Do you ever feel guilty for not riding or going to the barn?
I'm USUALLY at the barn every day, come hell or high water, riding or working or both. But this weather, man... It makes things really difficult for me.
It's freakin' cold, and even though I own plenty of appropriate winter clothing, it's still uncomfortable to be outside. If I wear enough clothes, I'm warm, but I can't move. If I wear fewer layers to facilitate movement, I'm miserably cold. I can't win.
And while I'd love to be training 12 months out of the year, I'm not the type of rider who isn't amenable to a bareback stroll around the farm now and then. But sitting on my pony while he picks cautiously across the frozen lunar landscape is just plain depressing.
So I haven't been to the barn for three days in a row.
And I feel guilty about it.