Winter is setting in where I live (kind of up north) and it is just sucking all the motivation right out of me. I am in total hibernation mode right now. But with the wet and cold I just don't want to face the barn.
But I have goals so it's really bugging me. I can't meet my goals without working the horse.
I am with you. I am not sure about you, but once it is cold and stays that way I am much better than I am right now. I hate when the weather changes from day to day. I like nice and sunny, or I like cold. I don't like this inbetween stuff.
Right now on the cold nights I think, oh it will be better tomorrow, so I will work then. I am also currently avoiding the inevitable of having to work in the indoor.
Not much help I know, but I will be looking at the response you get to see if they help me out in anyway.
I am with you. It is cold here in Wisconsin. I would love to hibernate but it isn't possible with 3 horses to care for. I board, but they still depend on me for their exercise etc. I keep myself going by telling myself the only way my boy and I are going to make it to Nationals next year is a lot of time together in the saddle. Once I get out there I am ok, well cold, but ok. I also dress warm - under armor, carhart jacket, hat etc. so the weather isn't as bad as when I am in my office clothes leaving work.
I also have another horse that I am trying to get back into the show ring, I refuse to give up on him so he is another reason I haul myself out there 7 days a week. It is only November - I think it is going to be a long winter if I am complaining already.
So far, here in the North Western corner of Virginia, the weather can't really make up it's mind on what it wants to do. My Barn has already had snow flurries. I hate that I missed that, but they sit in the valley between the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah.
It's cold one day, windy the next and by the time I leave work at 5PM, it's dark outside. Absolutely NO motovation during the week and I KNOW I must continue to work Pete and work on my confidence and riding lessons.
And it doesn't help that I'm considering bringing on another horse this week for a trial period. Our Indoor is up, but the footing isn't in yet and the BO is using it for storage so it limits the area of use, plus Pete freeks if I ask him to go inside.
Riding outside at night is no big deal, both round pen and arena have lights, and if it's only just cold and not windy, it's not that big of a deal, but if it's windy, I can't here my trainer.
So, I too will be watching your thread, thanks for posting. I hate being cold, my body hurts far worse in the cold than it does in the heat.
Look for us "horseless riders" in the appropriately named thread and see if anyone of us lives near you and would like to take turns exercising your horse(s.) I'm up for it - New England winters can't bring me down
I actually seem to ride more in the winter than I do in the summer since there isn't much to do here in the WET Pacific Northwest. I have set days that I ride (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) and I only let myself out of it for something extreme. The times that I seem to lack motivation is when it is raining cats and dogs and I have to load up to go over to my trainers barn but I just force myself.
I also try to have some pretty big goals so I know that I have to work hard to achieve them.
For me the most important thing in the winter is lessons. It makes me schedule a time to ride my horse, makes me drag myself out to work with him so that I keep in shape, and gives me little week-to-week goals to work on. But I admit that I still only make it to the barn on weekends... though my horse is perfectly happy turned out and playing in the snow with no annoying woman to make him do stuff. (:
This is why I love being a pleasure/trail rider. Don't feel like riding? So I just don't. My mare's snugged up in her turnout sheet, I still go out and feed her snacks and say hello, so she's not complainin either!
Don't feel like ya HAVE to go out and ride. You're not gonna enjoy your ride if you're forcing yourself into the saddle!
Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!
I don't ride as much in the winter because our ring freezes alot :[ and we don't have an indoor. So, I go for bareback trail rides and I work on carrot stretches, belly tickle/back lifts, etc. in the barn aisle. I also work towards curing my horse's clipper fear (which makes me even less motivated to ride when the ring footing is okay because his furry butt takes forver to dry off!)
I try to get in the saddle whenever I can, but when I can't/don't want to - inside work!
Dont over do it so that everyone thinks you just got back from Cancun, but enough to lift your mood.
I had winter depression one year and went 1-2x/week starting out at 4 or so minutes and eventually working up to 8/9 minutes. I started feeling so much better and it doesn't hurt that you will have that healthy glow when everyone else is pasty white
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Thanks all. I usually am pretty adaptable to the weather changes/season changes since I try to ride 5-6 days a week. But this fall... I dunno. I just want to curl up and sleep. Midlife something? I am going to be 40 next year.
I had a conversation with my boss and explained that I planned to take noon to 2pm off every Wednesday for a riding lesson, and that I planned to stay late on Wednesday evening to make up the time. This schedule would be in effect for November, December and January. He said ok. I'm 53 and have been with the company for 23 years, so cut the old lady some slack! I am sick and tired of leaving work when it's dark, and riding outside in the cold and shadows, or trying to ride in the indoor with a large group. I should have done this years ago.
And check out the "backyard polo" thread in Off Course; turns out several folks find games a great way to keep winter interesting. I bought my broom and ball today...training begins in earnest tomorrow.
Change into your riding clothes in your nice warm office, get in the car and drive to the barn. Just do it. Don't give yourself the option to not go. Your goals aren't going to achieve themselves, and it's simply not fair to your horse if you are taking lessons and setting goals to not keep his fitness up and give him a regular routine.
For me, there are days in the winter where it simply isn't safe to drive to the barn after work--no guarantee I'll make it back over the pass and up my mountain afterwards if there's a snowstorm, (I've already had one white knuckle drive this winter, and it's only November...) so the days I can get down there, I take full advantage of.
One good motivation is the amount of money I spend on board... I'm darned well going to get my money's worth out of the facilities!