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post #11 of 16 Old 11-14-2011, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ridergirl and goldenhorse, heads up it's still trying to snow more. I'm hoping we don't get a repeat of Nov 17 last year...3 feet over night.

As for the no gloves, I blame too many years ski patrolling. That and some times I feel I lose feeling to the mouth. So if it means I have to suffer a little then so be it.

I would love so much to have a t-shirt on and feel the sun on my back. I look out my window and well, it's snowing again/ still.
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-14-2011, 03:34 PM
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Texas? Psh. Move to Alabama!

The high this weekend was in the 80s!
It's in the 60s and rainy today and I am FREEZING!

Beautiful horse and scenery!
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-14-2011, 03:47 PM
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This may be a very stupid question, but don't the horse's legs get ridiculously cold riding in the snow? Are there problems such as sinking/sliperiness or something? I'm from Australia so I've never encountered snow riding like that.

Looks lovely there though, and your horse is beautiful.
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-14-2011, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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horses are outdoor animals. I'm originally from Oz and it's weird I would have my horses at "home" rugged alot more for a lot warmer temps. Yes some horses feel the cold more then others and others don't really care.

Our feet get cold due to the veins on top of the feet, if you can keep them warm when your feet stay warm. horses on the other hand, hair on the legs and are lot better built for cold then us humans.

Snow is funny, the white you see is cause because the air that is trapped. If it is say -40 and bury a bottle of water in snow, leave it over night it still will not be frozen. When a snow crystal is formed either A or C growth air gets trapped in between the arms. when it falls it crashes into other crystals forming a cluster (those big fat flakes you see) forming more pockets to air to get trapped in.

So even though the windchill was -13 the snow temp at ground would have been sitting at around -2 to -5 at the flakes falling that day were P2G and they only form and maintain that crystal when the temp is -2 to -5

As for the horse feeling the cold on the windchill, this is where the winter coat kicks in. the double coat they grow locks in air between the horses skin and outside. Air is the best insulator. The new school thermals look like something you'd wear to some weird club. but when you put your second layer on it traps the air and you stay warmer for longer.

I use an exercise sheet to prevent any muscle issues cramping and gets cooled down in it to help stop chilling over the kidneys etc.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-14-2011, 07:33 PM
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Woah that looks cold! I was freezing this morning and it was still 39 degrees here. I think I'd be nervous riding in the snow, but it looks like a lot of fun!
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-15-2011, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
Dang! And I've been complaining all week because the highs were around 60, it was raining, and windy.

It is supposed to hit 70 today. Maybe I should stop my pathetic whining and just ride?!?!
I think your avatar is starting to affect you, Bsms!! LOL!!
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