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As everyone has heard, it is brutally cold here in the East. Our temps are in the single digits and it’s not a whole lot of fun. My riding policy is that if it’s less than 25 degrees or over 85 degrees I don’t ride.
On Sunday and Monday I just did the basics of horse care with feeding, turnout and filling the hay nets. I considered riding Dusty both days because I had a really warm coat (Mountain Horse) that I had bought last year and never got to wear. I approached her twice and tried to pet her and she pinned her ears at me and walked away. Guess she told me in no uncertain terms she wasn’t in the mood. Really, who can blame her?
I called Blue a few times and he looked at me took two steps towards me and turned around and left. Another "no thanks, maybe another" time from him. So even though I really didn’t feel like riding, I gave it some effort. Not my A effort, but good enough in 10 degree weather.
Surprisingly, Donnie and Sami came to the gate. Probably making sure I wasn’t harboring treats in my pockets. They got lots of rubs--Sami loves under his chin/neck scratched. He refuses to leave once you start scratching his itches and practically goes into a trance with his eyes half closed. He’s so sweet. The truth is I didn’t feel like working with them because I was starting to frost over and wanted to go inside. But it was gratifying that I wasn’t turned down flat by all the horses.
When the weather breaks we’ll pick up riding and training again. Right now it’s just nice to be in a warm house with a cup of cocoa and a good book. The upside of the cold snap might be that maybe this year the mosquitoes and flies won’t be as swarming and horrendous as last year. There should always be a good side to miserable conditions and that’s the only one I can think of right now while my fingers and face defrost.
Until next time
Quote for Today
When in doubt, ask a horse.