lurath: teephs (Saber)
This is the dress I'm going to wear: the green thing. I just hope it's not to hot day-of, or I may have to figure something else out.

Portland weather... don't fail me now!
lurath: teephs (Delisnow)
I just had the BEST arena-ride. I've decided that I basically love my fleece breeches. Plus, I actually like the (fake) leather that goes all the way up to just UNDER my bum cheeks. It's very grippy but I don't feel like someone is grabbing my ass. Now I need to find my fleece-lined riding gloves.

The good news is that we cantered under saddle and she felt balanced and strong on that weaker lead! This is GREAT, because it means the rehabilitation really is working. And she was very attentive and moved off my leg so nicely, which was a treat. I also decided that our canter work is going to be done in a half-seat (since a real 2-point is impossible in my deep dressage saddle) because then we stay out of each others way. She picks up the canter much more comfortably and is getting used to the feeling of me being more forwardly balanced. For some reason I felt really balanced and with her today too — which is maybe why she was so responsive?

Oh, and it started snowing as I hopped off her. Lovely thick flakes that melted when they hit the ground. I still get ridiculously excited when it snows. Of course, now it's just freezing rain.

It's less exciting now that I'm home and I'm having to deal with our thermostat being broken. It's 50 degrees in the house (38 outside, so it is still warmer in here) so I'm a BIT chilly. Luckily I have a space heater I can sit next to while I study and waste electricity while I do.

I LOVE living here! It's so neat having occasional snow.
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Bunny Warrior
by ~lurath on deviantART

I spent a LONG time getting the pose right, and I'm pleased with how it turned out.

The weather here today is pretty crazy — very windy and rainy. It's nice weather to study in! Which is what I need to do now... lots of Administrative Law reading to do, and potentially work on my law review write-on once I get the password today.
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Her standing in mud aside, I've been doing diligent research to see HOW cold (and rainy) it ACTUALLY gets throughout the year in the Portland area. It's actually not that bad. The average low is 37*F in January/December (coldest months) and the average rainfall for those times is around 7 inches/month. It also looks like lightning and hard rains are NOT common, but that it drizzles from October to April non-stop, and rains a lot at night.

Of course last year it was MUCH colder, and they had those two weeks of snow too where everything was buried and frozen (including the roads!) so I should take that extreme into account too. Actually, snow wouldn't be bad because it would get her out of the mud!

Also, several people have told me that ICE storms are more common than snow, and happen at least once a winter. Alas, ice is so much more dangerous than snow. I'd hate to have to drive in icy conditions on some of these narrow windy roads. I would figure I would blanket for below-freezing conditions in that case.

Really though, if she can get one of the paddocks with a shelter I think she will be okay. They are almost all on a slight slope, so water should run off them okay. Especially compared to her past pasture situations, I think the mud might be LESS, but just stick around for longer. If I need to I can pay someone to check on her and make sure she isn't getting scratches or something similar, and to clean her feet.

Other than that I think I will get her a heavy weight blanket. If I do end up having time to ride her or get a regular leaser (which is ideal) I'm probably going to want to trace clip her as well to help her dry faster in her floofy winter coat (this was a problem last winter). So if you guys see a well-priced heavy-weight, let me know! I like Weatherbeetas the best. She is size 72". I Also think getting a neck attachment would be good if I'm planning on trace clipping her.

Right now her clothing consists of:
+ One old medium weight Weatherbeeta. Her first blanket and still in pretty good shape, but not as waterproof in the seams anymore. Could use as an under-blanket.
+ New medium weight Orican blanket. Good shape, waterproof.
+ Cotton cooler!
+ NEW (just bought) light water/wind proof sheet, which I thought would be valuable to get for layering and for those light drizzle days.

Need to get: heavy weight, preferably with neck!

*Pokes Tackoftheday.com*
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She is.
This week isn't being wasted as far as riding time is concerned (because of my sunburn)—I wouldn't be riding anyway. It is awful in the Sacramento Valley right now. I walked a block today and I could barely breathe there was so much smoke/smog/pollution in the still air. I don't even have any kind of asthma or inhaled allergies. That coupled with the 110 degree heat today... insta-death.

I wish I could bring my girl inside my air-conditioned dark cave-of-an-apartment. As it is, when I scooted over there after work she was crusted in salt and still sweating. And covered in fly bites.

I rinsed her off with cold water, which she loved, and scratched all her itches. She played in the water for a bit, which was fun. Then I sponged her off with some water mixed with Absorbine-stuff to cool her off further and soothe her fly bites. She seemed to enjoy that too—just stood there with her lip drooping. I then put her back out to finish her dinner and sprayed the whole pasture down with fly spray.

Poor ponies.
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Well that was fun. NOT.

All of west Davis was with out power (mind you, that means no hot water either) for 45 hours.
But the lights are back on! I have heat again!

In other news, much carnage has been wreaked on Davis. Deli is fine—only popped my head in today to find her standing in a lake. The whole barn property, minus the stalls, is under water. A tree fell on my barn owners house and ripped off her roof.

And Maple isn't doing well. Or at least he isn't improving.

And I have done nothing but sit and shiver and starve in the dark for two days.
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Yikes!
There was just a warning notice on TV: Highway 80 is closed from the foothills to the Nevada border because of snow. Highway 50 is closed in many areas for avalanche control!

The weather is freaky.

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