I saw a meme yesterday that said “the weather just went from 90 to 55 like it saw a state trooper.” Apt.
If the new normal is messed up weather, then we are living it. Today feels more like January here; just yesterday I was outside, sweating, fighting off mosquitoes in 90F. And now it’s 45F and raining. RAINING AGAIN. It also feels really weird to be covered in itchy bug bites when it’s so cold outside;
some kind of cognitive dissonance is happening in my brain because of it, and I’m feeling almost feverish. Maybe I have West Nile? Or maybe I dressed too warmly? Eh, who knows.
Well, I got three rides in on Eli over the weekend. Friday night, I had the small arena all to myself so even though Eli had a little extra energy from not working all week, the ride was quite peaceful, except little leapy move that felt like it stemmed from a place of playfulness in Eli and not so much a spook at anything. We were cantering on the left lead and I think his capacity for concentration was about expired. It was cute, really.
On Saturday I just worked on more flat work, and on cantering some super tiny fences — this was to work on my patience more than anything, and to give Eli chances to get to the cozier distances comfortably. The show wound up being postponed due to every high chances of rain in the forecast but the arenas were okay. Eli got a liniment shampoo bath, which considering this weather may be the last bath for a while. I also trimmed like 4 inches off his tail because it grows so fast, I almost can’t keep up. One day, it’s fine, the next day it’s dragging on the ground.
On Sunday we were very, very lazy. I rode Eli around in the small arena again, and then in the fields. I hung his sheet and blanket up, on the stall’s blanket bar.
This morning, one of the working students sent me a picture of Eli with his sheet on, and the barn all closed up. It’s raining and it’s cold, especially for here in October.
It’s not getting out of the 40s today and our average high for this time of year is 82F. This is a record low high. And somehow it’s supposed to stay this cold all week! WHY. I said Eli looked like he was sad that it was cold and the working student replied that all of the horses looked sad or annoyed.