Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I love riding in deep snow. The more snow, typically the safer it is. The deeper snow gives your horse good grip, and you'll find they can actually be more agile in deep snow then on grass in summer! It makes me laugh that people are nervous about snow but ok with grass. Grass TERRIFIES me! I've had so many horses slip on flat patches, I've never had a horse go down on me in winter!
Snow acts as an insulator, so you'll pretty much never find solid ice under deep snow unless you're riding across a lake! Roads are the most dangerous, any area that's been plowed is usually slick as hell. Deep snow simply doesn't allow for slipping - even if there IS ice, your horse will slide half an inch and stop dead because the 2 feet of snow is too heavy to allow a leg to simply slide several feet forward.
Also, if your horse DOES go down in snow, the deep stuff pads them just as much as it does us! It creates a pretty darn good form of protection, I've had horses TRIP in snow before, and they just face plant into a big snow bank and jump back up going "God that sucked, SNORT".
Get out and have some fun!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.