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    10-27-2009, 02:25 AM
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.
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    10-27-2009, 12:59 PM
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 :)
    10-27-2009, 01:01 PM
I don't work them if its under 10F
    10-27-2009, 01:03 PM
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.
    10-27-2009, 01:06 PM
Ive always heard you shouldnt ride under 20 degrees farenheit
    10-27-2009, 01:15 PM
I like to ride no lower then 15F. No hard work though just walking.
    10-27-2009, 01:20 PM
Originally Posted by heyycutter    
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
    10-27-2009, 11:27 PM
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.
    10-28-2009, 12:06 AM
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 don't 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 :)
    10-28-2009, 12:12 AM
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.

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