Not Riding/Teaching due to cold...a vent.
So the high here today is 17 degrees (6 degrees with windchill) - which is balmy compared to yesterday when the high was 10 degrees. I have chosen to not teach/ride today due to the weather conditions. Because of this, you wouldn't believe the number of people who have called me a wimp for not riding my horses in today's weather. I understand that everyone has differing opinions on what's "too cold" to ride and/or teach. For most people it's a personal decision. What burns me is that I got called a "wimp" for not riding and teaching today. It is my choice to not stress my horses lungs. It's my decision to not stand in the middle of my arena and teach to the point that my fingers and toes throb. Just because someone else rides their horse in this weather does not mean that they're "tougher" than me (which I was told.) It simply means I view my responsibility to my horses a little differently. And it's not fun for me...I'm losing quite a bit of money by not teaching today.
So I'm a little peeved that someone views me as a wimp when I'm choosing to err on the side of safety for my students and horses.
OK...vent over. Thank you :)