Cold. So cold. I'm not even going to post the temps and wind chills, as they are not fit for (wo)man or beast.
So, thank goodness we had a great weekend of riding, because I refuse to sit in the freezing cold saddle seat of death in this ridiculousness.
Oh, the cherry on top? The fricking automatic waterers at the barn weren't working yesterday-some were frozen, others (like Miles) weren't filling back up with water. Gah, Blarg, F%#k, etc. I really do love the waterers-the water is so lovely and clean and cool in the summer, ice-free in the Winter (of course, when it's working, ha ha). The design, with a plastic disk on top of the water that the horses have to push down to get a drink, is great for horses like Miles that are curious and like using their mouths for all things anyway. However, the down side is when they aren't working, it's very, very dangerous unless it's noticed right away. This is the first time the waterer in Miles' pasture has had an issue, but it's just one more thing to worry about. Of course, the barn help is bringing water buckets out to the pastures until they're fixed. In this weather, though, they freeze so damn fast. It sounds like they had the repair folks out today thank gawd. Hopefully all is well now.
Alright, enough whining. The good news? We're getting mirrors on one side of the indoor arena, Hooray!! I've never ridden with mirrors, and I'm really looking forward to observing my airplane toes and awesome lower leg that never stops moving while I'm posting! Seriously though, it's a great improvement.
That's all for now...tomorrow I'll be going out to the barn, mostly to stand very close to my horse and steal his body heat while he eats. Everyone wins! :)