Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: ontario, canada
• Horses: 0
Saddling in minus 20 degree Weather???
It was minus 21 last night and is right at minus 20 right now. To put the horses out I bundle up in layers of clothes , a warm vest and a snow suit. For gloves I need to feel so I can only wear a lite pair of good fitting gloves. Even short expose to the weather like openning and closing the latches on the gate with gloves froze my hands. Cleaning stalls was fine but agian pushing the wheel barrow out , dumping it, going to the hay shed and bringing in a bale of hay again produced frozen hands. I can't wear heavy gloves since handling latches would be too difficult.
I ride at 10 all winter so in another 30 minutes I have to be off to saddle up.
How do you guys do it?? You need to use your fingers to undo the buckles on the blankets, saddle up, bridle, my case spurs straps to do.
I ride for about 2 1/2 hours in the deep snow so when I get back the horse is steaming, at least under the saddle. So it is again pull the saddle, watch the horse steam away , brush backwards to fluff the hair, reblanket and those blankets are really cold from sitting and put the horse back in the field.
How do you do it?? Your hands would freeze even with light gloves needed for the buckles???
Do you guys honestly ride in that weather?? HOnestly??
I have missed only 1 Sunday since winter started and never never a Saturday, regardless of what mother nature throws at you and he got that Sunday off because I rode him every day of the week up to that day so I gave him the day off because of the driving snow and strong strong winds.
I even warm my saddle by keeping it beside the furnace where the leather dries out really good and I keep it well oiled so everything is soft.
So ladies how do you saddle up in this weather, outside in the snow and manage to keep your fingers in tack??????