Cold Holidays, Warm Sweaters

starlightChristmas, come back! I need more time off to recover from time off.

lensflareweenieOver the break from the M-F grind, I rode when the weather wasn’t rotten, and for one ride it was rotten. I took Conrad out on walks, too, also when the weather wasn’t rotten. Lots of damp and blustery days over the long weekend that otherwise might have kept me inside, left me a bit tired, and also I have a cold that has settled into a lovely chest cough.

diggingBut Christmas was ever so enjoyable, and I got lots of cool stuff, including some books–maybe a few of which I might review.

booksI tried to have a lesson on Saturday, but north wind blowing rain into my face and Eli’s pretty much convinced me to call it quits. Eli was totally game, and wanting to play and maybe even go for a bracing gallop, but I just wanted to curl up with a hot toddy.

suchafaceIt rained even more on Sunday, and I thought for sure I’d be hand walking, but the footing held up, so I got in one last vacation ride, and jumped a few jumps just to make sure Eli didn’t forget his job. He may have thrown in a few dolphin leaps instead of canter strides, but if we get to the jump, he jumps. He seems to enjoy the cold, at least for a while. I’m going to ride tonight, too, because the weather looks to be taking a downhill turn starting on Wednesday.

windywalkI’m over winter at this point, but it’s still just December.

thinkingI think I have finally settled on a breastplate & running martingale set up that I like, after trying, oh, about 7 different ways. So I may have some breastplates with running attachments for sale soon… I can’t decide if I want to keep them as back-ups, at least until I get a new saddle, because I may like a different set up with a different saddle.

doneridingI hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! On to the Internet window shopping of all the sales!