Winter came by last night and seems to be hanging around. I don’t like it, but I’m not unprepared for it. First of all, Winter Eli finally showed up last night and I can’t blame him. We walked a little bit last night, but I could tell getting a decent trot wasn’t going to happen right away, so I burned off some of his energy by cantering around a few laps both ways. He was just a tad cold-backed haha. Even when he’s extra fresh, he doesn’t do anything too unreasonable any more, although he did also throw in a few leap-y spook moves. After we got some of his energy got a bit more focused, I did get some good trotting done. But jeez it was wet and kind of windy and generally unpleasant.
Which brings me to layering up Eli. I had a pretty good handle on when he’d want a sheet and when he’d want a blanket when he wasn’t clipped but now he’s clipped. I put a sheet on him last night and when I woke up this morning it was like 47F or something so I think I was right to do that. Honestly he may even have wanted a blanket, but I don’t want him to get too hot and start sweating under a blanket, of course.
Anyway, Eli has his own closet full of attire. He has two sheets (that I can swap out and clean periodically), a stable blanket, a turnout blanket, an Irish knit, a wool cooler, and a quarter sheet for when it’s absolutely miserable outside but I still insist on riding.
It’s also time for me to layer up. My office is damnably cold in the winter due to drafty windows (that are true to history so there’s only so much weatherizing that can happen). Like right now I am wearing two shirts, a wool cardigan and a puffy vest and I am NOT taking anything off or I will get too cold.
I am a total wuss at this point about the cold. When I was younger it didn’t bother me as much but not it’s just physically painful. The extra element of that this particular winter is that my job is about to get crazy, from now through May. That saying about laws and sausages is totally true, y’all. Just trust me on that. What that means for me, though, is that there will be some nights that I don’t leave work until very, very late, which means less riding overall. Hopefully there won’t be too many late nights and I will be able to keep Eli going at least 4 days a week. Something tells me he won’t mind.