Today's forecast was wet and windy. After doing morning chores, I started the steamer for supper hay. When the timer went off, it was just spitting rather than raining, so I pulled on my warm winter breeches and went to the barn. Once there, I waffled; the spit seemed to be getting heavier. I headed back to the house; it really wasn't that
wet. I turned around and headed back towards the barn.... Wash, rinse, repeat a few times (hey, it fed the FitBit) before I told myself to Just Do It – and did!
And the whole day will feel the better for it. ;-)
We warmed up in the arena, then rode down to the mailboxes and back, doing a little lateral work, a bit of trot and even smaller bit of canter. Short; sweet. I think my mustang man is feeling better; hurray!
Now I'm back inside a warm house with a fire going in the woodstove; the wind has definitely picked up. No photos, but how about a list of things I'm thankful for – eight for the 8th of November.
- Warm winter breeches by Boink, a gift from my husband many years ago. I misplaced them for a couple years; so glad to have found them again!
- Warm winter gloves by Kerrits – their riding gloves, winter and summer versions both, are my favorites.
- My saddle – inexpensive (even more so because I got it used) and synthetic, it fits both of us well and is weatherproof.
- Our arena. As places to ride out from home become more restricted, it has become essential.
- My handy husband, who built our arena (after the dirt work was done), and my cavaletti, and the hay steamer, and much more.
- My professional husband, who has done so much mundane and advanced work to keep/get my horses healthy and sound over the years.
- Fun challenges like #NoStirrupNovember.
- Last but not least, my mustang man, Lancelot Dun Dino!