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It’s the Winter Solstice today! This is a fact that brings great joy to my heart, both as someone living with RP, and as a horse owner. This is the day of the year with the fewest daylight hours. From tomorrow the days begin to get slowly lighter for longer.hooray to that!one of the first symptoms of most forms of RP is night blindness. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to see in the Dark. It actually makes very little difference to me these days, after all, I can’t see in daylight, but I well remember the gloom and frustration of long winter nights. Many people with RP dread this time of year. I think it’s similar for a lot of hors owners. A lot of hard work, hardly any riding, and a seemingly endless battle against the relentless mud.

From here on it gets easier though. Increasing amounts of daylight means more time to be outdoors enjoying life. Something worth celebrating me thinks!

In the dark wet winter

Rain drenched winds made moan

Puddles dark and stagnant

Mud concealing stone

Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, all of us, four legged and two legged, here in Devon, poo picking in the dark, wish you peace, happiness, joy and health.