The cold reality is…. it’s COLD out there. It topped out at 37 degrees. Yet I went, bundled up from head to toe. And still despite the bundling… my fingertips got numb and my toes were cold. My legs felt chilled although they warmed up once I was mounted and Stormy’s body heat emanated up through the saddle.
Stormy wasn’t all that thrilled when I slipped the cold bit into his mouth. He chewed and chewed …and chewed… on it.
Will someone please invent a solar-powered bit? One that stores a charge when you put it in the sun or bright light, and then you push a tiny button right before you put on the bridle and VOILA! A warm bit and a happy horse.
Next I want a solar powered pair of pants. Solar panels on the thighs which store energy until you need it… push a button in the waistband and VOILA! A warm and happy rider.
Next the boots. Sewn-in solar panels on the tops of your boots..you get the point…. VOILA! Warm toes.
And what about a solar-paneled horse blanket? Lots of surface on those blankets for the solar panels.
Hey, “electronic wearables” are all the rage now. The computer in a watch, Google glasses… Tech industry — don’t forget the equestrians.
But cool is not what i want when riding in the winter. I want WARM. The good news is, my horse is naturally solar powered. Give him sun (and hay) and he warms up without pushing a button. Low tech but still cute as a button, that’s my Stormy.