So it is Sunday night and I really don’t have much to say. Why? Because somehow I have not been in the saddle since Friday. Friday was an awesome day to ride. Temperature was near 60 degrees and the sun was shining – one of those Goldilocks kind of days – not too hot and not too cold, but just right. The weatherman told us that we were going to get snow Friday night into Saturday morning with snow showers all day Saturday. I hear there was a dusting of snow north of us and some heavy snow showers south of us, but we received nothing. Not a single flake. I wish I could be that wrong at my job and still have a job. Geez. We did have cold rain Saturday morning and crazy cold winds today.
Am I becoming a bit of a Goldilocks in my old age? I mean I could have ridden yesterday since it was just cloudy by the time I made it to the barn, but I opted to love on the boys and hand out treats instead…I could have layered up and ridden today, but opted to just hand walk Ike instead of wrestling with my tack and the stiff, cold leather. Is it a bad thing to be a bit of a fair weather rider? I’ve done my fair share of bad weather riding. I’ve been mounted when it started snowing, sleeting and raining. Been on my horse when the lightening started lighting up the sky. Had the runny nose and tearing eyes from pollen or cold winds. Had numb fingers and toes and chapped lips. Almost suffered heat stroke in the middle of the summer. I have decided that it is more than okay to be a weather wimp.
Before the cold weather returned, Ike and I had a great ride on Friday. I love the rides where everything flows. Transitions are easy. There is no nagging to get the rhythm I want. My half halts seemingly are given at the right moment. I would like to say that Ike and I are starting to “get it.” Instead of being a horse and a rider, we are partners. What an amazing feeling that is. We will continue to have our Goldilocks days where I do too much or too little when asking for an up transition or my half halt is more like a halt. I will continue to wimp out on the really cold days, but I promise that this rider will continue, in spite of the weather, to swing her leg over Ike’s back to be the best she can be, runny nose and cold toes and all.