Well, the cold has settled in here. The next few days will be a bit of a deep freeze. The highs for the next few days will be around -21C (-6F)....yes, you read that correctly....-21C is the HIGH. With the windchill it will feel like -32C (-25F). There is a cold warning in affect and it is recommended that people not go out unless absolutely necessary. Such a shame, because it's brilliantly sunny and the snow is crunchy.
I have a couple of girlfriends that want to meet Gem so they were going to meet me at the stables tomorrow, watch me attempt to ride, and then the plan was to go for lunch. One of these ladies is quite impressed that I have taken up riding at this stage in my life. She thinks I am brave. Crazy is still the word that regularly jumps to mind when I think about this adventure. Up until hearing about the weather, my biggest concern was what to wear in case one of my girlfriends decided to take pictures. :-)
I may not be a great example of what riding should be, but I am a bit of a keener. I brought a change of clothing to the office yesterday so I could head out to the stables right after work. Fridays are usually not a riding night for me in the winter. Quite often I am the only person there, and I won't ride in the arena by myself for safety reasons. It took a while to put on my 5 layers of clothing, but I managed to accomplish my Michelin Man look and off I went. It was about -20C. When I arrived, I saw LA bringing in some of the older horses from the fields so that they could overnight in the old barn. I asked her about riding in this weather.
Me: Do you think I can ride Gem on Sunday?
Me: But I have some friends coming and they want to see me on him.
Me: OK, I won't do any trotting. I will just walk him around, maybe a little leg yielding stuff.
Me: I will blanket him when I walk him to the arena and, of course, after.
Me: So, I guess what you are saying is that I shouldn't ride Gem in these temperatures.
LA: (sigh) If you can't breathe in this weather, your horse can't breathe.
Me: Got it. Thank you.
Thank goodness I have LA as my voice of sanity! I have canceled tomorrow's visit. This weather is not just hard on us; it's hard on all of our fur companions. The Dog House has some excellent suggestions on how to help our pets be safe and comfortable in these temperatures. For those of you who's weather mirrors mine, keep warm!
What was I thinking....?