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post #1 of 6 Old 11-15-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Do's and dont's of winter riding....tell your stories!

]I have a new horse that i got in October and I took him out for my first winter ride and had such a blast! saw some deer....he never spooked....saw some turkeys and just looked at them kinda! I rode in the winter time once before when i was a friend and i rode her horse snow pants. We decided it would be fun to slide off of her into the snowbanks....alot of fun! ha-ha the things you do when your a kid! Tell me your stories....funny or just to ride safe....anything! please include photos if you have them. I will post some is Tanner back in October![ATTACH]118441[/ATTACH
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I once took my old loan mare out in the snow without really knowing where I was going. Next thing I know we're in her favourite gallop field. D:
Luckily, somehow I managed to keep her energy down to a trot!

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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Today i decided to try to pull me son behind my horse and i on his snowboard.....Tanner was afraid of the snowboard but pulled him a few times....didnt want to push tanner too much....not sure if he has ever pulled anything before? It was fun!
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Today i decided to try to pull me son behind my horse and i on his snowboard.....Tanner was afraid of the snowboard but pulled him a few times....didnt want to push tanner too much....not sure if he has ever pulled anything before? It was fun!
haha, one of my friends sent me this on Facebook yesterday.
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I think the worst winter experience was when a friend and I trailered out to a horse trail last winter (I'm 16, and she is a few years younger, so her dad was the one hauling). It was about December, and we thought it would be fun to take a ride on a local trail a few miles away. Comet is a big guy, and the horse the other girl brought was a small mare. Normally we'd haul Comet in the big stock trailer that the barn owner has, but we used my friend's trailer. It was pretty small, but the trip would only take 15-20 minutes, so we hauled them over. On the way, Comet was perfectly fine. We unloaded them, tacked up, and rode. When we got back to the trailer, Comet would not load. We tried for about an hour and a half, with no luck. Finally, they went to call the barn owner to see what we should do. They had to go out to the highway (you enter the trail from M-22, a pretty major highway in Michigan) to get service. Not thinking, they took the other horse and I continued to try to get Comet to load. All of a sudden, Comet panicked, and ripped the lead out of my hands. He ran full speed at the highway to find his lil horse buddy, and all I heard was the other girl scream.
I don't think I ever ran faster. When I got there, a few cars were pulled over. I thought the worst, because the other girl was crying. Luckily, he whirled around and ran back into the woods. I caught him a few minutes later, and amazingly, he was not injured. Just really scared. He had almost been hit by a few cars, but they had seen him in time and pulled off.
Later, the barn owner came and got us, and I learned that Comet will NEVER be loaded in a small trailer again. Amazingly, he wasn't traumatized by the whole thing and he still loads okay.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-10-2012, 12:37 AM
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We usually ride in the winter here but for our area the weather has been really mild with freezing rain and melting/ just watch out for ice!

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Wasn't until a few years ago that I realized a horse can't back up in deep snow.
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