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    11-16-2010, 09:31 PM
  #41
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The map is distorted because is tries to take a round thing and put it on a flat surface and this causes distortions unless you purposely compensate. That's why you'll see those maps that cut the world up into like orange peelings shaped, connected along the equator.

I'm one of the people from "deathly" Washington state. (funny, but I think I am alive). Anyway, it is cold here due to the bone chilling damp. Much harder to deal with than dry brisk cold.
I bought some "cozy toes" from Cashel this year, but only fit my dressage saddle. They do make them for Western saddles, too. They fit over the stirru and if you line them with sheepskin, I think they will be warm.

I have a question for you snow folks; When you ride in the snow, how do you keep it from balling up inside the hoof and literally creating a ball under the horse;s foot? Our snow is damp and compresses beautifully. Makes awesome snowballs, but sticks in the hoof. I rode once in the snow last year and put vaseline on his hoof first, but still aborted the ride due to too much snow packed inside hoof. Advice, please?
     
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    11-16-2010, 09:52 PM
  #42
Trained
They put pads called poppers under the horse shoes. They're pads with a convex bump where the frog is so the snow can't collect. Usually we put studs on the shoes too for traction.

I hear you about damp cold being far worse than dry cold. I'll take a dry 20 degree day anytime over a 40 degree raw day. Raw is brutal. Guess I'll stay in New England!
     
    11-16-2010, 10:02 PM
  #43
Weanling
For snow in hoofs, packing vaseline in there helps too. Probably not as good those pads though, never used them. For lots of winter riding I suggest getting the studs on the shoes too.

And Hali I hear ya about winter finally starting. That stupid blizzard woke me up at 3:30am. I don't mind the snow, I just mind the wind and slush. I walk to school and people in their nice toasty warm cars seem to "forget" how far that slush actually flies once the plow truck finally gets around to it.
     
    11-17-2010, 12:31 AM
  #44
Trained
What part of Utah is going to determine how much extra clothing you will need...

I had family that lived in St. George, and although it got chillier in the winter, heavy coats weren't normally necessary, and a hat and light gloves were sufficient to keep hands and head warm. Now if you are moving to the Salt Lake area, they get snowy winters, so good warm clothes will be necessary.

My advice would be to get into contact with the people you will be interning with, and find out from them what is normally necessary for winter weather there.

Where I live now, (Denver, CO) is fairly mild so far...although I know to expect snow, rain, and nice muddy paddocks! Hahaha...But so far everyone I talk to says it can go from a blanket of white one day, and a few days later that will be melted...sooo...pretty mild in my book!

I grew up in MN...now that's COLLLLDD!!!
     
    11-17-2010, 01:53 PM
  #45
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
The map is distorted because is tries to take a round thing and put it on a flat surface and this causes distortions unless you purposely compensate. That's why you'll see those maps that cut the world up into like orange peelings shaped, connected along the equator.

I'm one of the people from "deathly" Washington state. (funny, but I think I am alive). Anyway, it is cold here due to the bone chilling damp. Much harder to deal with than dry brisk cold.
I bought some "cozy toes" from Cashel this year, but only fit my dressage saddle. They do make them for Western saddles, too. They fit over the stirru and if you line them with sheepskin, I think they will be warm.

I have a question for you snow folks; When you ride in the snow, how do you keep it from balling up inside the hoof and literally creating a ball under the horse;s foot? Our snow is damp and compresses beautifully. Makes awesome snowballs, but sticks in the hoof. I rode once in the snow last year and put vaseline on his hoof first, but still aborted the ride due to too much snow packed inside hoof. Advice, please?
My horse is barefoot and doesn't have this problem, but for shod horses you can get pads inserted in their shoes that prevent the snow from balling. Check with your farrier!!
     
    11-17-2010, 02:06 PM
  #46
Foal
For winter riding in the feedlot my farrier used shoes with Borium for traction combined with snow pads that were actually like a rubber ring around the inside of the shoe. The combination worked great but Borium does add so much traction that you have to be very careful.
To keep warm on the 8-12 hour days in the saddle (in Alberta) dressing in layers, including Carhartts. I had heavy mitts with my thumb and pinky finger seperate so I could still hold the reins. I also changed out my stirrups to a wider set that I could safely ride in heavy winter boots.
     
    11-17-2010, 04:44 PM
  #47
Showing
Borium tipped shoes are pretty standard around here in the winter and spring too because we usually get more ice than we do snow, and well, you know how slippery that slop gets after 2 inches of rain .
     
    11-19-2010, 02:45 PM
  #48
Foal
I'm not from Utah but I grew up in Alaska and currently live in Oregon where the winters are wet and cold. I also used to flag for the power company so needed to stay warm and dry.

My winter riding gear consists of silk long underwear, wool socks and flannel-lined jeans. I usually wear my chinks over that. On top I layer silk and merino wool, then a vest and then my coat (Carhartt jacket). I also wear a silk scarf around my neck. My hat is a wool felt cowboy hat. For gloves I have some waterproof insulated gloves from Cabela's. Shooting gloves aren't too bad as far as being thin enough to feel the reins (or answer the radio) but still keep your hands warmish. Mittens are always better than gloves because your fingers are not separated. Sometimes flagging, I would wear a silk liner inside wool mitts. If it's raining, I don't ride! Been there, done that and I no longer need to prove myself to anyone. Not that I needed to before, but we all know how that goes!

Moving from Louisiana to Utah will be an adventure and I hope you really enjoy the differences. Riding in the snow is lots of fun because it's not something you get to do everyday (for most of us).
     
    11-19-2010, 03:25 PM
  #49
Showing
Tiny, I have heard of people using non-stick cooking spray on the bottom of their feet to prevent snowballs. None of ours have shoes in the winter so I don't worry about it.
     

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