Well. It’s 2019. We are 1.5 months in and wow. It’s been a doozy. I think I can safely say I have spent less time with horses in the last eight weeks than at any point since I purchased Steen. The only other time that even comes close to comparing was my honeymoon, when Brian and I spent a month walking across Scotland and then attended my brother’s wedding in northern England. I had zero horse contact during that time. But at least we were having fun.
The dry spell has been painful
So far this year, I have been on the back of a horse exactly two times. Two! This is insane. But first I contracted the flu during our Christmas travels. This progressed into acute bronchitis, which left me able to do very little for about six weeks.
On top of that, we had the polar vortex. That was INTENSE. I mean, I know I grew up in a desert and therefore perhaps I am not as resilient to cold as might be ideal. But we had a couple days that seemed just too cold to be true. I’m pretty used to negative single-digit highs. Those happen most winters, if only for short stretches. But negative double-digit highs is a totally different kind of cold.
Fortunately our horses have great care. No boarders were allowed in the barn for a while because the conditions were so extreme a single, tiny mistake could literally cost lives. But we got regular video updates and I am amazed at how well our herd handled everything.
Now the polar vortex has moved on. Instead we simply have a sheet of ice coating the entire world. We’ve had sleet and rain and snow on top of that. This has made the road out to the barn too treacherous to risk. The last time we did make it out we could barely open and close the gates and doors needed to get our horses inside.
So yeah. Presumably we will someday see our horses again. For now, here’s hoping your winter is going a bit better than ours!
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