Beating the Winter Blues: Postcard from the Frozen Tundra, Week 3 -
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Beating the Winter Blues: Postcard from the Frozen Tundra, Week 3

Are you an ammy-adult eventer who struggles with motivation throughout the winter months? Madison Givens feels your ache. She is embarking upon her personal winter health and accountability journey, and taking EN alongside for the journey. Examine again weekly for updates, encouragement, camaraderie and ideas that can assist you come out swinging this spring!
Picture courtesy of Derith Vogt.
Hi there everybody and welcome again to week Three of my winter climate journey! This week is sponsored by ‘Armageddon.’
Armageddon: Do you get pleasure from proudly owning horses within the winter? Have you ever ever discovered your self simply dying to thaw out pipes and water buckets? Do you downright must threat the weather simply since you benefit from the thrill of ‘will I get frostbite or gained’t I?’ Nicely then Armageddon may be for you!!
Picture by Sarah Arnold.
This week got here with fairly a number of highway bumps. One being the weatherman’s promise of -55 wind chills. I do know lots of you’ve got both been watching the information or are feeling this uncooked expertise your self. The phrases ‘Polar Vortex’ casting a shadow of doom over our lives. So for this week’s article, I reached out to a couple pals and collectively, we offer you “A day within the lifetime of an Iowa Equestrian.”
Screenshot from (Don’t ask me what the heck is happening with Saturday. It’s Iowa, no person is aware of.)
So you’ve got determined to go to the barn. After dancing, pulling, jiggling, yanking and hopping your method into as many layers as doable, you handle to drag your coveralls over high. The one factor left uncovered to the weather are your eyeballs. At which level, you contemplate doing the Birdbox problem whereas on the barn. In any case, frostbite units in after 10 minutes in -55 windchill.
Picture by Sarah Arnold.
Picture by Carol Morgan .(Observe the cease signal!)
You have got arrived to the driveway of your barn, and discover it inconceivable to drive by way of. So that you name and beg your barn supervisor to come back plow a path. After some reluctance and the phrase ‘loopy’ being tossed round, they do it. In case you are your individual barn supervisor, then you definitely perceive the wrestle of preventing with the tractor till it FINALLY begins on the 10th try.
Picture by Hannah Owens.
You make it to the barn, and end up questioning why you set your self by way of this. “Be a horse particular person” they mentioned. “You’ll like it” they mentioned. “It’s going to deliver you new which means to your life” they mentioned.
Picture by Sarah Arnold.
You seize your horse from the paddock and be aware that they appear a lot much less fazed by the climate than you might be. Even if their whiskers are coated in icicles and they’re standing knee deep in snow. It’s at this level that your pinky toes start to get chilly.  
Picture by Derith Vogt.
Picture by Hannah Jungling.
Picture by Emily Nash.
Picture by Hannah Jungling.
After coping with all the trouble that it has taken to get your self INSIDE your barn, you end up soaked with snow, a bit of sweat, and notice you need to pee. Nicely guess what. It’s going to take you 25 minutes to peel off all these layers and also you now must make the essential resolution as to whether or not you’ll be able to maintain it.
Picture By Emily Nash.
When you make that essential resolution, you now start the duty of tucking your horse in towards the weather. This implies ensuring they’ve loads of hay to eat, and an unfrozen water supply.
Picture by Ali Glenn.
Picture by Madison Givens. (Thanks Ashley!)
After you have your pony settled in with hay and water, you test their blankets. Over and again and again, you end up checking their blankets. Ensuring they’re heat, however not too heat. You end up so labored up about it, that you’re assured to get up in the midst of the night time questioning in the event you made the correct resolution. Ought to you’ve got thrown that additional one on? Or taken that additional one off? You don’t know.  
Picture by Emily Nash.
And at last, after you’ve got checked every part over for the thousandth time, you discuss your self into leaving. You have got performed every part you’ll be able to to ensure your horse is as protected and comfy as doable for the climate forward. The one factor you might be doing now’s standing round, half frozen and worrying your self to dying. In the meantime your horse has no thought why you might be fussing round them, as a result of actually they’re simply attempting to eat their hay and go about their very own enterprise.
Picture by Madison Givens.
Picture by Sarah Arnold.
And you’ve got performed it. You have got braved the weather, taken care of your furbaby and now get the reward of touring dwelling(or heading again inside) to heat up.
Some steered methods of doing this are:

A sizzling bathtub
A heated blanket
Shotgunning a bottle of wine
Shifting to Florida

No matter you do, it’s an immediate aid that you would be able to really feel all of your appendages once more.
And and as a bonus, you get to do that throughout tomorrow! (Or in 12 hours, no matter your boarding scenario is.)
Sorry to everybody who was wanting ahead to a different extra instructional submit this week. Truthfully, with the climate, every part has been a catastrophe and most of Iowa has entered survival mode. The one factor getting me by way of it was understanding I wasn’t completely alone out right here. Taking good care of horses is really a full-time job. Even when it’s Armageddon outdoors. (Don’t overlook to thank your barn managers and all of the individuals who assist deal with your horse in case you are boarding them.)
Till subsequent week, lets all suppose inexperienced, optimistic ideas!
Picture by Fox River Pictures.

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