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post #1 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Inside or out?

Well in the lovely land of Canada our crummy weather has set in. Lots of rain, lots of wind and lots of grey. I'm an all year outdoor rider. No indoor for me. Rain or shine, hail or snow, I'm out there. If I didn't I would'nt ride all winter. Coug prefers to be outside. He wont' go out of his stall if it's raining to hangout but he prefers getting a change of scenery so an indoor all winter isn't a realalistic option for my boy either. He'll get wet if he's got a rider on. A few weeks ago we got caught in a nasty wind storm and a flower pot flew at his head. Ha.


So what about everyone else? Are you blessed with an indoor for the poor weather? Do your rough it because you have to or is it by choice? Or do you ride seasonally?
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 03:14 AM
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Being down south from you (NJ), but having lived in Ontario myself, I sympathize. But to answer your Inquiry, I had ridden indoor and outdoor most of my riding years. But now, My TWH and I find winter fast closing in, and will tough it out in the great outdoors entirely. He is shoeless, and should do fine in all but the most slippery weather. I love snow, cold, etc...So unless Blue(my bottom half) decides it's to cold for his handsome hide,we'll be a walkin it through the cold weather!
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I'm in Washington State and we get a lot of rain. A LOT. And I don't have an indoor. I don't even have a real pasture. Usually, we can make it work, but I have two more horses at the barn this winter, one mine, one my friend's, and my friend's horse has made my riding pasture her own personal toilet, so it's just a huge mess. Then with all the rain and traffic, it's an even bigger mess. I already pulled my mare's shoes for the winter so we can't go on trails, so I don't think I'll be riding her much this winter. Sad. =[

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post #4 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 04:43 AM
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omg I know how you feel canada to much rain no inside ring ahh lol and my horse is out all year rounds hates being inside XD I wish we had a riding ring for them rainy windy days and even icey days we can't ride
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 06:46 AM
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We get some pretty nasty weather too! I am lucky enough tohave an indoor, but it is small. It's hard to improve when the longest line is a 4 stride (and that with barely enough room to turn and still clear the fence in the ends)
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 07:18 AM
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It's been too wet here this autumn to ride in fields, we don't have an all weather outdoor and I don't like riding on the roads, so I have to ride indoors, or not at all ...

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 07:41 AM
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Been there - done that. We've moved from NY to PA and now SC. I don't miss the snow and due to the warmer weather, riding in the middle of winter is like late fall/early spring up north.

We used to go on "he-man breakfast rides" up north. 10 to 15 riders, ~10 degrees, snow and ice on the ground, frozen creeks, a 3 hour ride to the VFW hall for breakfast (horses were tethered), then a 3 hour ride back to the ranch. Our horses had borium welded to their shoes and we carried WD-40 to spray on their hooves so the snow wouldn't ball up.

Down here, when other riders are staying home because it's below 50, a few of us have the trails to ourselves.

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 08:33 AM
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we have an indoor, but it comes with a price. It just gets too icy out to ride outdoors all winter, not to mention that my BO piles the snow from the driveway in the outdoor. So we are jam packed in an arena only slightly longer than a small dressage arena with 5, 6, 7 , 12....people. Sometimes with jumps or people driving

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 09:17 AM
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"........ gets too icy out to ride outdoors all winter, not to er than a small dressage arena with 5, 6, 7 , 12....people. Sometimes with jumps or people driving"
HAHA! Sounds like what you have there is a a Roller skating rink!
I wonder then do you have an organist and how much admission does your BO charge to enter? Must be quite a circus going on in that Indoor...wear your helmet..while I think of it, ARMOR for your horse as well...
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-20-2009, 09:26 AM
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HAHA! Sounds like what you have there is a a Roller skating rink!
I wonder then do you have an organist and how much admission does your BO charge to enter? Must be quite a circus going on in that Indoor...wear your helmet..while I think of it, ARMOR for your horse as well...
yeah basically makes it impossible to ride in the outdoor, unless you want to brave the trails...no one ever will go out with me haha

I don't really understand your question, are you asking about board ?

It does get really scary, especially bc a lot of [mostly dressage riders, sry if I offend anyone but its true at my barn] like to show off & do all these crazy movements & they run into other people..

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