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    01-03-2012, 05:27 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
spend some money on the proper clothing. Id rather do that than deal with the biting yellow flys in summer.
Yeah but you're also a man...thick skinned and all...
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    01-03-2012, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by AllThePrettyHorses    
I think it was around -5 (Celsius) today...and that's not even cold weather. I dread the -15 and -20 days :'(

Egrogan, I am completely jealous of your 40s...it was like that up until a few weeks ago, and now winter's here for real.
We're also experiencing extremes in temp day to day. Yesterday I used the outside water hose to fill the water tank. Today, I was removing 2" of ice off the tank. And let's not forget the wind chill......man that cuts right through my face.
    01-03-2012, 05:47 PM
Riding in the winter is pants. But it beats letting my horse and myself get unfit and then having to bring us back into condition in the spring.

I couldn't even get to the barn today due to high winds and motorway being closed after several lorries overturned.
    01-03-2012, 06:05 PM
There is no real reason to feel guilty if you don't ride in bad weather. If riding is a hobby and not your livelihood, you should ride to have fun. If it is too cold, then it is not fun. I ride when it is not so extreme that I hate it. When I don't ride, I don't feel guilty. My horses have access to pasture and they can exercise if they are not too lazy (like me).
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    01-03-2012, 06:07 PM
Don't beat yourself up, a lot of us are in the same boat.
I have no problem riding in the cold, even very cold, but windy.... blah.
    01-03-2012, 06:13 PM
Originally Posted by AllThePrettyHorses    
egrogan, I am completely jealous of your 40s...it was like that up until a few weeks ago, and now winter's here for real.
I count myself very lucky, it's completely abnormal for this time of year but I'll take it! That said, today was the first really frigid day we've had, with highs in the teens. First day my teeth felt cold while I was giving the dogs their evening walk!
    01-03-2012, 06:15 PM
It is cold here today. Highs are around 40. Low around 20.
Laugh all you want. To this southern girl, that is COLD.
    01-03-2012, 06:24 PM
I won't ride if the snow is over a foot deep, too hard on the horses and too bouncy for me. I won't ride if it's more than a few degrees Celsius below freezing, not fun. So I have been riding this last part of December and in the new year as the snow is about 7 or 8 inches & temps are above freezing.
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    01-03-2012, 06:28 PM
I would love to ride in snow like that for about 10 minutes. I could get some pictures and then I could tell my grandkids (if I ever have some) about how I used to ride in the snow...........

It is beautiful for sure. I did a little snow riding when I was a kid. It hasn't snowed enough to show here in years. We have it made now. This summer when it is 100 degrees, I will be crying..........
    01-03-2012, 06:29 PM
I guess it is all a matter of perspective. We can get between 6 and 7 months of winter here, so I have learned to enjoy winter riding. We don't ride when it's -40 with wind chill, but a calm -20 day isn't too bad if you are dressed for it. Clothing made for winter riding works wonders. We also usually ride bareback which is not only warmer, but keeps up our riding skills. Deep snow riding is an excellent workout for the horses and a lot of fun. We try to go for frequent, short rides when we can. The biggest issues I have with winter riding are the lack of daylight hours and ice. In December it gets dark by 4:30 in the afternoon, so riding after work / school is difficult, unless it is a clear moonlit evening with a good cover of snow. Lately, it has been unseasonably warm with frequent freeze / thaw cycles that are keeping the ground much slipperier than usual. We still ride, but carefully with lots of walk / trot and collection work.

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