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    01-30-2010, 09:29 AM
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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??????
     
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    01-30-2010, 09:40 AM
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Trained
Are you kidding! LOL!

It is -0 right now and I cancelled my lesson! LOL! The barn had lessons full today, and all were cancelled.

No way hosay! You wouldn't catch me out there riding in anything that cold.
     
    01-30-2010, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Are you kidding! LOL!

It is -0 right now and I cancelled my lesson! LOL! The barn had lessons full today, and all were cancelled.

No way hosay! You wouldn't catch me out there riding in anything that cold.
It is the same here, minus 19 and I am just finishing this post and head out. The barn is right at 30 degrees F, very comfortable and I will saddle in the warmth, put on my face mask, my warm hat, my warm gloves and swing aboard a nice comfortable sheep skin saddle and ride off into the woods for the next 2 1/2 horse and have a ball.
Weather honestly doesn't bother me, I can dress for it as long as I have a warm barn to saddle in I am fine.

I am off. Talk to you guys later.
     
    01-30-2010, 10:04 AM
  #4
Weanling
I don't live where it's that cold... nor will I lol
     
    01-30-2010, 10:14 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I'll be checking in with this thread hoping someone has a solution to frozen fingers too!

Never bothered me much years ago, but the past 5 years or so my fingertips will actually split due to the cold. With what I do for work, this is just not acceptable, so, yeah, waiting to hear any solutions.

Typing right now with 2 split fingertips just from caring for my 2 horses. And that was wearing heavy insulated leather gloves.
     
    01-30-2010, 12:02 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I refuse to ride if it is under 20 degrees. I don't like working in it so I'm sure they don't either. My lungs burn when I work hard in the cold and so I'm sure it is uncomfortable for them
     
    01-30-2010, 12:24 PM
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Green Broke
Riosdad- you are the toughest cookie I know of! I really admire you! I live in the mountains in Arizona, and it only get to about 10 F at the coldest, overnight. Sometimes the days are in the 20's but mostly it's warmer. I still don't have anyone who will ride with me!

Actually, alot of the time I don't ride either, not because of the cold, but because I worry about the footing. It is either icy and slick on the dirt roads, or sucking mud that the horses don't like walking in.

Sometimes I wonder if I am just being a wuss, but I really worry about them slipping and getting hurt. So if the footing is questionable, I don't ride. I just about have to ride the roads to get to the forest, so sticking to the snow isn't an option unless I can get over the snotty or icy roads. And if the roads are thawed, the forest is mud.

What do you guys do about the footing in winter? Not worry about it? I can't help worrying about it. I figure if the horse gets seriously hurt, that could be the end of him or her, and I just don't want to take a chance. Any thoughts?
     
    01-30-2010, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
Riosdad- you are the toughest cookie I know of! I really admire you! I live in the mountains in Arizona, and it only get to about 10 F at the coldest, overnight. Sometimes the days are in the 20's but mostly it's warmer. I still don't have anyone who will ride with me!

Actually, alot of the time I don't ride either, not because of the cold, but because I worry about the footing. It is either icy and slick on the dirt roads, or sucking mud that the horses don't like walking in.

Sometimes I wonder if I am just being a wuss, but I really worry about them slipping and getting hurt. So if the footing is questionable, I don't ride. I just about have to ride the roads to get to the forest, so sticking to the snow isn't an option unless I can get over the snotty or icy roads. And if the roads are thawed, the forest is mud.

What do you guys do about the footing in winter? Not worry about it? I can't help worrying about it. I figure if the horse gets seriously hurt, that could be the end of him or her, and I just don't want to take a chance. Any thoughts?
I'd love to see the answer to this one. Next year when I CAN ride in the snow, I'd love to, but I'd be worried to about footing as well.
     
    01-30-2010, 12:55 PM
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Where I live is doesn't get cold enough to really snow and have the snow stay around for a while (and in the rare instances it does I don't get to see Lacey because the roads to her house are too dangerous). The coldest it's gotten this year was 19F with windchill making it colder, but no snow, and I didn't ride in it. I was planning on riding but Lacey seemed really unhappy about having her blanket off (really stiff, not wanting to really move etc) so I decided to just free lunge her and go home.

I don't think I would ride if the temperature was negative anything but maybe if I lived somewhere where I either had to ride in that or not do anything with horses, I'd get over it.

I'm impressed. O.o
     
    01-30-2010, 01:32 PM
  #10
Green Broke
I hope you do not ride with a metal bit. It will freeze the corners of the horses mouths.
     

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