The air had taken on a chill lately, and Ben knew that soon the summer show season would be over - and would begin winter training. Otachi had never been a fan of the snow, and preferred the dry, hollow ground of summer. When Ben woke up one morning to find frost on the ground, and the trees beginning to drop their leaves, he knew that snow would come soon, and that this might be his and Otachi's last chance for some cross country. The young horse was showing good promise, but seemed to be increasingly tetchy as the weather got colder. Scottish winter wouldn't treat the thin colt kindly, Ben knew. If Otachi ever got up to the Olympics or somesuch, they would have to move him somewhere else for the winter so he could actually work with the horse. The cold weather was making him fresh, and even a lazy Otachi would throw in a few bucks here and there, provided they could get on the horse at all. So, when Ben heard that snow would be called for in just a few days' time, he got up early that weekend, and trailered him over for the final show of the season. He hoped his good luck with the horse would hold out so that he could pick up another ribbon at the show, since he had no idea how well the horse would do in (god forbid) snow. After all, cross country wasn't always a good idea in snowy weather, and Ben didn't want to risk the horse slipping and injuring himself. That Saturday dawned sunny and clear, and Ben and Otachi were the first up at the starting gates to run their cross country round. The course would take them over several fields, and into a small patch of woods for the final few jumps. Getting off the trailer, Ben had to get one of the grooms to help him hold Otachi still - the normally jumpy colt was absolutely intolerable as he threw himself around the showgrounds, nearly snapping his reins for one terrifying second where he had managed to step on them, before stepping off just as quickly. Eventually, he managed to pull himself onto Otachi's back, and head off along the course. Putting up a quick pace, they quickly cantered and galloped over the open fields, and after a few minutes of the hard work, Otachi calmed down and started to tire a bit.
YEEHAW because only after doing this did I realize that it is almost December and I should probably stop doing summer backgrounds now, because I completely missed fall. Anyway, it finally snowed today, so I really want to get a first snow picture done tonight u v u;;