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        12-10-2008, 12:53 AM
    Dude, in Cali I don't tan, I ripen. Cali in the summer isn't actually too bad heat wise, just the sun KILLS.
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        12-10-2008, 11:45 AM
    Originally Posted by hotreddun    

    I'll be completely honest...I don't ride if it is below 30. Granted I'm in Tx and it rarely gets below 30 in the daytime
    Ha, I'm with you on that. I grew up in Texas and during school we wern't allowed to go outside if it got below 40. Now I live in upstate New York and I had to go to school even when it got down to -17. Holy crap talk about having the shock of your life. Not to mention all the snow here. Eep It only snowed once in the ten years I lived in Texas, it was less than half an inch and everyone flipped out. I even saved a snowball since it was my first snow, lol. Good times.
        12-10-2008, 01:12 PM
    Okay, how long have you lived in MN? I have lived here my entire life, in which I have also owned (and ridden) my horses. It is no secret that it does get quite cold here, but that should not bother your horse in any real way. If you do have an indoor than more power to you, I know people that don't and still ride in the cold. If I were you I would be more concerned that I own a cooler to put on my horse before I would be worried about their lungs.
        12-10-2008, 10:49 PM
    New, I haved lived in MN most of my life but have only owned my horse for 3 years. I know how to cool my horse down safely and how to make sure he is dry. I have 3 coolers a rain sheet heavy blanket and blanket liner. So all my bases are covered when it comes to that. I do ride with a quarter fleece sheet also. I just wondered if this was true or not. Like I said, I have been told this by a few horse people before. A few different trainers and a couple people that have been riding for longer then I. But at my new barn there are alot of people that do ride whenever. So I just wanted to know everyones thoughts on the matter . Thanks guys I will be sure and keep my horse safe and not worry to much about the temp.
        12-12-2008, 02:21 AM
    I can not even imagine what it must be like to be in -20C temperature never mind riding in it,,,,, it probably only gets to -5C here in the dead of winter at night, So at the moment here in South Africa, yesterday it was about 32C that's 90F and the sweat was dropping down my face after 30mins of riding. ....... but I think I would trade the sun for a white christmas !!!!!! Happy snow man making !!!
        12-13-2008, 11:06 PM
    We ride year round. After a good sweaty ride my horses take a good bath to dry the sweat off.

    The winter is the best time of year to see all the wild life.

    I've spent many an hour in the saddle below 20* F. Horse do just fine.
        12-14-2008, 01:41 AM
    Beautiful scenery. :P"" *drips drool with jealousy* LOL
        12-14-2008, 11:55 AM
    I live in South Carolina and I despise cold weather!
    I won't venture out if it's less than 45 degrees.
        12-14-2008, 11:59 AM
    I live in New York and the temperatures can go way down lol, so I ride in freezing weather like 20 degrees, like people have said I like to ride in the snow and it's not bad to ride in te cold as long as you don't work them to hard =]
        12-14-2008, 05:40 PM
    Well im lucky to have a heated indoor, but even so, I don't ride in anything below -25C or so. I find it too hard on my horses, who have to go outside afterwads, no matter how long I let them cool off for!

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