Go ahead and unpack those cozy sweaters, admire the cascading leaves, bask in the brilliant glow of late autumn. Soak up the season while you can because we’ve got bad news for you, suckers: The end is nigh.
All around the Eventing Nation, readers have been seeing the signs, heeding the omens and ‘Gramming ominous proof that winter is just around the corner. Here’s a sampling of the struggles that lie before us.
The joys of blanketing…
When you pull out last winter’s freshly repaired blanket and find they put the wrong end on the belly strap! Seriously!? #eventerproblems #wintertimeblues #whoops
A photo posted by Full Gallop Eventing (@fullgallopeventing) on
The delightful weather…
When you have to take refuge on a hobbits porch during the rain. #wetfeanarion #eventerproblems
A photo posted by Zara Flores-Kinney (@thefeanarion) on
The burden of body-clipping…
The glamour of grooming…
The thrill of tack-cleaning…
This is #eventing in a nutshell. Beauty covered in a little #rain and #mud. #texasrose #eventerproblems #albion #dressage #schockenmohle
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A lovely day for Kitty’s first hunter pace #wheresthestartbox #whyarentwegalloping #confusedeventhorse #eventerproblems
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And last but not least, the early, early Christmas shopping…
Of course, there are countless other #EventerProblems that just keep coming year-round. Including but not limited to…
That dressage school was super tough #eventerproblems #ottb
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We put in our best dressage to date until I forgot to steer and Tillie thought it was over. #eventerproblems #eventingblues #stressage
A photo posted by Kaitlyn Julio (@kaitlyndzn) on
When your wedding colors happen to be a toned down version of your cross country colors #eventerproblems #navyblackwhite #bluesilverwhite #teamv #teamveventing #helikesthesecolorstooipromise
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Dinner plans…. And night check. #eventerproblems #barnmanagerlife
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#finnthedog training for Rolex 2016. He doesn’t know that he hasn’t qualified yet. #eventerproblems
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Glad to see our horses’ weights are being watched more closely than any A-list celebs… #eventerproblems #IrishTB pic.twitter.com/CSSnkRJx7e
— Caitlin Kirkman (@Douglassie13) November 4, 2015
When the only nice clothes you have are from trot ups #EventerProblems pic.twitter.com/RPB0XCtTfD
— Hunter (@_trombley_) November 5, 2015
#EventerProblems getting excited when your fecal tests come back and your horse is a low shedder.
— Lilia Beal (@bealilia18) November 5, 2015
UGA riders might need to work on their fitness #eventing #eventerproblems #eventingnation #godawgs @DevonNOlivier pic.twitter.com/54Yk5zXq2q
— UGA Eventing (@UGAEventing) November 7, 2015
The main #EventerProblems is the confusion about wearing breeches before socks.
— CarolaBri (@CarolaBrighenti) November 8, 2015
Not sure what is more agonising #NoStirrupsNovember or re-wearing top boots in for @aus3de #EventerProblems
— Laura Wallace (@burwoodeventing) November 9, 2015
well I’m going to be sore tmrw#eventerproblems
— tblakepark (@tblakepark) November 5, 2015
What’s YOUR problem? Tweet it, Instagram it or share it on Facebook with the hashtag #EventerProblems for inclusion in the next edition of this series.
If you missed them: Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39.