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Winter is not my season

I am no different than you. I wanted to stay inside where it was pleasant. We haven't seen the sun for a couple days. Last Tuesday it was 85 and I rode in a tank top. The sun set a little later. This Tuesday it was 44 with a windchill of 38 and I'm pretty sure the sun set 15 minutes after it came up.


I didn’t want to work. Some of the young training horses were a little extra. But horses don’t learn about life or get educated standing in the pasture. They don’t learn to deal with less than ideal conditions without working in them. My horses were pleasant to ride. But we have spent years building a relationship, many seasons together and we have battled the weather war together before. They became dependable because I rode even when it was uncomfortable and I didn't want to.


I don’t have a covered arena. I am in the elements all day. I spent 12hrs outside today. The battery on my heated vest lasts 8hrs... I did chores, ran 4.8 miles, lessons, worked 7 horses (which took longer than normal), and trimmed two. I ran out of daylight and rode in the dark. It was actually more pleasant after dark when the wind quit. It’s easy to be a fair weather rider. It’s easy to wait for perfect conditions but that doesn’t make a horse. Even if you do 15 minutes of groundwork, get out and do something. You will reap the benefits down the road.





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Sue Ann Kendall
Sue Ann Kendall
Nov 16, 2022

I was out in the wind for three hours yesterday while our horses got bodywork. Both us humans were chilled but the horses were happy to be under their shelter, I guess. I’d rather ride in cold than extreme heat.

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charmingbear3
charmingbear3
Nov 16, 2022

We met and it was 38’ and windy. That first meeting and ride are cherished memories for me with Sundance and becoming friends with you! To this day we ride in all weather and we especially love windy manes and my hair blowing rides! Thank you Tarrin. Every day I am grateful to you! ❤️

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Sue Ann Kendall
Sue Ann Kendall
Nov 16, 2022
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Agree!

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