Last week’s Lesson #79 was put on hold until later this week. I missed last week due to the developing bowel habits of a 16-week-old girl. This girl:
Jenny and I got Zoey from a shelter run by the Humane Society. She’s an Australian Shepard mix. Mixed with what, we’re not really sure. She’s a dog.
Anyway, I was ready to leave for my riding lesson, but I couldn’t go until she did. We’re still in the process of learning what the Inside and Outside are good for. Individuals belonging to this species instinctively do not wish to soil the den (which I now define as the entire inside of my house), but that doesn’t always stop the young ones from getting Inside and Outside confused at times.
Of course, with the change of seasons upon us, Outside and Inside has been a major topic of discussion among us humans. Many curse the impending change.
Oh yes, we do curse it. We don’t even want to utter the word. Instead, we say “The ‘S’ Word,” thus granting the substance the same Dare Not Speak It impact as the customary “S” word and Lord Voldemort.
To hell with that. I’m going to say it:
Snow, snow, snow.
Not only will I say it, I will welcome it. I’m taking my cue from Karin, who dismisses the notion that we have to experience winter as some kind of spirit crushing demon that chases us indoors and holds us hostage until baseball season.
Instead, Karin turns Snow into our friend. Like this:
And does this look like we’re cowering in our hovels?
To be sure, riding can be problematic during the cold months. It’s about footing more than anything else. Horses do not do well on the ice.
But, experienced horse people are very sensitive to the quality of the footing and have a pretty good handle on when it’s not safe enough to ride outside. On those days, we will go into The Great Indoors. That’s not so bad, either.
Besides, as long as we don’t get confused about what the Outside is good for, the retreat will always be temporary.