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Winter Venting (Long)

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  • Winter Venting (Long)

    In August, I moved my horses to a barn that "promised" it would have an indoor arena up by Oct. - the barn now sits without a roof. Yep, should have known better. Got out of one bad situation and into another. (The horses so far have been treated fine) The idea of not riding, I tell myself is "okay" for now, as I have been spending the time working on finishing a thesis due this summer....but..

    This is my first year with out an indoor arena in the 20 yrs I have been riding. I know I have been rather spoiled here snowy north. All I want to do is ride my horse. One is in retirement, so he's happy. My riding horse on the other hand just keeps getting into trouble! All last year she had THREE abcesses and then a toe crack at the end of Nov. and now a puncture wound that refuses to heal (don't worry, I'm working with a vet on this issue) and she's lame on it!

    I just seem to have the worse luck these past years. The riding horse is suppose to be my big jumper (4ft), but she will not stay out of trouble to even make it back to 2'6 ft. and now that I haven't ridden in months, I feel my riding has gone to pieces. Some days I look at the big fences (and 2'9 now looks big!) and am not sure how I even had the guts to go over them. All I want to do is ride the horse and nothing I have done seems to help....only make matters worse.

    Thanks for listening - the BF, doesn't mind the horses, he's just getting frustrating listening to me worrying, complaining and nagging. To top things off, we're getting married in a year and half, and looking into buying a house. Just way too many things on my plate. Problem is I am very horse orriented (BF knows it). I just don't know what to do to help me keep sane with all my horsey issues. I know all will pass, but I worry I will never get back to where my riding was - and a new horse is not the anwser, lol.

  • #2
    You can do what the rest of in the great white north do who are not lucky enough to have an indoor do. RIDE OUTSIDE.

    We trailride. I ride in the outdoor arena. Only ice stops me.

    I just remember to wear my under armor. Or my winter riding tights.


    • Original Poster

      Riding outside would be a grand idea...but we keep getting snow, then a nice warm day, melting, rain and then freezing weather and then snow. I need my ice skates on just to make it across the outdoor arena or even paddock!


      • #4
        Yes, it's frustrating when you can't do that which you want, and know you need to do. Ask me how I know...I've been trying to get back in the saddle consistently for years, while I continue to watch my horse(s) age. . Family illness, personal injuries, unusual career demands just seem to keep it out of reach, but...

        It's been a hard winter, so it's not surprising that the construction of indoor that was "promised" is not completed...much less trying to ride outdoors. When I built my big barn/indoor it was started in October 1992 and was finished in May 1993. It was a crappy winter and it really hampered construction. Ah well.

        Things happened that are out of our control, so using the lost time riding gives you an opportunity to finish your thesis. I know it's of little help as the urge to ride is almost like a "calling"..., but this sounds like a situation where you just need to make lemons out of lemonade for the moment. This too shall pass. Good luck with your thesis!
        www.littlebullrun@aol.com See Little Bull Run's stallions at:
        "Argosy" - YouTube and "Boleem" - YouTube
        Boleem @ 1993 National Dressage Symposium - YouTube