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        10-21-2013, 09:24 AM
    I use Mushers Secret in the snowy weather- apply a generous amount to the inside of the hoof. I've also heard of spraying Pam cooking spray in the hooves but you have to use a lot and may need to reapply.
    If it's relatively warm I just put the bridle around my neck against my body and zip up my jacket to warm the bit while I'm grooming and saddling. But on those days when frost is stuck to eyelashes, I just ride in a halter to keep the saliva from freezing on his mouth around the bit.
    Since your horse hasn't been ridden in the snow before, you may want to do some hand-walking to judge how he handles himself and progress to some roundpen work. Once your confidence is up, you'll be unable to resist the urge to take a beautiful ride in the snow and enjoy the quiet air and the soft crunch of your horses feet underneath you!
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        10-21-2013, 09:30 AM
    Does your horse get turned out in snow? If they do, they should be just fine riding in it!
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        10-21-2013, 10:30 AM
    We ride down to -30 celcius. Below -5 and the snow doesn't ball up too bad, below -10 and it doesn't ball up really at all.

    Most horses that have been out in snow will be fine being ridden in it. Avoid areas with ice, don't ride if the snow has melted and refrozen with a crust on top. Any low areas will collect snow, so ditches and such can get deep.
        10-25-2013, 04:11 PM
    Just make sure that you don't go any faster than a walk and your horse should be fine. Horses are used to snow and if they are good with it normally and they are good with a rider normally, they should be fine if you combine them.
        10-25-2013, 05:24 PM
    We don't get much snow, but riding through the fields you need to be aware of big rocks and/or holes that you can't see.
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