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post #61 of 68 Old 01-16-2012, 01:58 PM
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I love my disposable boot warmers! I crack open a pair and put them in my boots under my toes on the outside of my socks. My feet stay toasty oasty warm. The ones made for shoes/boots are very thin.
I need to get me some of those. Def way cheaper than a pair of insulated boots.
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post #62 of 68 Old 01-16-2012, 02:01 PM
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I heard a woman in flop flops and short sleeves complaining about the cold snap we were having (yea, it was still well above freezing). A simple pair of shoes and a jacket or at least long sleeves would have made a difference.

It's really hard to take people seriously when confronted with the visual of that.
Yep. Living in Ohio and having parents in the Miami area makes it hard to take some of the natives seriously when they roll out the fur coats on the rare 45 degree day.

Like you, mids 40s is sweatshirt and jeans weather for me. Mid 50s is sweatshirts and shorts.
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post #63 of 68 Old 01-16-2012, 03:53 PM
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I don't ride much in the winter since I mostly do trail riding and normally the ground is either icy or really hard, but I always try to ride when we get powdery or packing snow especially the day after a storm when it's sunny and the snow is sparkling. It's so much fun, but then again I'm one of those rare people who LOVE snow and winter.
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I spent 13mos in FL, they started complaining about the cold when it got down to......70.
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I think I have everything warm except I cannot find a pair of good gloves that I can also ride in. Tips of my toes go in about an hour even with the toe warmers. Great day today in Michigan...hit about 40 but it was icy. Went for a ride on the dirt roads that were mainly mud but workable! Anything to get out
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In the South we do tend to complain more about the Summers. It does get so hot that it's not worth riding. Brutal for the rider, but even worse for the horse. You can do things to ride and keep warm in cold weather. Horse will warm up from the ride. All I want to do in the Summer when it's 98 with a heat index of 110 is let the hoses stand in the shade and put a water mist or sprinkler over them with a fan blowing. Early morning or late evening is the only time that's almost cool enough to be tolerable, but that's when the blood suckers are most active, so there's really no winning in the Summer.

Is it any wonder that we love Winter riding :))
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I hate not being able to ride much in the winter. I am really looking forward to the spring and summer when I can train with my horses consistantly and taking riding lessons again.
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post #68 of 68 Old 01-16-2012, 10:25 PM
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One of the toughest things about winter riding is the limited supply of daylight. I live quite a ways North, so in winter the sun goes down by around 5:00 pm and doesn't come up again until 8:00 am. Riding is consequently limited to weekends and days off.

In the summer though, it is light until around 11:00 pm. We really enjoy those long glorious evenings as long as the mosquitoes are not out for blood.
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