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post #11 of 16 Old 01-03-2013, 09:55 AM
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I ride in the rain as long as I have good visibility and the surfaces aren't too slippery. My horse is barefoot and trimmed every 5 to 7 weeks so she is fairly sure-footed. We don't often get snow here so I can't comment.

In wet conditions, I avoid slopes, any gait above the trot and sharp corners. My mare is spooky at the best of times so I like to take her out in different weather conditions including thunder storms as long as it's not a violent storm. She will spook at more things as she's already stressed but that's not a bad thing when approached properly. She has to learn from me that the world isn't a scary place and that I won't lead her into a harmful situation. We are still building trust...she's only been mine for six months so we have work still to be done but are getting there with regular ground work and riding.
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-03-2013, 12:43 PM
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Unless your made of sugar, your fine riding in rain My first coach used to always tell us that!
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-03-2013, 01:27 PM
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I think it just depends on you as a rider and what risks you're willing to take. I ride in snow, rain, sunshine, super hot weather, cold weather, etc...

However, I will not ride if there's going to be thunder, and I am very cautious about which gaits I ride at in wet, slippery conditions.

Riding in any weather is fine, as long as you take appropriate safety measures.

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post #14 of 16 Old 01-03-2013, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
Well it rains here 8-9mos out of the year, we don't have much choice if we want to ride.
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post #15 of 16 Old 01-03-2013, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Phura View Post
Thanks everyone, I don't mind to keep a slow pace, its my horse I'm concerned about. We rode the other day after a few weeks off due to muddy conditions. She has slipped recently in the round pen and fell and it scared her silly so I'm afraid for both of us. When I did ride her after the few weeks off, she was really spooky and didn't want to go far out to pasture at all...she spooked near the barn where she almost never spooks. I did work her on the ground in the snow as she was walking awkwardly in the first real snow a couple days ago. She did ok but I'm concerned how she will respond under saddle. We don't have anyone to ride with us really and though she's more comfortable when her pasture buddy is with her he's been too naughty to walk with us when not under saddle.
I never round pen in the winter!!! For that reason alone.

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post #16 of 16 Old 01-06-2013, 09:49 PM
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I ride in the snow, and sometimes the rain, as well. If the footing is slippery for me to walk on, though, I know it will be difficult for my horse to carry me.
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