I’m a Minnesotan, born and bred. I always believed that Minnesotans are tougher than folks in other parts of the country. We’re born with ice in our veins and a little tougher skin.
Well, I think some of those traits must have skipped a generation with me, because I’m a big baby when it comes to the cold, and others usually suffer for it.
First off, my poor horse Faith gets very little attention when the subzero temperatures hit. The thought of tacking up my horse in the blistering cold … brrr! I try to get in my weekly visits, but I will admit I don’t ride her as much as I should. Instead, she gets the easy workout from the ground. I know there are some girls that face the bitter cold and ride their horses like it’s the middle of spring. I envy them, and I should probably try to be a little more like them. Nonetheless, I try to avoid it.
I’m trying to get out there and visit with Faith as much as I can during these awful winter months, but sometimes it’s so hard to leave my nice and warm apartment.
A little-known fact about riding your horse in the winter is that if you do work your horse hard to the point where they sweat in the winter months, you have to wait until they’re pretty much completely dry before putting them out to pasture again. There are specific blankets you can put on a horse to try and speed that process up, but it’s still a lot of waiting around and drying off your horse. While it’s true that their bodies are more accustomed to the cold than we are — and actually, the perfect temperature for horses is around 30 to 40 degrees — they too do not like the freezing cold.
Horses are a lot like humans in that way — if we get wet and then stand outside in temperatures below zero, we will most likely end up sick. Same thing with horses. I do try to avoid making Faith sweat even when I do get her workouts in, because there is almost nothing worse than taking care of a sick horse. Especially Faith; she tends to get cranky.
I also am currently fighting a nasty case of a cold (or maybe it’s strep throat — I honestly have no idea, since I’m too busy to go to a doctor again) but I’m using this new found sickness to, again, try to avoid the cold as much as possible. Faith is going to have to wait a little bit longer than usual to see me this week, as Tuesdays are one of my usual days to see her. But I may have coughed up one my lungs by then, so I don’t think that would make for the greatest situation.
I just hope warm weather is on the horizon so I can not be sick anymore, enjoy this nice weather and, most importantly, get out there and ride my horse!