1. Official sunset is somewhere around 5:30pm from most of November through January. By 6:30 it's usually pitch black. That means that if I'm headed up to ride later in the evening, I have to either hope my barn owner kept my horse in the barn for me or hike through 30 acres of wooded pasture listening closely for horsey noises. Buh.
2. Temperatures in Indiana can vary crazily. This week for example? Sunday it was 70 degrees and windy. Yesterday, the temps were in the mid 50's and the sun was gorgeous. This morning, it was 28 degrees and it's only going to get colder from here on out! Sometimes, we can go from 60 degree highs to lows in the teens on the same day. How do you even dress for that? How do you dress your horse? Horse people in Indiana are crazy weather watchers; we have to be!
3. Long warm ups, stiff ponies (and riders!), and long cool downs rule your riding days. Pig's movement isn't really fluid until after his first canter in the winter. Plus, he's often sluggish and not much for working. I can relate, 20 meter circles in the indoor ring get pretty old after awhile.
4. My exercise-induced asthma turns into a management nightmare. I often have to stop cantering due to shortness of breath. It turns out that my breathing problems are triggered by coming and going from warm to cold temperatures. Let's just say that I keep my emergency inhalers pretty close in the winter.
5. Cold rain. 'Nuff said. I'd much rather have a blizzard than a freezing cold rain. Brrrr!
Besides this list of awful things about winter, I have to say there are things about the season I enjoy. Riding ponies down snow-covered lanes, comes to mind. So does finding myself sleepy at 9:30, rather than fighting the sun to get to bed at a reasonable hour. Oh, and sweaters. And pumpkin pie. And the crisp way the sun shines on a cold day.
Okay, you caught me. I actually love winter. Now, if only I could find a way to get my shoulders to relax and drop when I'm chilled...
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