An Equestrian's Guide To Spring

An Equestrian’s Guide to Spring:

as told by Team Trauma Void

 

Spring fever is has spread far and fast through our office as our team chatted about the urgency that hits our soul when the work day is over, the weather is nice, and we’re headed to the barn. To our friends down South, you’ll have to trust us Northerners, that the first day you and your horse can spend time without a few layers on, it’s both a glorious and very muddy situation. 

Suddenly, the nights feel like day, and the last drop of sunshine hits our faces while the sun begins to set, and we try to judge whether the outdoor is best suited to ride around in a boat or by horseback. If you’ve ever lived in an area where you experience Spring, then you can relate to the pure joy that fills the air as fair-weather-riders and the mystery boarders of commercial riding facilities start to show their faces for a brief visit with their very-hairy friends. 

Springtime is known as the season where things begin to bloom, the “rebirth of the Earth” if you will, but to equestrians, it’s the season where our horses seem more like kites and the Farrier’s number is now listed in our Favorites. 

  • When you see a car stuck in the mud, you have a new sympathy, since you’ve recently been stuck in a similar fashion while fetching your horse.
  • Where the average person thinks of flowers, bunnies, and blooming you think of mud, abscesses, shedding, and blanket repair.
  • You check the weather several times per day to make sure your horse is blanketed correctly
  • When you just need a little Chapstick but know that you’re about to groom
  • Being late to literally anything you go to after the barn, because, well, curry combs
  • Your saint of a gelding now suddenly thinks he’d like to learn to fly
  • If your horse sheds anymore, you’ll have to start renting it a stall and paying board
  • In the Spring, Baseballers throw baseballs, horses throw shoes, the answer is shoes. Lots of them.
  • You start to think about the first warm-ish day and start to plan a trail ride, until you imagine it, and then you remember your horse has never felt more alive.
  • You spend as much time shedding out your horse as you do checking the footing in the outdoor
  • If you aren’t shedding your horse, or stuck in the mud, you’re probably hosing their legs
  • That horse’s name plate whose owner you’ve never seen shows up to drop off an apple and take a few pictures for their Instagram.
  • There’s a love-hate relationship stewing in your soul for blankets. The true joy experienced when your horse can be outside “naked” for the first time, and the true terror when you bring him in and cancel your Saturday afternoon plans to take on a layer of horse hair as a new skin.

Photo of "Roo" by Anna Schultz

And now, you have to go check the weather again and re-think your horses “ootd”. 

Hold on (literally), just a little bit longer. Soon, Summer will arrive and then your horse will remember how tired he is. 

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