Cures to beat the winter blahs

The end of daylight savings time is the bane of my existence.  My work schedule only allows me to ride in the evenings and on weekends, and even then, I am at the mercy of the weather gods as I do not have an indoor arena. Keeping my horse at home means I am, more often than not, riding alone. Needless to say, I need to get creative this time of year, otherwise, I’m going to go a little crazy!

 

First things first, my trusty headlamp comes out of storage. Riding while holding a flashlight becomes a little cumbersome, plus if your horse decides to spook, having your hands free to grab the reins is always a good idea!

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In terms of clothing, Kerrits Pro Fleece Cross Over Breeches and my Eat Sleep Ride Repeat merino base layer, paired with my Ariat Bromont boots, are my go to’s to keep toasty on those chilly rides, because as long as is it not a blizzard, you can bet I’ll be out there riding!

winter riding

If your riding area is limited (or if you are not comfortable venturing out into the dark on your own), arena exercises by yourself or with barn mates are a great way to break up the monotony of just going around in circles in the arena.  Find some dressage patterns to practice and master or create a pas de deux to music! Build some obstacles (Pinterest has a ton of great ideas) and work on desensitizing. Set goals each time you work with your horse so that it gives you something to work towards. It could be as simple as just having fun!

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3 thoughts on “Cures to beat the winter blahs”

  1. I just bought three little LED floodlights that are cordless and rechargeable, from Cdn Tire … they seem to do a pretty good job of illuminating the riding area behind my barn, so I’m hoping they’ll expand my riding time in the coming months when daylight isn’t always an option.

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  2. Sarah actually found them in the online catalogue, and then Crappy Tire helpfully put them on sale. I still had to go to two different stores to track them down, but they’re proving useful. I had to put a round bale out in the paddock after dark the other night, and bringing one of these little lights out with me was an improvement over my truck’s headlights!

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