Central Ohio is on track today to set a new record for February 19th: the lowest “high” temperature since the 1880’s… a balmy 3 degrees. So last night I trekked out to the barn after work to see the ponykins to 1) let him know I’m still alive and 2) put on his blanket liner. By the time I got there, the temperature was 10 degrees, before factoring in the wind chill. So how does one survive a visit to the barn in the bitter cold?
Step 1: Check weather forecast obsessively for hours leading up to departure.
Optional Step 1a: Cry
Step 2: Bundle up. Add more layers. Contemplate if two pairs of gloves will really be enough.
Step 3: Warm up your car, blast the heat and pray that the road are better than they were this morning.
Step 4: Arrive at barn, drop off SmartPaks in the office. Consider parking in the lot where you’re supposed to, but think better of the idea and drive directly up to the barn door instead.
Step 5: Run, without slipping on the ice, into the barn. Turn on the lights and proceed directly to the heated tack room.
Step 6: Leave a check on the table for the chiropractor who is scheduled to come out later in the week. Grab blanket liner and stuff your pockets full of cookies.
Step 7: Walk quickly to your horse’s stall, and act hurt when he doesn’t recognize you. I know I haven’t been to see you in 7 days but… how could he forget me so fast?!
Step 8: Bring pony out of his stall, quickly add his blanket liner to his pile of clothes.
Step 9: Stuff pony full of cookies, rubbing his forelock and promise that you’ll go riding again soon.
Step 10: Return pony to his stall with extra hay, because food is the way to his heart.
Step 11: Kiss pony noses as you [quickly] retreat back to the car.
Step 12: Blast the heat and pat yourself on the back for managing to be outside for 15 entire minutes. Go you!