Blackout   1 comment

I was sitting here, looking at horses on Youtube last night, when the lights went out.  Suddenly, it was really, really dark; and I could hear Billy bellowing for help from the living room.

The trouble was that he was dozing in his powered recliner, and he was stuck.  His immediate reaction when the power goes out is to get up and turn off the pump, because a power surge could burn it out.  But he couldn’t get up.

I fumbled my way out to the living room — not easy, with four helpful dogs underfooot — and evaluated the situation.  We had encountered this problem before, and the best solution was for me to get behind the chair and push, tipping it forward and Billy out.  That also is not easy, because he outweighs me by a hundred pounds, and the chair is heavy too.  I got my back to it, braced both feet, and shoved.  It worked, and he managed to get to his feet.

We thought the problem might have been someone crashing into a power pole, because there was not even a flicker as the system tried to restart.  Off he went in a cloud of dust, to shut down the main pump and start the backup.  It was a widespread blackout, because we couldn’t see lights even up on the bluffs.  It was overcast and really dark.  We couldn’t help but think of all the little trick-or-treaters out there, and hope they all had flashlights.

Billy was back quickly — too quickly.  The backup pump was out, too.  We were good for a while.  There was enough residual pressure to keep the horses in water for quite a while, and each toilet had one flush.  Once, though, a power outage had lasted nearly twenty-four hours, and we never, ever, want to go through that again.

It wasn’t that bad this time, though.  In about an hour and a half the lights came back on.  The TV was OK, the computer was OK, and we had water again.

The events in New York just underline how lucky we were to have such a short blackout.

Here’s another horse color.  It’s mahogany bay, and it’s not rare.  This mare, though, has an unusual depth and richness of color.  Notice, too, the dapples.  This is not an effect of color, as in a dapple grey, but the texture of the coat.  In summer, it just gives a watered-silk effect, but as the winter coat comes in there is a difference in the length of the hair.

This mare is a Morab, which is a Morgan-Arabian cross, and she is a lovely creature.

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Posted November 1, 2012 by stablewoman in Around the Ranch, Horses

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  1. Get a manual recliner next time. LOL

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