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post #21 of 30 Old 10-17-2011, 08:53 AM
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As a teenager I rode in everything. I lived at 9000 feet in Colorado.

I usually rode bareback - not only do you get to share warmth with the horse, but it also leaves a smaller sweat spot to dry out later. You can use a cooler for that. Nice not having to worry about drying out the girth area, either.

I rode my mare in snow up above her belly at times, for short distances. She would lunge through it (the horse does need to be well conditioned for that).

Barefoot is preferable for riding in the snow, to prevent the balling, but I rode so much those days that my mare's hooves would wear too quickly, so she HAD to have shoes on. My farrier had some pads that had a downward bulge in the middle. He'd put those under the shoes and they would prevent the balling.

These days I don't ride in the winter that much - mostly because I'm more of a wimp (adding 15-20 years does that to you...), but also because where I live now has more ice. We rarely had ice where I grew up, it was just fluffy snow, somewhat packed snow, and then melted. Ice is evil.
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post #22 of 30 Old 10-17-2011, 11:07 AM
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1. If it's below 25 degrees F I don't bother, too cold for both of us, not good on either of our lungs, esp outside!
25? Wow - I would go way too long without riding! I use 10 for riding and 15 degrees for lessons.
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post #23 of 30 Old 10-20-2011, 07:46 AM
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25? Wow - I would go way too long without riding! I use 10 for riding and 15 degrees for lessons.
Yeah but I guess it's all what your horse is used to/the climate you live in. I would bet that our FL peeps would think 25 was even way too cold!

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post #24 of 30 Old 10-20-2011, 10:20 AM
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Loved the pictures!!! The snow is so pretty and I imagine the scenery is just gorgeous.

I live in Texas and north Texas gets plenty of snow but snow is rare here in southeast Texas on the coast! It does get cold and it is a wet, humid cold so winter can have its really cold days (last year it was in the teens) but for the most part one can ride all year long here. I did this year. Even when it was hot in August we kept riding ... mostly walking and jogging in the woods where it was at least shaded.

I have always wanted to ride in the snow so maybe I will be able to do that some day. Hope everyone gets to ride some this winter.

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post #25 of 30 Old 10-20-2011, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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I'll probably try some riding this winter on the days that are a little bit warmer than most. Thanks to everyone for your input! :)

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post #26 of 30 Old 10-20-2011, 09:11 PM
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Finally. The nights are going to be in the 40's for the next 4 days. Days are still in the 70's, but at least it's cooler weather. End of next week the nights are suppose to be back down to the 40's, but it's suppose to only have highs in the 60's. Fall is finally arriving.
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post #27 of 30 Old 10-20-2011, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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The weather here has been pretty beautiful for this type of year, lots of rain today though.. flooding is actually starting! But it hasn't been any lower than 10 degrees Celsius this week and I've gotten to ride 2 times since sunday :)

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post #28 of 30 Old 10-20-2011, 09:59 PM
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I ride all winter, at least two lessons.
You wear lots of layers. I usually make sure I have some sort of compression gear (like UnderArmour or similar) on underneath so I don't look like a big meatball in a giant jacket. I wear ski socks (wool) in my moms boots because they're wider than mine and I have a balaclava. I'm on the hunt for a pair of good insulated riding gloves. You could also get a pair of winter breeches. I haven't because they are rather expensive :L.
As for the horse, usually their okay being worked in the winter without being cold. If they're getting sweaty you may consider a trace clip for them (making sure you blanket them well when not worked. If they're cold, a quarter sheet for riding might help.
I live on the eastern canadian border, so it does get really cold here, with lots of snow. I personally don't ride IN the snow, I ride indoors, so not much input as far as riding in the snow.
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post #29 of 30 Old 10-20-2011, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately an indoor riding arena isn't available to me so I'll have to settle for the outdoor one!

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post #30 of 30 Old 10-20-2011, 10:18 PM
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I ride all winter, at least two lessons.
You wear lots of layers. I usually make sure I have some sort of compression gear (like UnderArmour or similar) on underneath so I don't look like a big meatball in a giant jacket. I wear ski socks (wool) in my moms boots because they're wider than mine and I have a balaclava. I'm on the hunt for a pair of good insulated riding gloves. You could also get a pair of winter breeches. I haven't because they are rather expensive :L.
As for the horse, usually their okay being worked in the winter without being cold. If they're getting sweaty you may consider a trace clip for them (making sure you blanket them well when not worked. If they're cold, a quarter sheet for riding might help.
I live on the eastern canadian border, so it does get really cold here, with lots of snow. I personally don't ride IN the snow, I ride indoors, so not much input as far as riding in the snow.

Whew...would melt away in all that. I'd be sweating enough for me and two horses .

Flannel shirt, jacket, jeans, hat and shoes or boots for most of late Fall, part of Winter, early Spring.
Flannel shirt, coat (sometimes with liner) if it's really cold 30's and 40's, jeans, hat and shoes or boots with thicker socks for whenever we manage to have really cold days.
(not a lot of change...not much of a "Winter")
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