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    12-13-2010, 09:49 AM
Green Broke
how cold is too cold to ride?

What does everybody consider too cold to ride? The high here today is 20 (with a feels like reading of 1 degrees), and while I have an indoor so I will be out of the wind, how cold is too cold before you won't ride? What do you do when it is this cold? I figured if I did decide to brave the cold I wouldn't want to more than walk, maybe a little trot to protect Blue's lungs.
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    12-13-2010, 09:55 AM
I rode yesterday and it was -30 with windchill, I'm not sure what the temp was without windchill. BUT.... I rode in the back where the wind is mostly blocked and it wasn't bad. When it's this cold I don't ride hard, generally just walking maybe a short canter/trot. I work on leg yeilds, hindquarter/forehand turns, side passing, lateral flexion, walking serpentines, figure eights, etc. Basically continue suppling my horses and increasing their responsiveness without making them expend a lot of physical effort. I would think you'd be fine for some light exercise in an indoor.
    12-13-2010, 08:19 PM
I use my own lungs as a guage, If it's too cold for me to run from the car to the barn without getting cold weather lung burn, I only ride at the walk or not at all. I usually draw the line at 20 anyway since my horse gets extra "happy" in extreme cold. It's like riding a pinball.
    01-18-2011, 03:47 PM
As long as you don't work them too hard, even the cold weather is riding weather. Try keeping him from sweating so there is no way he can get a chill. You'll horse will let you know when its too cold for him so be careful to listen
Always remember to have a long warm up and cool down to keep his muscles from stiffening.
Be safe :)
    01-18-2011, 03:52 PM
For the last 2 weeks its been about -35 with the wind so I havnt been riding. I don't think id ride in any thing under -25 even in our indoor arena(the indoor isnt heated). Im planning on going out there tonight since its only -7...its like t-shirt weather! Haha My new gelding hasnt been rode in 2 weeks so it should be interesting! Lol
    01-19-2011, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
I don't ride under 20 degrees. It's a barn rule because my trainer is the owner of the barn.
    01-19-2011, 11:23 AM
I don't ride under 40 degrees. My step dads rule. But I don't mind since where on a mountain and its colder up here then in town.
    01-19-2011, 11:40 AM
Wow. We ride in any weather. We warm up for about 15 minutes at the walk and then resume a normal ride. Footing permitting ofcourse.
    01-19-2011, 12:17 PM
Well I'm screwed now. There's a nice layer of ice under all the snow now. Or a really hard/icy crust that'll cut up their legs. I basically get to ride in the paddock now. Oh well summer's coming!
    01-19-2011, 12:20 PM
Green Broke
We don't usually ride under 32 degrees. It's not so much the actual temperature though as the fluctuations. If we had weather where it got cold and stayed cold, we wouldn't think twice about riding in it.

However, around here we'll go from 60 during the day to 15 at night, then up to 65, then down to 12 and then it will be overcast and 20 degrees the next day. The horses don't like the up and down temperatures, when the sun fails to appear during the day and it's horribly cold, they're pretty miserable and either moping around bemoaning the lack of sun or an irritable, cranky mess. So unless there is something coming up that makes it necessary to ride, it's much nicer on everyone to just wait a day or two and go ride when it's above freezing again.

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