Right now with the weather so crappy and our Austin winter having been wet and cold, I am not pony weary. The thing I want most is a week of sunshine and warm weather so I can ride my horse as much as possible! I don’t always feel this way though.
Let’s face it – riding is a time intensive sport. Horse ownership doubly so. I fall very low on the scale of horse owners who have to live at the barn, but I still get a little weary sometimes. I say that I love writing my boarding check each month partially because I want to be able to not be at the barn every day. For me, doing an every other day schedule during the week helps my horse/life balance.
For the most part, riding 3-5 days a week is pretty fine for me throughout the year. Sometimes though, I would like a bit of a break. Maybe it’s over 100 degrees for an entire month or work is really stressing me out or I miss having money for non-horse things.
Since Simon greatly benefits from being in pretty constant work, I don’t give him extended breaks. I know some people toss a horse out for a few months each year, but for him that doesn’t prove to be successful. After much more than 10 days off, he starts to feel weaker in the hind end and stiffer starting out.
So sometimes I feel pony weary, but mostly press on. Believe me – I know this is the most first world of first world problems. I’m not complaining, just stating my thoughts on the subject.
Which brings me to you readers – do you ever feel this way? If you could hit “snooze” on horse ownership or showing/training for a month or so each year… would you? I realize that’s pretty impossible for a horse owner since the bills must get paid and pony must be cared for, but we’ll think in fantasy terms on the subject!
Curious your thoughts. Maybe I’m the only one who feels this way and should just shut up, but I doubt I’m totally alone. 🙂