While T has never objected or shown any issues with riding in all kinds of weather (or along side highways), I finally found my weak spot.
We were riding up north in the mountains (near Flagstaff, the other side of Eustis for my fellow Mainers) and a sudden lightening storm struck. I have never felt fear like I did that day. Lightening was all around us. T was fine. I turned her and put her in a good extended trot and down the mountain we went!
I think because I had been caught in a field with heat lightening (you know the lovely sideways moving stuff) while trying to bring in and save some alfalfa hay the week before. It has stayed with me . Soon as I hear thunder in the distance, whether I'm kayaking, riding , hiking, biking, doesn't matter I feel fear sear right through me.
So RiosDad, my hat is off to you. I don't think I could even bring myself to put myself under a big ole tree! I do love to ride in the rain, just not while there's any lightening.
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".