Winter sucks two-fold: it’s wetter and it’s darker. The darker part really only bothers me for one reason. My natural habitat is cave-like conditions and I hate overhead lighting, so sunset at 6pm isn’t so bad for my Circadian abnormalities. But it sucks if I want to ride my horse. Luckily, I do board at a barn with well-lit arenas. However, if it rains and these arenas are too sloppy to stand up to hoofprints, I don’t have the “oh, I’ll just hack in the field” option like I do in the summer. Maybe with a different horse, walking around in the dark wouldn’t be so bad. On Eli? Nah. If you disagree, I invite you to come ride him around in the dark and see what happens. Anyway, Texas has had WAY more rain than normal this year. I think on average I have been able to ride Eli about once a week since early September. Because of course he tossed an injury into the mix that required stitches.
This is all to say while we did begin to make some progress on building up Eli’s topline and hind end strength (and now I don’t even remember why it got bad, but I think it was basically my negligence during the hot months–sure we’d go for a ride, but didn’t really work much). And certainly the times that I have been able to ride Eli, he demonstrates that he has retained some of the new buttons we’ve installed and shows a willingness to perform. But to make progress, I have to be able to ride him more than once a week!
So here we are, kind of stalled out. Stalled out for reasons beyond my control — the weather and work. Okay, actually, I have control over work to a certain extent, but if I don’t work I don’t get paid and wouldn’t be able to afford to have my current problem.
I don’t have any plans for Eli, other than to ride him when I can.
I do have plans to review some things once I can get a reasonable amount of rides in them. I’ll be reviewing my Charles Owen Sparkly SP8, although I was hoping it would be available in the US before posting a review but I guess shopping online overseas isn’t out of the question for many riders. The wider brim is really the important part, not so much the sparkliness. I also have a top and some breeches I plan to review eventually — just have to ride in them first, preferably more than once!