Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Another thing to realize is that -20 on one side of the border is considerably warmer than -20 on the other side. When I originally read this post I thought no way anybody could ride in weather that cold. Then my brain kicked in and I did some math and it's not that bad.
Yeah, but I'm south of the border (I'm not in Canada). So -10 or -20 to me, is F, not C.
I've left skin on the gate latch before and the horses barely seem to notice the cold.
It just amounts to - what do you get accustomed and conditioned to. I personally find it unthinkable to ride in some of the weather they have down south in August, but the folks that are used to it have no problem. In fact, I start suffering when it's warmer than 70 degrees. I get miserable, crabby, and start yearning for winter again! When it hits 75, I'm downright ugly, cursing the heat. Most people think 70-75 is heaven. Sorry, but I can't imagine it. The perfect temperature to me is around 25-30 degrees (Farenheit!).