THE CONUNDRUM OF COLD GRAVY
Can't say I am particularly fond of gravy really (something to do with not wanting different foods on my plate to touch each other...) but I know a lot of people like the stuff, especially here in the UK. Though I'm pretty sure nobody likes cold gravy. 🤔
Cold gravy is stagnant, it smells iffy, it tastes crap, and it looks disgusting... (and it has absolutely nothing to do with horses 😂 ). Yet I want to talk about cold gravy because it can be an excellent metaphor for us (in winter) and even our horses.
It is a metaphor described to me by a very good friend when I was complaining about a total lack of energy which happens every winter when it's cold and dark. She told me I was like cold gravy: my energy was stagnant, it lacked flavour and did not complement anything. 🤢
I needed to warm my gravy, it needed to become fluid, smell nice and taste good. In order to do that I needed the get off my arse and move! Warm that gravy up girl!😂
In summer the higher temperatures and long days will get us going easily enough. But in winter, we are stagnant, cold and feel like doing nothing. Because of the combination of lower outside temperatures, short days and being indoors a lot, your gravy coagulates leaving you slow, and sometimes low. We are couch potatoes (with cold gravy haha, yuk yuk yuk, 🤮 the idea of it!).
But instead of giving in, we should get the juices flowing, warm up that gravy by walking, exercising and doing fun stuff.
In a way, it is the same for our horses. They need to warm up their gravy when they have been standing in a stable, we cannot just get on them and go. And they need to build up work when they have been rested, the whole system needs to get going again. We have to gently turn up the heat and get the energy going.
So go on! Get that gravy hot!
I have made a dance list on Spotify and I will start my days with 5 songs to dance to. 🎵🎶 That always gets me going! It makes me happy, energised and added bonus is I get a little fitter as well if the beats are nice and fast, and I move other parts of my body I would not use when riding or lugging hay around. Win-Win!
How are you going to heat up your cold gravy?