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    01-20-2012, 11:38 AM
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Foal
Riding in the snow

Where I live we have about three feet of snow. I've been riding at a walk/trot, but am unsure about cantering. The ground is not icy and I know where any dips/rocks are in the field, so that isnt a problem. Should I be ok to canter or should I just stick to walk/trot?
     
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    01-20-2012, 11:41 AM
  #2
Started
If you are certain where there are dips and rocks etc and no ice then go or it!! It will build upo muscles with the restiants snow gives
     
    01-20-2012, 05:17 PM
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Trained
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    01-20-2012, 06:45 PM
  #4
Started
I do it all the time. Makes the horse work a lot more.
     
    01-20-2012, 08:50 PM
  #5
Foal
Make sure you scan the area and make sure there are not any items that could be hidden in the snow. I was riding in a field on day after a snow fall and my horse stepped on a white bucked and broke right through, sending me over her neck!
     
    01-20-2012, 09:01 PM
  #6
Trained
3ft??? Good luck with that.
     
    01-21-2012, 10:57 AM
  #7
Weanling
It will be bouncy, but it is very good work for them, and really tires them out.
     
    01-21-2012, 11:00 AM
  #8
Banned
I'd keep a careful watch on your horse's breathing. He's going to be working extra hard.

You might also want to have some extra long stretching and cool down time to let the lactic acid get out of his system.

And maybe put some liniment on the legs when you stall him up.
     

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