It's too cold to ride productively when it's this cold; this is much colder than this region's average, so I'm careful about strenuous exercise when it's colder than what my horses are acclimated to.
We finally made it to the Frederick feed store to pick up Lily's cherished 10-10 Pellets. (10% protein, 10% fat. I mix it 50/50 with her Triple Crown Senior. 3 lbs of each twice a day. It's not super low starch but it is high fat, it's balanced for MD hay and grass, and she really, really likes it, which is the most important thing with her being a picky eater. Adding the 10-10 Pellet saves me so much money right now. Prior to this I was going through a whole bag of TC Senior a week! That was almost $90/month just on one horse's feed.)
Anywho. After the feed store we stopped by the apartment to swap to the Beast for the barn. We were originally going to pull out Kathy's trailer to practice trailer loading with Gracie but the area around the trailer was both icy and snowy and the truck didn't have the best grip. Afraid of getting stuck with both our truck and Kathy's trailer right smack in the middle of the driveway, we decided to leave the practice for another less snowy day.
We helped with chores and fed the horses dinner. I wanted to hop on for a quick ride since we were expecting snow and then rain with some warmer temperatures over the weekend, and I figured the snow would be gone by the next time I made it out to the barn.
I slipped Gracie's bridle on when she was done with her grain and got on. I didn't bother removing her blankets because I had no intention of working her even remotely hard enough to break a sweat, even while blanketed.
Charles snagged some pics towards the end of the ride. I just rode in the paddock that doubles as an arena, mostly working in Gracie's big, swinging walk; doing some short bits of lateral work; and I even got brave enough to gait for short stretches. The blankets doubled as a bareback pad, basically. I had a blast and G-Mare was a very good girl.
We rode for about 20 minutes, until I realized that Charles was shivering despite his 8 million layers. I dismounted and set Gracie free. Lily had the day completely off: it was too cold to be tacking up proper (for which I invariably always need to remove my gloves.)
We let Queenie and Deja out of their stalls and all four mares went straight for the round bale. Charles and I left before it got any colder! It was 10 degrees when we got back into the truck for the drive home.
And I'm NOT complaining about winter because I DO love snow and a few piddly inches is nothing compared to what some other folks are getting. Namely Canada. Go here to read about it.
|Nope, that is not perspective. That house really is buried under all that snow. They had 16'.|