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        10-21-2013, 06:14 PM
      #71
    Foal
    Okay so winter is approaching quickly here and I live in Wisconsin so the snow and the cold are ALWAYS unpredictable.

    What drills or exercises do you guys do during the winter???
    I do have an indoor areana but I am not going past a trot because it does get slippery in there easily
         
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        10-21-2013, 08:02 PM
      #72
    Showing
    Long trotting whereby she's taking a nice long relaxed stride will help keep her muscles in shape.
         
        10-21-2013, 10:57 PM
      #73
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by cless12    
    Okay so winter is approaching quickly here and I live in Wisconsin so the snow and the cold are ALWAYS unpredictable.

    What drills or exercises do you guys do during the winter???
    I do have an indoor areana but I am not going past a trot because it does get slippery in there easily
    Trotting is still a great way to keep your horse legged up.

    Lots of bending, circles, figure 8's, spirals. You can also trot over ground poles or low jumps (really keeps those hindquarters in shape). Make sure no matter what you do, that you keep your horse collected and hind end engaged.

    I myself do not have an indoor arena, so I stick to mostly straight lines for outdoor winter riding, careful to avoid ice patches. Deep soft snow is an excellent workout; even just walking. Warm-ups and cool-downs are longer because I don't clip or blanket. 10 degrees F or colder is usually no riding for me, just because I have a difficult time keeping my toes and fingers warm.
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        10-21-2013, 11:10 PM
      #74
    Foal
    I usually keep it light during the winter months as well due to bad weather. To keep them legged up I go back to perfecting the basics, focusing on getting them really keyed in to working off my seat and leg cues to keep them light and responsive (especially after a long, hectic season on the road). Roll backs, figure eights, side passing, stopping and backing. I even throw in some training from other events to keep their minds fresh like teaching them how to pull barrels or small logs around, trotting poles, and even some western dressage moves. Another good one is teaching your horse to back perfectly in a box/square pattern and a round pattern. You would be amazed how many muscles they use and how it keeps their minds sharp.
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        10-22-2013, 04:09 PM
      #75
    Foal
    These are great ideas thanks everyone!!
    I want to keep my horse in shape and have a good mind on him so we can have a good turn out with spring arrives :)
         

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