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    08-19-2012, 11:50 PM
Green Broke
I think a big part of it for me is the stillness/quiet that comes with snow - even without riding being factored in, there is just a special peacefulness that I feel when I step outside on a snowy day -- add in being on a horse and it's even better!
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    08-19-2012, 11:54 PM
Originally Posted by GracielaGata    
Can I hijack slightly, and ask for those of us who aren't super familiar with snow riding- is there anything we need to know?
We just moved from coastal SC to Spokane, WA, so this will be my 1st winter with a horse and snow. :) My trainer had mentioned Pam spraying the feet prior to riding, if I am remembering correctly, as it helps ot prevent snow and ice build up in their feet.
Any other tips and tricks?

(and thanks for the hijack, hope you didn't mind!)
Typically we pulled shoes off during the winter so the snow doesn't ball up. If you NEED shoes then we used frost nails or borium(sp) shoes for traction and were extremely mindfull and picked the snow and ice out at least once a day.
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    08-20-2012, 12:08 AM
My question is...Who doesn't?? Haha, I always found riding in the snow fun. Even though I have a indoor arena, I always love to ride outside.

The only time I ride in the indoor is

1. Its raining (like if its pouring).
2. A blizzard
3. Its too muddy out
4. Too cold and windy
5. Too icy

Other than that I ride in the outdoor arena.
    08-20-2012, 12:14 AM
I love rodeoing in snow. It may be miserable but I love it.

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    08-20-2012, 12:30 AM
I really enjoy riding in the snow, but we don't often get enough to really qualify. We normally end up with a flurry or 2 that does nothing more than drift into nasty brown drifts and leaves the rest of the ground looking no different than it did before.

When we do actually get some though, I really enjoy taking a bareback gallop through the deeper parts (and, yes, these pictures actually show what qualifies as "a lot" of snow in my part of the country LOL)

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    08-20-2012, 12:38 AM
I not only love to ride in the snow, especially in the trails, but we pull sleds too!

    08-20-2012, 11:17 AM
I live in Northern WI and we don't have any sort of riding arena (indoor OR outdoor) so riding in the snow was my only option.

My biggest caution would be to watch out for ice.

Additionally, with a horse that has a really thick winter coat, saddle and bridle fit might be a bit different.

My favorite thing about riding in the snow? A softer landing.
    08-20-2012, 11:37 AM
Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Typically we pulled shoes off during the winter so the snow doesn't ball up. If you NEED shoes then we used frost nails or borium(sp) shoes for traction and were extremely mindfull and picked the snow and ice out at least once a day.
No shoes here, so no worries on that one! I think she had said that the Pam spray helps to also keep snow from balling up on their legs too- picture that poodle with the snow balls all over it!

Originally Posted by Mochachino    
I not only love to ride in the snow, especially in the trails, but we pull sleds too!
This would be awesome! Is there any specific training needed to teach a horse this?! Best on flat surfaces or uphill only, I assume, right? And I imagine you really need to be sure the sled doesn't come up on the feet of the horse, or the sledder will get stepped on.
We have some awesome sled hills behind our house (okay- EVERYTHING around our house is massive sledding! Lol) We are still trying to figure out how we can train my horse to wait for us at the bottom of the hill, then ride her back up, sled down again, and get her to have somehow gone back down to fetch us.... will let you know if I ever figure it out! Lol

    08-20-2012, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
Smrobs.. I get about as much snow as you.. I WISH I would get more.. and actually ride in the snow istead of next to drifts.. lol.. I hoping for a HORRIBLE snow season.. WITH LOTS OF SNOW haha.. would help the drought come next spring!
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    08-20-2012, 12:26 PM
I think it depends on the temperature, not just the snow - seems to me like the snow only balls in their feet when it's close to thawing. If it's REALLY cold, I haven't noticed it being as much of a problem.

Be very careful when bridling a horse in the winter - if the bridle has sat outside for a while (or is stored outside) the bit will be VERY cold. Make sure you warm it up in your hands before putting it in your horse's mouth. Or, if you can ride with a halter or hackamore - I switch to a rope halter for most of the winter months just because then I don't have to worry about the cold bit.

Be a little cautious of how hard you work your horses when it's really cold outside - if they're very sweaty, then they can easily get chilled, but a good cool-down walk and brush should help.

Riding bareback in the winter is so much fun! It's a lot warmer, plus if you fall landing in snow is a lot softer than dirt!

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