By: Joanne Scott
Kelly may be above whining in her blog, but I’m just not that dang mature. She can be the grownup in our friendship – I’m totally fine with that!
Here in North Texas, we have been experiencing the craziest week of monsoon rains. Like, literally roads are flooding – which means pastures are too.
Kelly has access to an indoor arena but those of us who don’t are more like this…
Oh, I didn’t mention the best part of my pain! I was down and out with the flu for two weeks. I legitimately didn’t leave the house for TEN days. I managed to squeak in two pitiful rides, complete with wheezing, fever, and hacking – I don’t mean the flat work ride kind. Then the monsoons hit. We’ve had more rain in the past week than I remember in all of last year combined! Texas is a desert state – we are not made for these Pacific-Northwest conditions.
Sadly, this means I’ve had two rides in three weeks. All our reader-riders know, lack of Vitamin H does not make a girl happy!
Mother Nature took pity on us on Sunday and gave us a stunningly beautiful day, complete with mild temperatures and an abundance of sunshine.
Luckily, our farm boasts an arena with all-weather footing that is quite simply the greatest blessing bestowed upon riders near and far. Although the far side was still suitable for water-skiing thanks to all the rain, our large dressage arena was perfection – and even better after the barn owner took a few minutes to drag – and I do mean few, as that woman is the fastest tractor driver I’ve ever known!
PS, tragic update. One of my VIBs (Very Important Bell Boots) was a casualty of this spring storm session. My barn owner predicts they will show up in the Gulf of Mexico, so if you see a black Professional Choice bell boot repaired with extra strong Velcro and dental floss, please return to me!