some tips for riding during the cold dark week!
Hi guys, like all of you I am sort of struggling with the time change as well, and adapting my riding schedule to the lack of daylight. I ride on weekends and during the week, and cannot afford to have my trainer give training rides during the week but I've so far made it work. I have a few things that have made it easier to cope w/winter riding.
I live in CA so it's not super cold here, but even then I still do not have an indoor or even lights on the outdoor so all rides have to end by 5 pm. Fortunately I work for a company that is based upon letting employees work from anywhere, our number one product is GoToMyPC software, so I'm able to work from home if I need to and connect remotely to my office computer. I highly highly recommend anyone who has an office job to talk to their boss about letting them work from home and being flexible with work hours. For me, I go to the office from about 8 am til 3:30 (eat lunch at the desk), leave, shoot over to the barn which is fortunately 2 miles from work, and ride for about 45 min - all in all 1.5 hours with grooming and tacking up, etc. Then after I get home I log back in to work for a bit.
Things do come up however, the odd meeting that is scheduled at 3 and of course i can't ride on those days. If he can get out there, my husband will lunge "our" horse LOL or give him a turnout. So far, so good.
I discovered something really great the other day though, which shaved off some time. I got a pair of jean breeches (I think Equine Couture) and they are absolutely cute and fit great. So great I ended up wearing them to work with tall boots and a long sweater. I got about 3 compliments on them from coworkers :D! Anyway, I went straight to the barn in them and just had to change my boots and put on a sweatshirt. It's the little things! Also contemplating tacking my horse up in his stall (the cross ties are somewhat far from his stall/paddock) to save time once i get to the barn. I seem to run into the people that don't work and want to chat, which is great but not when you're trying to squeeze in a ride.;)