RIDING HORSE IN THE WINTER *First time* - The Horse Forum

 7Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 10-17-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 366
• Horses: 1
Exclamation RIDING HORSE IN THE WINTER *First time*

I am hoping to ride my horse in the winter/snow for the first time this winter. Both his original trainer (Ann Kirk) and previous owner tell me they had never ridden him in the snow. He is 13, he's a great horse can be a little hot at times (He has allot of thoroughbred in him). I have ridden him like crazy (I rode him allot*) this summer was bucked off twice ah hahaha good times...... Anyway Sunny my horse has never been ridden in the snow, does anyone know how horses normally react to this? Do they normally freak out a bit or anything? Also allot of poeple talked about not ridding with a bit because of the cold????

How do you do this?????????
LyraFreedom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 10-17-2013, 10:18 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,685
• Horses: 1
Riding in snow is like riding a prancing horse! They are so much fun if the snow is nice and deep (1 ft or a tad more)

The only thing is that snow packs under the hooves easily, so be aware of that.. and of course ice is usually around which can be slippery.
boots and LyraFreedom like this.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Skyseternalangel is online now  
post #3 of 15 Old 10-17-2013, 11:42 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,606
• Horses: 0
My answer will depend on what kind of snow temperatures you are talking - -2C or -20C?

Riding in the snow is possible and can be fun, but you need to be aware of the potential hazards. And these vary depending on what 'kind of snow' it is

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
Shropshirerosie is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 10-17-2013, 11:44 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern Nevada
Posts: 1,615
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Riding in snow is like riding a prancing horse! They are so much fun if the snow is nice and deep (1 ft or a tad more)
Where do you live that you consider 1 ft to be deep?
DuffyDuck likes this.
jamesqf is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 10-17-2013, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 366
• Horses: 1
I think she meant that when it's a foot or more it is more fun than a couple inches and it hurts less if you get bucked off :)
LyraFreedom is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 10-17-2013, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 366
• Horses: 1
I'm guessing it will be around 20F to 30F maybe a bit colder/warmer at times.
LyraFreedom is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 10-18-2013, 01:20 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,685
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
Where do you live that you consider 1 ft to be deep?
I really don't like your tone, lol

I find that having at LEAST a foot of snow to ride in causes the prancing. I used to live in CO, where we had at least 4-5 feet of snow every time it came down.

Now I live in NZ where it doesn't snow.
Saskia and LyraFreedom like this.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Skyseternalangel is online now  
post #8 of 15 Old 10-18-2013, 07:19 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 139
• Horses: 1
As was mentioned above, the amount of snow you anticipate riding in will make a difference. The big thing, I think, is to pay close attention to the hooves before and after your ride to make sure there is no snow or ice packed in. For your bit question, yes, you can ride with a bit. However, some horses will object to the really cold metal, so you may want to warm it up a tad before putting it in your horse's mouth. I will put the bit in an inside pocket to warm up while I groom or just hold it for a few minutes if I'm too lazy to take the bit off the bridle.
Adrianne
aeosborne2002 is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 10-18-2013, 08:22 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,606
• Horses: 0
Okay, I've just done my temp conversion and I believe you'll be in -6 to -1C .

Your snow will likely be wet and likely to stick in the horses hooves. If your horses are shoed that is a much bigger problem as the body-temp frog melts the snow, then the ice-cold shoe freezes the snow.


Balled snow in hooves your horses can cope with but be aware of what's going on and make allowances.

Also, if the temperature heads towards 0 Celsius (32 deg F) then there will be a lot of ice on the ground as the snow melts and freezes. THIS is what you must be aware of. Ice on the ground is dangerous, and ice hidden under fresh snow more so. Ice on Tarmac roads is deadly!

So in summary - pray for lots of lovely fluffy snow in temperatures 20F or below

As to the bit, I have a bit warmer (purchased from a member on this forum, it's a microwaveable bag thingy) which I use but I have plenty of friends here who don't bother. Here it gets to -10 deg C frequently and to -40 infrequently and many people just warm the bit inside their jacket.
LyraFreedom likes this.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
Shropshirerosie is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 10-20-2013, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 366
• Horses: 1
Thanks much Shropshirerosie, that reply was very helpful!!
Shropshirerosie likes this.
LyraFreedom is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Keeping horse with full winter coat cool during riding? Black Beauty 94 Horse Health 25 11-21-2012 09:21 PM
WARM size 8 Mountain Horse winter riding boots equiniphile Tack and Equipment Classifieds 8 09-02-2012 09:43 PM
Wanted: Mountain Horse winter riding boots feather73 Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 09-29-2011 06:59 PM
Mountain Horse Womens winter riding boots Nokota Tack and Equipment Classifieds 7 03-06-2011 04:34 PM
winter time nldiaz66 Horse Health 10 09-21-2008 11:11 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome