Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cold Snap

OK so now that you’re caught up on my equally wonderful (vacation) and miserable (death in the family) December, and I’ve wowed you with my 2017 goals (hardee har har), let’s move on to what’s actually happening in January! In a nutshell? Nothing. DH and I spent Sunday (the last day of nice weather) visiting family. I was off work on Monday for a state holiday, but didn’t do anything other than stuff Ruby full of candy canes because it was drizzy and gross. 
I mean, she loves candy canes, so was that a problem?

Tuesday I did manage a quick lunge… but in the spirit of complete honesty, I only went to the barn so I could try on her new silver DSBs and teal fly bonnet I got for Christmas. I know, I’m the worst. There was a pole out in the arena so I incorporated that into our lunge session. Ruby was quite offended when I asked her to lunge in smaller circles over the pole, but I think the faux indignation was more due to the ridiculous amount of time off than actually being upset about anything. We had a pretty drastic temperature drop Tuesday as well, which can produce some pretty exciting reactions! Her canter departs were… dramatic. Once she got her snorting and flailing out of the way, she was great. 
Yasssss. (side note: those dapples!!!)

Wednesday was even colder (side note: Apple users, if you’re not getting your weather from WhatTheForecast, you should be. Us poor Android users are stuck with HumourCast). 
I mean, it wasn't wrong....
Buuuuuuut because my new Majyk Equipe boots arrived, of course I had to go put them on Ruby. My stupid phone (that hates cold weather) died approximately 18 times while I tried desperately to get ONE photo of her new boots (and blingy bell boots, haha), but this was all I got. I LUFFS them. I can't wait to get photos of them actually in ACTION. They will probably end up being Cinna's boots (because the silver DSBs will look better on Ruby), and the bells will as well (too small for Ruby), but I was desperate to try them out, so Ruby never minds being the guinea pig. We mostly walked (it was hella cold).
All of the heart eyed emojis.
I know this is a personal preference, but I try to avoid working my horses if it’s under 20 degrees. I might do some bareback walking, or a super abbreviated lunge session (with LOTS of warm up and cool down walking). I could give you any number of excuses for why that’s my temperature cutoff, but mostly it’s because I ride for fun… and when it’s so cold that it hurts to breathe, I don’t find it fun. I find Netflix and my couch full of dachshunds fun.
 
Do you know what I like even less than cold? Cold precipitation. I missed December’s icy snowy fit (by mere hours, as I boarded a plane to Puerto Rico haha), but never fear, January is here! Last night it started snowing and it was still flurrying on my commute. It’s not so much that I mind the actual snow, I just find it annoying that I have to go out and drive in it and do things. It can be fun for photo ops and things, but unfortunately, we’re still in the portion of the year where I leave my house when it’s dark and it’s basically dark when I get home. Boo.
It’s supposed to be a whopping 31 degrees on Saturday, so maybe I can get out and do something!

18 comments:

  1. Hope it warms up for you this weekend. We're getting a bit warmer but also getting tons of rain (which we need).
    I love the dapples. Bays are my favorite color but when you throw dappling in I'm over the moon.

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    1. Yay for much needed rain!
      Yes I love when bays dapple too 😍 she would have more if I spent more time on grooming, haha, she has a great coat!

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  2. Ugh - we're getting the same kind of weather where I'm at and it sucks. I also don't ride under a certain temp because I just can't physically handle it ><;

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    1. Yeah I can't really either. I have crummy circulation so my fingers and toes basically turn into ice cubes under 20. It's gross and I hate it πŸ˜’ hopefully it warms up for both of us soon!

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  3. That weather app is highly amusing! Thanks

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  4. Everyone is buying the new Magjik boots and now I want some... for absolutely NO reason except PRETTY.

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    1. Thats 100% why I bought mine....Haha. I don't even use boots all that much. But now I'm excited about the ridiculous amounts of color coordinating I can do since my wardrobe/tack is like 50% teal.

      #noregrets

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  5. Ughhh yea winter is arriving for real here too. So sad. My phone dies in the cold too and it drives me nuts lol. I mean, if I can't take pictures of my pony, is there even a point?? And honestly this time of year there are days that I can only convince myself to go to the barn bc I need the Fitbit steps. Ugh. Winter.

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    1. Haha I feel you on the Fitbit steps! Although I'm only meeting my 10k/day goal like.... every other day. I'm a sloth in the winter....

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  6. IT's starting to dip into the freezing temps now and I am getting myself ready for a few months of NOT RIDING. Even if I had an indoor I won't ride when it's below -10 celcius. It's not fun for anyone! The boots are great and I will have to check out the app.

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    1. Yeah I don't see the point in both me and my horse being miserable when it's that cold! Spring will be here before we know it. At least that's what I keep telling myself!

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  7. I love snow! But I'm also very warm-blooded and get hot once I start moving. I'm sure Ruby appreciates the days off when it's cold...warming up sure takes longer for Mort.

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    1. Yes, Ruby has no problem with all the days off due to her useless mom who can't deal with super hot or super cold weather πŸ˜‚ haha.

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    1. Sign me up for that. I should live in a more temperate climate. I've thought about Texas but I feel like their summers would melt my face off.

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  9. IT'S SO COLD. They turned the hot water off in the barn earlier in the week so soaking grain takes foreverrrr and tonight shut off the waterers so buckets had to go in every stall. Winter needs to eff off.

    p.s. new boots are super cute!

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