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    12-28-2011, 07:37 PM
  #21
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I would like to hear that you have been riding on your faithfull steed in the snow. But I do ask that you take just a little care.
I want to hear that all goes well.

Bring you horse in from the fields. Give him a wash and a good groom. Trim his hairs. Make him look pretty.
Clean his tack and wash your own riding gear.

Then prepare him. Lunge him first in a training arena - use a pessoa and a bridle with a soft bit - if you know how. But check his fitness.
Check his feet, his breathing, his back and his mouth.
Also check that his tack fits.

Choose from your riding friends a good rider, who owns a well schooled horse and ask him/her to ride with you. Explain it is your first for a little while - if they don't already know.

Pick your route. Plan the ride with your friend. Feel confident and safe.
Choose a nice day for your outing.
And
When you are ready - go and enjoy your ride. Not too many canters, mind for even random ice is slippery.

And tell us all about it.
     
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    12-28-2011, 08:07 PM
  #22
Trained
Ok there's another post & pictures. Sorry Barry, I didn't trim no whiskers & both horses were in their paddocks on their own, so no bringing them up from the pasture. Scotty always looks pretty flash anyways. My tack was already clean as I store it indoors in a pretty posh tackroom I designed.
     
    12-28-2011, 10:51 PM
  #23
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196.jpgSorry, we don't lunge or ride with friends, we are way beyond that, besides I doubt anyone would wanna travel up 2 steep mountains to ride with me lol. And we don't ride on the road in the winter, way too icy & steep. Reason why my winter riding is curtailed but today was a gooder....
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    12-28-2011, 11:05 PM
  #24
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Glad ya did it!

I ride in the snow all the time. Just gotta bundle up!
Bareback in the snow. It's just too fun!

And then I went on a cow-checking adventure!
     
    12-28-2011, 11:22 PM
  #25
Trained
Sounds like Peanut is snorting at the cows. Hopefully we don't get anymore snow, this about all I can handle, usually we have close to 2 feet by Feb. Hoping not this year.
     
    12-29-2011, 06:00 AM
  #26
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To we West Europeans, it is amazing as to how you guys cope with snow. In our world if a mere couple of inches of the white stuff falls from the sky, then the so called sophisticated world in which we live, comes to a grinding halt.
Crowded motorways slither to a halt, airports close, schools are shut and we all huddle indoors close to the heating radiators.

As for taking our horses out such chilly days, well one little slip of one iron shod hoof on an icey tarmac surface over which invariably we would have to cross, is enough to send us skurrying off back to the stables for fear of tearing ligaments.

But over one Christmas past, I did manage to ride out with a couple of friends in the Brecon Beacons on a faithful steed named William. That day we wandered over the moors for a couple of hours on a crisp sunny day. I remember it still. The countryside had been transformed by the snow.

The biggest problem for me had been driving the fifty miles from my home to the stables. My horse coped magnificently with the slippery surfaces - much to my surprise. At the beginning of the ride it was me up in the saddle who was tense whilst anticipating any sudden slip but William a Welsh Cob/ Hannoverian cross knew his job.


However in our part of the world, there can be snow one day and overnight a warm front might blow through, in which case most of the snow will disappear and leave behind chaos and a brown, slippery sludge.

Father Christmas would have wheels fitted to his sledge in our part of the world.
     
    12-29-2011, 06:18 AM
  #27
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Snow UK style

This photo taken a couple of years ago in the Brecon Beacons looks down into a valley. We'd been chasing Charley with the local farmers hunt, but he was nowhere to be seen. No doubt he had been hiding in his lair.
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    12-29-2011, 07:09 PM
  #28
Trained
That is a beautiful picture Barry.
     
    12-29-2011, 07:44 PM
  #29
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WB, on horseback I took the photo up in the Brecon Beacons behind the town of Brecon in Sth Wales.

The man in hunting gear was the whipper in. He was looking down and across the valley for a couple of lost hounds. From a position below in the valley, he would have been seen as lord of all he surveyed.

It was almost the end of one memorable day chasing an elusive fox, which we never did find. No matter.
     

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