The winter solstice isn’t for over a week yet winter weather has arrived for a lot of us already. From Texas to the Northeast it seems like we are all freezing our butts off at the barn.
Last year I didn’t have any set goals for how often I would ride. Annie was very very green and still a baby at 3yo. I rode when it was convenient and comfortable to do so. This year I am planning to follow a similar motto. Annie had a really full year and I want to relax and have fun this winter. Sure I have goals and progress I want to make but I don’t plan to ride no matter what just to make it happen if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Oh little baby horse you sure can be a good boy when you want to! 😇Cant complain when a 4yo TB thats had off since Monday hacks around quietly in 33 and dropping temps under the lights (and no pre-ride lunge!) So happy to have thus week of progress and good rides! 😍 #recycledracehorse #ottbsofinstagram #falllinefarm
As we aren’t going to any shows in the near future I am not going to kill myself to ride 5-6 days a week. If I can get 3 rides a week I will be really happy with that. Not having an indoor also facilitates this thought process because I am not going to ride if the footing is frozen or if it hurts to breathe. I would love to use this winter to focus on our flat work and really finesse things so we aren’t llamas in the dressage court next year.
All of those things said what are your all’s thresh holds for winter riding? Is there a temperature that keeps you out of the tack? Do you also like to use the winter as a wind down or are do you keep on keeping on all year round?