Something every equestrian dreads is riding in the winter months. Water buckets freeze, extra blankets are needed (don’t even get me started on all the questions about what blanket to put on when the temps drop), and we have to move our riding indoors (if we are fortunate enough to have one where we ride). But the worst thing equestrians face during the winter months, are frozen toes.
As a child, my toes were always the first thing to get cold when I rode. I remember many an indoor lesson not being able to feel my feet (and then that awful feeling when you begin to regain circulation when your feet warm up). And now, as an adult, the same is true (only it takes me longer to warm up and regain circulation). I’ve tried wearing multiple layers of socks, inserting warmers in my paddock boots, and everything in between. Nothing seems to help keep my feet warm.
So, when I saw this audio making the rounds on social media, I had to jump on it (pun intended). One thing I truly hate about winter riding is having to dismount at the end of my ride and land on frozen ground. If you’re an equestrian, I’m sure you can relate to this sentiment. But trust me, it is the most painful part of winter riding. Fortunately, it was in the fifties this past weekend, so it was the perfect time to film this Reel before the ground actually freezes.