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    10-27-2011, 09:07 PM
Tips on winter riding?

With my first horse, I never rode in the winters for stupid reasons, so I pretty much always rode when the weather was delightful. Now, this is my first winter with Bliss and I am determined to keep her in shape through it. So I'm wondering, what do you all do differently when it's cold/snowy/wet? And when is it not safe to ride (how much snow, etc)? Oh, and the barn she's at doesn't have an indoor.
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    10-27-2011, 09:21 PM
Snow can be a great conditioning tool! We have an indoor arena, but I still make a point to ride outside in the snow at least once a week because of the resistance it offers.

The main thing you need to be mindful of is sweat. You'll want to have a cooler on hand if she's going to work hard enough to break a sweat. Depending on a number of factors (how thick of a hair coat she grows, what your climate is like, how hard you're planning to work her, etc.), you may want to consider doing a trace clip on her and blanketing her, which would help keep her from getting too sweaty and will also help her dry faster.
    10-31-2011, 04:23 PM
Don't ride when the roads have iced, even if snow is ontop- it is like riding on an ice rink and the stupidest thing you could ever do!!
Also- DON'T- I MEAN don't spill water on the yard- it will get tricky and dangerous for you and your horses when it freezes!!
Only travel your horse if an experienced truck driver is driving- a friends pony was nearly killed because the driver couldn't hold the trailer on the road- i'm luicky my dads an ex truck driver- I don't think id have my horses otherwise!
Also have a fleeecy flurosent waterproof exercise sheet to keep your horse warm- if he has wet legs when you get back, fleece bandage them
Vaseline + salt or boots on ur horses hooves to stop snow packing...
If your horse starts getting fat turn her out in the snow for 10 mins without a rug on- shell use her fat energy to warm up, thus loosing weight!
Stay warm yourself- leggings under jods, tons of thin layers- and don't wear wellies!! Your feet will fall off with the chill!! Invest in fleecy yard oots- their tough, waterproof and oh so toasty!!

Wow I could write a book oon this stuff- I still have more tips!! (maybe not for ur question though :P)
    11-01-2011, 12:00 AM
Thanks for the great tips! Lady, do you think you could elaborate on the exercise sheet (is that the same as a cooler, or is this worn while being ridden?), the fleece bandages (are those very difficult to put on?), and the vaseline + salt (how do you apply to hooves)? Haha my horse is already a fatty, but she's pastured 24/7 so maybe she'll lose weight in the winter!
    11-02-2011, 11:47 PM
I ride all winter outdoors as we generally have groomed trails and you can decide to go off road in the deep snow for a great workout or stick to the trail for a more leisurely ride. It's quite exhilarating to canter through deep snow, always keeping in mind safety, of course. I will ride in -20 C or colder with hot packs in my boots and in my gloves with my winter full seat breeches and layered winter jacket and balaclava under my helmet. I'm thinking about purchasing heated insoles for my boots this winter. Winter riding can be as fun as summer riding.
    11-06-2011, 03:13 AM

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This /\/\ is an exercise sheet- water proofed and fleece inners are the best
Salt and vaseline- mix it in a pot and just spread it on the underside of the hoof- easy as cake
    11-06-2011, 03:16 AM
And fleece bandages...just go on like usual bandages though without the underlayering of gamgee. Though if you have a thouroughbred type use gamgee as well
And don't over feed on the hay!! Learn to tell the difference between greedy and hungry!

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