The good news is, Lex seems to think the cold is just fine. She's pretty much the same, whether it's raining or windy or the Florida version of frigid. I thought she might be a dum-dum today because the temperature has dropped and she's had a couple of days off because of the winter monsoons, but she trotted quietly around on the lunge line like a school pony and then was really, really good while I was riding her. She actually had some of her best moments yet, where she was quiet in bridle and accepting the contact and moving off my leg. I just tried to sit quietly and not mess it up.
I started the ride in my new SSG 10 Below gloves, and I guess I'm just going to have to get used to riding in winter gloves again, because I felt like I couldn't feel her mouth at all. I ended up taking them off and riding bare-handed, which is weird for me because I always ride in gloves. It wasn't THAT cold, but it occurred to me that in the frozen North, I will probably not be able to ride bare-handed or with light gloves on because then I won't be able to feel my fingers, let alone her mouth. What do y'all who ride in the actual cold do?
|Unfortunately, the chin-resting was not entirely caught on film.|
After the ride, she got her feet done. She can be kind of a brat about the farrier, so I'll let her snuggle or chew on her lead rope if it means the farrier can get her job done quickly and safely. She was into the lead rope today, but also enjoyed resting her muzzle on my shoulder and breathing hard into my ear (I think she was trying to tell me what her pasture buddy was saying to her last night).
|My trainer would yell at me if I posted this on Facebook.|
She then demonstrated her taste for chewing on the brim of my hat. She does a lot of things that shouldn't crack me up, but they totally do.
I'm leaving in less than a week. I can't believe it, and I'm super nervous. Once I get there and get settled I'll be fine, but the combination of new territory, new job, new barn, and all alone (well, except Lexi-loo, but at this point I'm worried about how I'll take care of her adequately if there's a blizzard or something).
My biggest consolation, besides the fact that planes exist so The Girl can come visit me, is that I'll get to meet Tracy! Can't wait!
Also, check out Laura's Year in Review Blog Hop! If I could figure out how to add the widget thingy on here, I would.