Learning to Celebrate the Rain
by Karen Pickering
It’s a typical northwest winter morning. It’s still dark at 5:30, the wind is blowing and rain is coming down sideways as I step out the back door to do my chores. Welcome to the special challenges of winter/spring horse management in the Pacific Northwest. At best we manage to get the outside chores done and head back indoors to warm up. Ride? Are you kidding me? Battling the elements is bad enough let alone hooking up a horse trailer, cleaning up a soggy horse and driving somewhere to ride. That’s what I tell myself as I head out to Wednesday evening sorting, the next clinic or expo.
I think the messages we tell ourselves have great influence on our outlook. Let’s flip things around and look at the good that comes out of winter rains. First of all, we value the sunshine so much more and our northwest summers are second to none: cool breezes, moderate temperatures and a beautifully green environment. We rarely have bad storms like our Midwest and East Coast friends have. And, we have the best coffee shops and indoor arenas.
Winter is a time for reflection and preparation. It gives us a chance to catch up on cleaning our gear, reading good books and articles, socializing with friends and developing a deeper relationship with our horses. I enjoy caring for my horses almost as much as riding. We’ve developed a special bond weathering the northwest challenges together.
As we welcome spring I encourage you to get moving: go for a short ride, even in inclement weather, and just do some activity with your horse. I think they enjoy the interaction just as much as we do. Get a jump-start on your riding this year with several tips from our April issue—Equine Events—and be inspired by a young woman’s passion for mobile teaching (page six). Drop us a note and let us know what your favorite springtime activity is, we’ll share it with our readers. Email email@example.com and title your email “My favorite spring activity.”
Quote: “Happiness is not a when or a where; it can be a here and a now. But until you are happy with who you are you will never be happy because of what you have.” ~ ZigZiglar
Published April 2013 Issue