Our weekend walks were a bit of a bust AGAIN. Hopefully this weekend will mean normal, not windy, not cold weather and we can enjoy the time outside a little more!
This weekend was a bit of a bust. While Friday evening was enjoyable, warm outside, and nacho-filled, Saturday showed up teeth bared. How can weather go from 80° to 39° in less than a day? WHY? I was dreading going out the barn Saturday morning, totally trying to figure out how to wuss out of riding in 39° and sustained winds gusting constantly. Well, as it happened, although I did not get much rain at all overnight at my house, the barn must have had a downpour — both rings too wet to ride, and the grass was slick in the fields. Maybe even icy, but I wasn’t about to go check. Eli got treats and more treats, and grooming, and hand walking in the barn, which is boring, unless all the horses are lit up from cold weather, then it’s … not boring. I even put Eli’s stable blanket on for the whole day–luckily his blankets were still in my car and I hadn’t sent them out for cleaning yet. Almost everyone had already taken their blankets home! But it stayed right around 40° all day and that is totally blanket weather here.
Sunday started cold but warmed up nicely. I worked all day, so by the time I got out to the barn, I had run out of steam and just took Eli for a walk outside. It was much warmer overnight last night and I am hoping riding is an actual possibility this evening. Between the weather and work, I did not get much of a weekend. Conrad did get a bath, finally!
He’s been itchy from all the bugs and pollen — I hoped a bath would help but he’s still a little itchy, poor guy. At least he got a break from bug bites on Saturday.
The weather has become more pleasant, though not yet hot enough for bugs to get out of hand. On Easter, Conrad just kind of stood in the backyard for a little while looking at stuff in the grass. He is not allowed freedom in the backyard because he eats baby rabbits — that’s why he’s on a leash. I have no idea what was so interesting in the grass.
While equestrians are celebrating an extra hour of light in the evenings (I, too, am celebrating that part), most everyone else is experiencing some form of exhaustion from sleep disruption and losing that hour in the mornings. As am I. And my dog. Conrad just CANNOT yet.
I eventually got him out of bed for a brief turn around the cul-de-sac and some breakfast. I am sure he went right back to bed after I left for work.