January has not been the best for riding and horse-related activities.
Tristan is happy and healthy. That is the priority.
But I'm averaging one ride a week, sometimes two. The weather has been horrible. When it gets warmer, I ride, and I'm having great rides. We had a terrific schooling session on Sunday: he felt strong and good and there was a nice, clear progression from start to finish. He had some really good work in the canter, and I felt good about my effectiveness.
Then Monday, which was warm enough to ride, but first I ran out of time, between work programs, then it started snowing heavily and my fancypants new 4WD car had gotten the fiance to work that morning, so all I had to take me to the barn in a series of nasty snow squalls was his Prius.
I gave up. I admit it. This winter is not doing good things for my mental health. I am tired, worn out, and cranky much of the time.
Today: single digits. Tomorrow: single digits. Maybe, maybe, Thursday will pan out. We'll see.
I'm just...tired. Sorry to put an almost entirely negative post out there in the world, but I'm just sick and tired of a lot of things and having a lot of trouble digging deep and finding motivation.