Most of the saddles and bridles, except for a few that are still in use, are cleaned, oiled and retired for the winter. The scent of all that clean leather almost overtakes me when I walk through the tack room, bringing back memories of my own childhood, cleaning my saddle and bridle before a Horse show.
It’s time now to drag out all the turnout rugs, rain sheets, and stable blankets for the winter season. Very soon we will likely be chipping ice from the water troughs and putting out hay on snowy pastures probably sprinkled with a few carrots that the horses seem to view as hidden treasure.
The day is now coming to an end. It is one of my favorite times. Tired but contented after a long days work in this cool mountain air, I take my last check of the horses. Walking the aisles and paddocks, I love hearing the soft munching of hay and seeing all our horses tucked in: warm, cozy, and happy for another night.
And I think to myself, winter is just starting and it’s a great time for planning and reflection. Before I know it, it will be time to start gearing up for another great camp season here at the Greystone barn. I’m already getting excited!