Snow and ice are causing havoc to my diary again! Yesterday I had to stop lunging as the temperature dropped enough to cause the water, sand, snow combination to start balling in hooves rather than turning to slush like it had been minutes before. Today I know one arenavwill be frozen solid because it was still covered in snow yesterday afternoon and it’s currently -4 degrees. So yesterday I planned to delay my first ride until lunchtime, as that arena usually holds up well in cold weather, and I’ve moved a lesson and ride to Friday, when it’s hopefully a bit warmer.
This means another quiet day for me, which I can never get used to! Perhaps it’s chance to finish the Christmas wrapping …
I always wonder though, ow do equestrian’s in Canada, Norway, and other snowy places manage? Are there particular pre-winter preparations that you make, such as changing the type or removing shoes? Are arena surfaces different to ours so that they don’t freeze? Are barns and stables designed with snow days in mind? I’d love to know.
Now I’m not going to try and outdo my Canadian and bloggers from other Snow-covered lands, but today is a snow day.
Yesterday afternoon we had heavy rain until the early hours of this morning and then it snowed. So this morning we woke to a faint smattering of snow, but more importantly, the rain that had fallen yesterday had frozen solid.
Now us Britons are renowned for making a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to snow, but ultimately we aren’t used to it so need to take various precautions.
I’m going to London this evening, so I had a short day anyway. Plus the fact that I’d had a cancellation due to illness and moved a pony from today to yesterday in order to fill in a gap in my day due to a lameness. So I only really had four “jobs” to do.
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