|On the way to the barn|
The biggest thing I've had to get used to living up here in my horse life is that for most of the winter, it is too cold or too icy to ride outside, or it is too icy or too cold to haul to the indoor arena. For four months during the winter, the only way I would spend time with Koda is to bundle up for -20 or lower, get in the truck and drive the 25 minutes to the barn to give him scritches and love for a few minutes before my fingers go numb and then drive home. Last year, with all the drama surrounding the EIA situation, I almost went crazy not being able to go out and see him (at the same time our truck had died and the car wouldn't be able to handle the roads). This winter has been better since I was out there more often, either just giving scritches, doing blanket changes when A wasn't home, or doing barn checks.