-getting horses shod with rim pads and boriums
-frozen fingers and toes
-less riding unless you trailer to an indoor, which you can't sometimes because of road conditions.
snow-blowing a trail around the ring then 2 big figure 8s so we can keep riding
-spreading wet shavings on said trails for traction
-riding in the snow (powder) is FUN! but doesn't happen too often around here (New England, USA) because there is usually a thick crust of ICE on top of said snow *sigh*
-one blessed, blessed invention- HEATED WATER BUCKETS!
-Riding on the BEACH! Great footing there, and no one around, usually, when it's windy and 20 degrees F out!
But never mind winter. It's Spring here now, and the darned BUGS are coming out already.
funny I should read this on the first summer-like day we're having in northern Alaska. Although the air temp is only 35 degrees, we have brilliant sunshine, 24 hours of daylight, I'm running around in my t-shirt, birds arriving everywhere from the south; the air is filled with the sound of honking geese and swans and songbirds.
The beavers are up and about, and so are the grizzly bears in the hills. The land is still 70% covered in snow, but it's going fast. Last night at midnight my dog and I went skijoring in the clear evening sunshine. We followed the tracks of a mama bear and cubs, saw moose, an otter and a fox. On the hillside across the valleys, we observed a herd of wild muskoxen and I saw they have two new babies!
The snow has that lovely, heavy, crystallized quality just before the melt; perfect for skiing.
Winter here? Oh, it's glorious. Lovely snow, endless trails, skijoring from ridge to ridge through untouched wilderness valleys that are as pristine and smoothly covered with snow, like an empty bathtub. Sure, there are days when it blows like a mother and you can't see beyond your front porch, but you just use those to rest and do crafts. I love all seasons here, it's so beautiful.
If only I had horses here my world would be complete!
saw this heading the eventer board and i was like, WHAT! it should be saying SUMMER'S here! don't scare me like that ! then i was like, oh wait, she must be in Australia (and surely, that's how it turned out)
Yeah, well I am from Iowa originally and that is WAY more midwest than where I live now! Much, much, MUCH colder and much more snow. I have no idea how many miles south I moved but it has made a heck of a difference. Frankly, I don't care what you call it, but I call it warmer.