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    12-19-2009, 05:49 AM
I really don't want to sound mean, but letting your horse 'rip around the indoor' without proper warmup is asking for injuries.

A warm-up includes forward walking, and bending at a controlled trot/walk--not a horse hauling around being silly because it's cold.
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    12-19-2009, 06:38 AM
Hmm, well in Australia, we tend to ride more in the winter months, as it doesn't get cold enough for snow here, but it just get's too darn hot in summer months to ride earlier than 7-8pm in the morning/evening!!!
    12-19-2009, 09:54 AM
Originally Posted by DarkEquine    
Hmm, well in Australia, we tend to ride more in the winter months, as it doesn't get cold enough for snow here, but it just get's too darn hot in summer months to ride earlier than 7-8pm in the morning/evening!!!
Wow, I can't even imagine it being to HOT to ride!
    12-19-2009, 07:35 PM
Well, when we start getting around 42-45 degrees (celcius - not sure what that is in farenheight lol), you're in joddies and long-sleeved shirts to avoid our harsh UV rays, AND you've got a gazillion flies batting around you and your horse's face, it gets a little uncomfortable! Hahah
The horse's are lathered in about 20 minutes and you're pink from head to toe, despite suncream. Lol
Also, in summer it's snake season, so you're always looking out for brown, taipan, red-belly,copperhead snakes in the long grass and when we're crossing streams, we have to watch out for tiger snakes!!
At least in winter, there's no snakes (they're all asleep! Lol), no flies, the joddies are to your advantage and can rug up easily, there's no annoying ice to worry about and wet/slippery ground is easily fixed with a properly drained arena!! :)
    12-19-2009, 07:49 PM
I just ride my horse the same way I always do, but instead of a say, 10 minute warmup I do like, 15 minutes so I know my horse isnt freezing anymore. Cutter is never silly, which I like because he's always ready to work!

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