Horseback riding in Fall is one of my very favorite things. The temperatures are cool but it can be sunny and calm. I love the late afternoon sun shining through the colored leaves. Foggy mornings and frosty mornings watching the horse’s breath steam into the crisp air. Most of all, I love the smell of fall at the barn.
Cold changes the way things smell. I love the earthy smell of the hay all loaded into the loft; I love the way the lingering plants and trees all smell like the late summer sun has caramelized them slowly; I love the familiar and intoxicating smell of sweat on the skin of a warm horse; and the sugary, earthy smell of grain being munched in a cozy stable.
After a beautiful fall ride, there is nothing I love more than having the privilege of tucking a horse in at night. It is a chance to spend some quality time with a horse and provide them with the quality care they deserve after working hard for you. I often spent hours hand blow-drying the belgian mare I leased on cold winter nights in Almost Canada. As the horse cools down and dries after a workout under a nice warm cooler, I have time to clean tack, sweep the aisle, or just relax with the horse. It is wonderful.