Each season has it’s downsides. Winter is freezing cold and getting jobs done on the yard is vile, summer can be too hot with the ground too hard to do much on with screaming children scaring my horse, autumn is depressing due to clocks going back and it getting colder but the worst? Spring.
Horses become prone to many health complaints- hay fever, laminitis and mud fever to name a few. These are all ones that my horse suffers from and spring aggravates these. It was horrible attempting to ride earlier as he was constantly sneezing and shaking his head violently. If you’ve ever ridden a hose then you would know how uncomfortable this is.
The ground becomes terrible for riding on. It varies from being not unlike concrete to a mud patch. Either is highly impractical as if you attempt to do anything like canter or jump, you put both you and your horse at a tremendous risk as the horse could fall or on hard ground, become lame.
People seem to become insane and make highly irrational decisions- the other day I was in the middle of a field that is popular with horse riders and met a man with a dog off the lead. Being the considerate person I am, I stopped in a logical area while he chased his beast around a field. He then later told me that it was his dog’s first time off the lead and she didn’t trust people. So why did you let her off the lead, you ass-hat? Are you intentionally trying to cause an accident?
You also have the joys of groups of chavlings running up to the pretty pony you’re on and shrieking in it’s general direction. It would help if my horse did not already consider children to be horse eating pygmy’s but with their lack of knowledge on horses (or any other topic), it is again more than likely something could go very wrong when they are released into the countryside.
Instead of thinking of the very cute animals being born this spring time, use your common sense in a rural area if you see a horse. Or if you’re also a horse rider, I’m sure you can relate to this list.