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        01-03-2012, 07:36 PM
    Mark me down as someone who doesn't particularly love riding in this weather. Its just too cold! I'll ride a little less than normal but still try to get out every week for one ride.
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        01-03-2012, 11:00 PM
    I wish I could ride now! I can ride a lesson horse at another barn, but I haven't been able to ride my boy Huey for a month. :( I miss it like crazy, too, but the footing in the ring has been no good at all (either icy or swampy or rock-hard) and he had his shoes off for the winter so the trails are a bust too (too much gravel and rocks).

    I've been going to the barn most days to groom him out, but I feel like he really needs more exercise than he's been getting in the turnout. I feel bad about that.

    I also feel bad that I've had a persistent problem with blanket zap on his fleece blanket - I've been trying a bunch of different things to cut down on the static, and finally yesterday I threw in the towel and ordered a different kind of blanket. But it's gotten to where he sees me, and I can *see* him thinking "Oh no, she's going to shock me again!" Yesterday - this was the final straw - I had to change him over to his heavy blanket for our cold snap, and I was as careful as I could possibly be, but he still got zapped, and he was so upset he went and put his head in the corner of the stall.

    Talk about feeling bad about something you're doing or not doing with the horse...

    Layers is the way to go for the cold, though. I find that heavy silk thermals at the base works VERY well. I got some GREAT stuff from Cabelas.
        01-03-2012, 11:28 PM
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    ThursdayNext, I love my heavy silks too! But what really makes the whole deal work for me are my oilskin coats. Nothing gets through those babies! I'm thinking of getting some oilskin chaps to go over my lower half.

    My fingers and toes tend to go numb within 20 minutes. With my heavy chore muck boots and heavy socks , I've minimized the effect on the toes. Now I have to figure out something for the fingers.

    By the time I perfect my winter riding ensemble, it'll be spring!
        01-05-2012, 04:43 PM
    I think it's nice that the horses can get a break in the winter, even though they do lose a lot of muscle. I know I enjoy my breaks from college! I ride maybe once a week during the winter, but it's only walking and some trotting bareback around the farm. Bib overalls and muck boots are warm, but I need to move South...can't stand Indiana winters!

    ETA - But the main thing is do you still spend time with your horse? I try to go out every day to at least brush Flicka, visit, and work on the ground just a little in the small open space inside the barn. Sometimes I just sit on her while she munches on hay. :)
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        01-06-2012, 01:03 PM
    I feel terrible. I have only had my horses for 2 months. I planned on riding a lot more than I am. Right now it's pitch dark when I get home from work so weekends are it. It's been so windy (like 90mph winds here) that I don't even consider riding. I'd probably blow right off. They haven't been worked at all in a month. Not even lunging. Just lots of petting and wandering about our 40 acres. Spoiled horses. Spring and summer are going to be a shock to them!
        01-06-2012, 02:43 PM
    Originally Posted by AllThePrettyHorses    
    Yeah but you're also a man...thick skinned and all...
    LOL you wouldn't believe how wimpy the guys I know are. Joe4d is a real man, he braves the cold and rides horses

    I wish I had more money to spend on myself.. it all goes for my horse's stuff because I rather him look and feel awesome than me. I can rough it in hand-me-downs :P
        01-10-2012, 03:54 PM
    I love going for a nice winter ride! I just do mostly trail riding, just so my horse still gets exercise!
        01-10-2012, 06:21 PM
    I use to love it. But, now that I'm old, fat, and have Rheumatoid Arthritis... The cold hurts me, so I just can't do it... I'd love to.. just can't.
        01-10-2012, 06:33 PM
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    Where I live the winters are wet, wet, wet, but not so cold. So, we continue riding nearly as much as summer. I do hate the muck that results, in the trails, but it makes for soft ground, and if not too deep means we can canter all over the place. In the summer , sometimes the ground is as hard as concrete, so I avoid cantering on it. Also, a good thing in winter, is that I can see through the leafless bushes, so I know if a silent jogger is about to run headlong around the corner into my horse.
        01-10-2012, 06:38 PM
    I'm the same way about riding when it's cold ugh. I go out with 3 shirts a jacket and a vest. I feel like the michelin tire man and its' so uncomfortable. I hate when the people around me say I love riding in winter errr so annoying lol. I feel guilty too because I had my gelding trained and he was doing so well, then I let him sit pretty much all winter last year and he was terrible to ride after that, so this year I've been trying to get out there more. I could never live far north

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