Saturday, January 1, 2011

Thought Better of It

This morning I went to the barn to do chores, fully intending to ride when I was done.  But the temperature was in the low 20sF, with a fearsome wind, and by the time I had finished picking Pie's paddock, my face was freezing.  So I decided to leave riding for a better day - I'm sure Pie appreciated the chance to keep eating!

I'm planning out some clicker work I can try with Dawn over the winter until better riding weather.  I'm thinking of trying some shaping work (well really all clicker work is shaping work) to refine my observation skills and give us something fun to work on together that will build our relationship.  I'll be looking into Alexandra Kurland's book for some good ideas.

Hope everyone's keeping warm out there (or cool in the case of those of you in the Southern Hemisphere!).

15 comments:

  1. It's a balmy 19F here today, but no wind. Even so, not sure we will muster the energy to ride.

    Happy New Year, Kate!

    Word Verification: "cownbun". New word for hamburger, perhaps?

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  2. Brrr - riding when it is that cold and windy just isn't fun.
    Happy New Year!

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  3. It was 7* when I went out this morning, and I had to come in to warm up before I even finished mucking! Sun's out, and no wind, but that helps only the psyche--the fingers and toes are still cold.

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  4. No riding here either because of the weather. Oh how I'm longing for spring.

    Happy New Year to you, Kate!

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  5. Happy New Year, Kate!
    Hope you'll get many nice (warm)rides in 2011!

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  6. Happy New Year! I hope the weather warms up a bit for you. I hate when weather gets in the way of a good ride!

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  7. I made a similar decision today. It was supposed to be 23 and sunny today, so I figured it would be warm enough to ride indoors. Unfortunately, I don't think it ever got that warm, and the indoor arena was desperately cold -- we've had a couple nights of below zero temps, and I think it was still holding cold air from that. So I decided to wait until tomorrow, which is supposed to be in the high 30s and sunny.

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  8. Kate...it was in the low 50s here today. Does that mean we are dropping into the 20s for tomorrow? So extreme.

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  9. We had crazy weather here today. In the low 50's. There's plenty of snow still on the ground which is quickly turning to mud. Hope we don't get your weather any time soon.

    The clicker work sounds like a great idea to keep Dawn busy over the winter and maybe Pie too. Have fun, stay warm and enjoy 2011!

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  10. See if you can find her stuff on equine pilates. I don't remember how much of it is in the book but her "microshaping" video is all about it. In the video they started out by clicking a horse for a flicker in the pectoral muscles, then for backing, and finally for engaging the ab muscles. All free shaping. You need really good hand-eye coordination for that work!

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  11. I wanted to bring in the New Year with a ride too, but with the temps at 18 degrees F I didn't want to even pull Beamer's blanket off.Hopefully in a few days it'll warm up to around the freezing mark, then I'll ride.

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  12. I do not like the wind. I think I would rather have frozen toes in my boots than ferocious wind. Around here we are having a weekend of aprilish, springlike weather. On Monday, back to the arctic chill. Drat.

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  13. Don't blame you on any count. That sounds far too cold for my taste--with the wind, especially.

    I have a feeling Dawn will appreciate your spending some time with her. I'll be curious to hear what happens with the clicker work.

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  14. WOW...good plan to keep your extremeities intact I'd say!
    Looking forward to your clicker posts..sounds good Kate!

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