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post #11 of 13 Old 11-21-2008, 02:00 PM
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footing is the biggest concern that I have with winter riding and then it is making sure my horse doesnt get too warm. When the snow is deep they are going to have to work really hard which makes them sweat faster, and ice could cause slipping, falling, etc...

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post #12 of 13 Old 11-21-2008, 02:09 PM
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If you ride him in the winter and he sweats you might want to have a cooler ready to put on him so he doesn't catch a cold or get colic or anything and if you're riding in snow, snow/ice can get packed up in their hooves and needs to be picked out after riding. I don't know too much about the snow getting packed in their hooves thing, but I think something bad can happen if you don't frequently pick it out, just incase I'm wrong you might wanna look it up just to make sure about it, I think to stop that from happening you can get them some kind of pads to put on with their shoes that have a non slip bottom and it doesn't let snow get packed up in their hoof :)

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post #13 of 13 Old 11-21-2008, 03:40 PM
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All of our horses go barefoot in the wintertime. Most of the time, without shoes, you don't have to worry too much about packed snow in their feet but if you really worry about it, get some kind of non-stick cooking spray and use it on the soles of their feet. This will keep the snow from sticking. It doesn't get as cold here as it does in canada I'm sure but there are lots of times that it is below zero. Bare feet will help with the traction but I still avoid icy roads. I also keep away from frozen ruts and other areas that have been frozen with the pointy parts of the ground sticking up because they can cut hooves if the horse steps on them. I always ride bareback in winter because then I can ride longer cause the horse keeps me warm.

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