Well folks, the Polar Vortex has returned. Yes, that nasty little trinket in our weather system has returned. The Polar Vortex is over they said, it will be warmer from now on they said. They lied. I should have known better. In the fall I read the Farmers Almanac online and this was the weather prediction for this winter; mild temperatures followed by frigid temperatures. Absolutely freezing temperatures. Below average for cold. Lots of precipitation. I should have known they were right. They were not kidding when they used the word; "frigid".
|Liam and Ozzy Kisses|
|Liam, almost 3 now!|
I had a dressage lesson on Sunday and was able to try a used Amerigo that my coach brought down. It looked like a good fit and it rode very nicely. It is probably in the top two of saddles I have enjoyed the most. I also had a fitting done, with photos and measurements. They are then sent to a fitter and she will advise me of what saddles and models are the best fit for Penny and I. Then, if she has any on consignment she will ship them to me to try. Her website is Equestrian Imports. My coach uses her and my mom bought her saddle through her also. Just a wait and see now what she thinks of the saddle I tried and if that is the right saddle for Penny.
My lesson was excellent and also tough. The weather was insane and Penny was very caliente...I almost fell off...the arena door blew open and a gust of snow blew in as it slammed against the wall...the weather was seriously crazy! I stayed on somehow, and I actually came away from my lesson with some good things to work on.
|Parker - so cute|
|Sugars new blanket :)|
The weather continued to get worse and yesterday it was cold, again. Really cold, like, -17c. My friend Dana was coming over for a lesson with my mom though, so I decided I would tough it out and ride one last time before the real cold was coming. I rode Penny and William and they were both very well behaved. I gave them a good workout knowing there was going to be a major break in the riding this week. So, I am happy I was able to at least have that ride, but today and the rest of the week is supposed to be well into the -20s/-30s at night. There will be no riding. Boo.
I am more annoyed than normal because things seem to have made a good turn with all the horses, and they are happy and enjoying their work and routine. Now, they are freezing all day outside wearing too many blankets, then come in and stand around at night all bored in the cold! This morning Sugar was shivering in her stall. Sugar - a Shetland pony! She had a blanket on but apparently it was just too cold last night (-37c). My mom bought her a nice heavyweight Weatherbeeta today and it suits her perfectly! My pony will never again be cold thank goodness. I hate the winter, I feel so bad for the animals in the winter. And I feel bad for me because I can't ride. Boo.
But, I am just writing tonight so I won't stress over it. The horses can have a little vacation this week and I can take a break and get some things done around the house. Maybe relax a bit. Stay in, and keep warm. Like Miss. Piggy.
Tell me I am not the only one.
|spot the swine.|