Just got in the house . It was gorgous out there. If you are dressed properly it is no problem. Actually I got hot and removed my heavy gloves and put on my thin skin tight plastic ones.
It is still about minus 12 or about 10 F but the sun is very strong. There are pockets where you feel the heat.
I do a normal 10 mile loop but today at the far side of the loop the snowmobile trails heading north beckoned to me so I took them up. We headed north for 3 or 4 miles and then turned around a headed home. Home is still 9 or 10 miles away so I thought I better get going.
Tomorrow I will run the same trail again but this time I will not turn around as quickly.
I find winter riding the best, cool running temperatures, no bugs, no crops and the snowmobile trails run for thousands of miles.
Dressed properly you can escape the cold.
Rio was getting a little wet, his breath coated his neck in white frost, very pretty. I don't worry about breathing in the cold. I use to worry but spend decades running in cold and you find it doesn't harm a horse.
I did have a wet boy when I got back but I brushed against the hair and then blanketed and put out with a fresh bale of hay for him to eat.
Regardless of the temperature, the weather we will once agian make the run tomorrow as we do every weekend.
I prefer to run alone, while company is nice it forces me to compromise.
A few weeks ago a yound girl, 15, tall , lean , a supposedly good rider asked me to take her for a run. I supplies the horse and saddle and showed her how to hold the reins, she is an English rider and we had a fantastic run. She just sad back, lots of loose rein and let her horse work. He would alternate between the lope and the trot depending on how he was keeping up to my boy. We cut 1 hour out of my normal run time just because she could ride and keep up. Any rider forces me to slow down, to compromise.
I am really hoping the cold keeps a lady friend who often runs with me Sundays home where she should be and I get to run the hard packed snowmobile trails alone.
It is gorgous out there. Sunglass day for sure