I started working night shifts last week. This means that for the next 7 or so weeks the ponies will mostly be on vacation. When I work nights I just find it too hard to ride regularly enough to get anything out of the ride, so I don't even bother. The kids are happy to stand in front of a round bale and get fat and furry.
Last weekend though (the 4th), the weather was too nice not to take advantage of it.
We went from stupid cold over the previous weekend to really nice mid-teens this weekend. If you were in the sun, it would have been short-sleeve weather. Perfect for riding outside weather.
I generally find it hard to get out of bed when I wake up in the middle of the afternoon, but on this day I looked at the temperature outside and just about hopped out of bed and into breeches. The clocks had changed that night and I wasn't sure how long I would have daylight to be able to do anything outside.
Cisco was my willing victim for the day. I didn't have any goals for the ride, just to get on a go for a walk. He was perfect.
It was just a short ride around the yard. The gravel road was recently redone and Cisco's not comfortable walking on the gravel. And I didn't want to try the empty farmer's field across from the barn because I was worried that the furrows would be somewhat frozen and risk my horse twisting a leg.
But it didn't matter.
I timed it perfectly and finished my ride as the sun was on its way down in the sky. Another half hour and it would have been mostly dark.
This past weekend, the weather changed yet again, and we got a 10" dump of snow. Winter is here!