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  • Feeling frustrated!

    It's been a month since I have ridden any of the horses....holidays, travel, sick with the flu, super cold and snowy, and now the thaw and mud.

    I am not usually bothered by some time off, but it's been too long. My good horse has a CRAZY look in his eye, and I cannot even lunge him due to the mud.

    What do you all do for sanity when you cannot ride and it's so ugly out.

    Just feeling a bit sorry for myself today, and my niners lost, boohoo.

  • #2
    I *choose* not to ride when it's this ugly out. But I have barn chores every day, twice a day, so I'm never deprived of a horse fix.

    Groom the living daylights out of his furry self, reorganize your tack locker, clean your tack . . . horse time need not be in the saddle time.

    And sorry about your Niners. My Super Bowl defending champion Giants didn't even make the playoffs.
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    • #3
      I am totally with you, galloping gormet. I was hoping to compete in early March but that is becoming less and less likely. We are supposed to have a milder-than-average February here in Virginia but they are calling for more snow tonight.

      So I am focusing on other aspects of my life, like getting fit, doing house stuff, organizing, etc. and if I don't run Mick until the end of March, so be it.

      I hate these short days and bad footing. If only I could have a covered arena...


      • #4
        Yup! I am feeling the winter blues also!! Have not ridden since the first week of December. Finally going indoors this weekend but it has been a long 2 months!! Now I get to do a lot of walking with my guy to put his base back on and that is not so much fun when it is 20 degrees!! Oh well, lucky to have what I have but I thought you might want to know you are not alone!! This too shall pass


        • #5
          I'm in the same boat. Haven't ridden the Wee Dee Trrr in a month. The
          Fat pony has done some walking... A whole 2 times in 30 days. I do clean stalls 4x/week, which has sustained me thus far... But it's beginning to be not quite enough!
          Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...


          • Original Poster

            Thanks, guys. It's good to know you have company! We also have had fog and an inversion, I sooooo want the sun to shine. I could not live in Seattle.

            Anyway, I've been starting back on the treadmill - and I bought that Power Wheel some fitness crazy rider recommended in another thread! YIKES.

            Maybe I'll organize my office and closet, paint, cook, and pray for spring sunshine!!!


            • #7
              Same here! Winter in MS = torrential downpours, apparently. Our arena has been a lake. Just when I'm about convinced I can see enough ground vs. water in the arena to call it good, another downpour comes along...until last Tuesday the last time I had been able to ride was mid-November.

              I was so excited about my temporary move to San Antonio - dry, warm, an indoor - and for one week, it was great! Then, in the space of one hour, Mr. Prissypants decides what his left front leg really needs is a giant gash in it, pulls loose his right front shoe, and mysteriously decides to start favoring his right hind. We're down to one good leg

              So I'm right back where I started! And like others, I've been trying to keep from going crazy with exercise and chores. And yet I'm sitting here on the couch eating ice cream...


              • #8
                I rode for the first time on saturday in over a month...it's been really crappy here in the midatlantic. Unless you have an arena with superb drainage or an indoor its basically impossible to ride!


                • #9
                  Yeah, my ring thawed for about 2 days and during one of them I had to work late . So if I ride at all it's only walking. And I just got my new jump saddle. Sigh.


                  • Original Poster

                    So, I got to the indoor yesterday for a nice ride. I didn't want to take a lesson since it's been over a month. He was AWESOME, had great energy, got some nice trot going.

                    I just didn't realize how much I missed it until I couldn't ride! Hope you all get to go soon....


                    • #11
                      Read! If I can't get out to the barn for some reason, I always watch some educational horse videos, a horse movie, or read anything I can about riding/horses. It helps me, so maybe it will help you.


                      • #12
                        I complained that the indoor was getting boring yesterday so I wound up on the longe line with no stirrups for 30 minutes! Ow.
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                        • Original Poster

                          I watched the entire series of 'the road to maclay' on you tube - it was an Animal Planet series from 2005.....

                          Good news - the sun came out yesterday and it was high 40's - able to go out and work the babies.....


                          • #14
                            THANK YOU, THANK YOU everybody! I just came out of hospital (was in for a week with a vicious viral double pneumonia that came out of no where and flattened me out...). Doc's orders no riding for another two weeks or so, and just walk/trot work at that. Before then, my leased potato pasture pony had maybe a handful -no more - of work in December. I was starting to guilt myself out, but the weather in Virginia has been wonky - either too warm for my non-clipped leased beast, or too cold and footing is shot. Spending this recuperation/down time walking on the treadmill, starting yoga to stretch, reading any horse book I own, and clearing out through huge piles of COTH, PH, Equus and other horse magazines. I use to love winter, but I'm afraid I've turned old, I'm ready for warmer temps!
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