant hit, snuggling right in.

Kitten snuggles like a baby

The horses have mixed reviews, from concern to curiosity to boredom. Princesa is rather unconcerned.

Kitten meets horse

Bringing the Horses Home

Every morning Trainer Isa brings the herd in from the pasture for daily care and training. The mountainside is steep and sometimes it’s a challenge just to find the horses.

Here Isa has ridden Princesa and is leading Bella and Esquimoso. Brownie, Bella’s mom, is following close behind with Snow bringing up the rear. No one wants to be left behind!