Winter Riding: How cold is too cold to ride? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 44 Old 10-27-2009, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Posts: 570
• Horses: 1
Winter Riding: How cold is too cold to ride?

My instructor won't teach or ride when it's less than 27 degrees (fahrenheit) out. So I was just wondering what the cut off temperature is for you, and why (too cold for you? Or too cold for the horse?)

I would personally ride no matter how cold as long as it wasn't dangerous to the horse. For instance, I wouldn't ride for a long time and get them all super sweaty when it was literally freezing cold out.
Clementine is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 44 Old 10-27-2009, 01:59 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 184
• Horses: 1
Its to cold for the horse, when it gets really cold, its harder on the horses expecially with there lungs. I wont ride when its colder then -30 c because its too hard on my horse and well I can be a suck when it comes to the cold. But if it is fairly cold outside you should make sure to give your horse a long warm up and don't work them too hard (Keep it to flat work and not to much cantering)I always have a Quarter sheet on to keep there back warm also.

Hope this helps :)

<3<3 It's just us together as one <3<3
Sketter is offline  
post #3 of 44 Old 10-27-2009, 02:01 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
i dont work them if its under 10F

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #4 of 44 Old 10-27-2009, 02:03 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Hobart, WA
Posts: 31
• Horses: 0
If you use a quarter sheet and cool them out I would say as long as it's above 27 degrees F its ok, but I agree with your trainers. There is no point in putting more wear and tear on a horse's lungs than you have to.

Rachel Fail
Equine Appraisal Services
www.rachelfailappraisal.com
Rachelfailappraisal is offline  
post #5 of 44 Old 10-27-2009, 02:06 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Massachussetts
Posts: 562
• Horses: 1
ive always heard you shouldnt ride under 20 degrees farenheit
heyycutter is offline  
post #6 of 44 Old 10-27-2009, 02:15 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: IA
Posts: 81
• Horses: 3
I like to ride no lower then 15F. No hard work though just walking.

If God brings it to you-God can bring you through it.
Bluelover is offline  
post #7 of 44 Old 10-27-2009, 02:20 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by heyycutter View Post
ive always heard you shouldnt ride under 20 degrees farenheit

haha we would hardly get to ride ! my cut off for light jumping is about 15F. but its also what temperatures the horse is used to. obviously if the horse just moved up from FL i wouldnt do that

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #8 of 44 Old 10-28-2009, 12:27 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 5,455
• Horses: 1
I ride in all weather. Sometimes out of necessity. I don't believe that it is ever too cold to ride. I have had to stop riding when the snow got too deep last winter but that is the only time I have stopped riding over the winter.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
kevinshorses is offline  
post #9 of 44 Old 10-28-2009, 01:06 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: MB, Canada
Posts: 1,462
• Horses: 2
i get cold easily, so usually in the winter, if i think i think i'll freeze ( and i get cold FAST) than i wont go out.
I dont ride to much in the winter and if i do, its not that cold out and i am comfortable with the weather and i onlyyyy do a short walking trail ride or light light work out :)
TwisterRush is offline  
post #10 of 44 Old 10-28-2009, 01:12 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: West Central Wisconsin
Posts: 176
• Horses: 2
Its not always the temps, that get me, But whats under the snow. Here in Wisconsin it gets soooo cold! But I do manage to get out fairly often. But Many times when I thought I could go for a short ride I found ice underneath the snow. So Ride , but be careful.
Deej is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How cold is too cold to ride? Equus_girl Horse Training 15 10-30-2009 12:48 AM
How to provide constant feed in cold winter MyBoyQwiggly Horse Health 14 10-08-2009 05:51 PM
How cold is to cold to ride.... prbygenny Horse Health 29 12-14-2008 06:40 PM
Too Cold to Ride? Stepher Horse Talk 3 11-25-2007 02:26 PM
getting cold?? KANSAS_TWISTER General Off Topic Discussion 13 10-10-2007 05:35 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome