I could write for days about the inconveniences and issues associated with snow, particularly for equestrians but it has all been said before. Yes, it is a pain, but unless you want to move to a different country, it is something we are just going to have to get used to, particularly with increasingly erratic weather patterns (don’t get me to get my A level geography out!) Therefore I’m encouraging you to try to be positive about the white stuff.
Particularly if you are lucky enough to be in education or work in education, but also in other jobs, you may well get yourself a day off. What is better than an extra day at the yard?
If, like me, you’re currently focused on progress (maybe working towards a competition or confidence goal) the snow is likely to put the brakes on your plans. I think this is a great opportunity to take a step back, reflect on what you have achieved so far and what you are doing next, take the pressure off and do something different (even if that is just working on your walk rather than your canter).
The snow freezes up the mud, covers it over and leaves us with squeaky clean ponies (and wellies!) Nice soft, dry coats and pristine hooves in the winter? Yes please! And for those of you frowning at me because your shod horse’s hooves fill with snowballs.. I direct you towards the wonder that is Vaseline.
Sorry but no matter how old you are, the snow can be fun. Whether your fun is galloping through a snowy field, making a snow horse or sledging behind your pony, there is no shame in being a bit childish and playing in the snow.
There can be no denying that the snow is beautiful. I love the clean whiteness of it and the sparkle when the sun comes out. When you are done having fun (and battling the snow challenges that we are not talking about) take in the view.
What do you LIKE about the snow?