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        08-20-2012, 12:56 PM
    For me, having lived in Alberta my whole life, riding in the snow is just a part of life. Really cold days I ride bareback. For the horses that have to work cattle all winter I have Borium shoes with snow pads put on for the winter months, the same shoes can get used for a few years. It is just a safety measure against ice. I tuck my bridles into my jacket as I saddle up to warm the bits. Only other advice is to know the footing under the snow. What can look nice and level can have hazards hidden under the snow. As a teenager goofing around with a friend, we managed to sink two horses into chest deep snow. The creekbed had drifted over level and we realized too late how deep the snow was.
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        08-20-2012, 01:04 PM
    Whoa did they get out?
        08-20-2012, 01:11 PM
    Holy cow waresbear how deep is the snow by that horse? Looks like its up to his head? Maybe just the angel... Doesn't look that deep by the fence.
        08-20-2012, 02:25 PM
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    Originally Posted by supertimfly    
    yes riding in snow is very cool!but I want take good care my horse ,he is my best friends
    can you elaborate on just what you are saying, because your "but" sure seems to imply that riding in the snow is somehow not "taking good care" of one's horse or that those who do ride in the snow do not care for their horse as much as you do and I would hate to respond to that if that is not what you are saying.....
        08-20-2012, 04:14 PM

    Yes to riding in the snow.
    I quite like riding in the snow, as long as I'm not freezing my butt off. This past winter, I was riding out into January, as long as its hovering around -10 celsius, I'm game to go out. I stick to going around fields where it's flat and I can count on the footing. Nice slow rocking horse canter in the snow, one of the best things ever!
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        08-20-2012, 04:36 PM
    (and, yes, these pictures actually show what qualifies as "a lot" of snow in my part of the country LOL) are so lucky! Last winter was very mild and we still got more than that a few times.

    Yep, I have ridden in the snow before. This was mainly when I was still riding with a woman who didn't have an indoor. I would have thermal tights under my breeches, a huge coat, and I would still be just about numb at the end of my lesson. When I got winter boots it helped a lot, but I still wasn't warm or anywhere close lol. Sometimes the wind would pick up and all you could see is white. And of course she didn't have any trees and I rode late at night, so it was pretty cold.

    Riding in the snow is fun...freezing in the snow is not so fun.
        08-20-2012, 06:05 PM
    I usually always rode bareback in the winter... both because it's MUCH warmer and not so annoying to try to tighten the cinch with all that extra FUR.
        08-20-2012, 06:09 PM
    I wish! Coastal living has itsbenefits (riding on beach, cool weather) but there's no snow! Know lots of people who do ride in snow though.
        08-20-2012, 06:14 PM
    I have a heated indoor at the stable I board at (thank goodness!) but I still like going outside for hacks year round, and riding in the snow is a great way to do some conditioning!
    For my horse who is clipped and shod all the way around I have him corked with borium tipped studs, snow pads and a quarter sheet on him for our hacks in the winter. The borium gives him great traction, even on hard-packed snow and ice and the rubber "rim" pads keep balls from forming in his feet. I also make sure to go only where I know there are no holes as the snow can hide them.
        08-20-2012, 06:26 PM
    Like others from Alberta, I also ride in the snow. If we didn't, we wouldn't ride for nearly 6 months of the year. That said, I do love riding in then snow, especially bareback. The horses seem to enjoy it too.

    As others have mentioned, you do have to know what the footing is like. Snowdrifts can be surprisingly deep, and ice under a layer of snow is very slippery. Also, watch for the crust on the snow. I've ridden in conditions where the crust was so hard and sharp, it can cause minor abrasions on the horses legs. The snow balls up in their feet if is wet. We simply clean out the horses hooves before and after. I also use a bit warmer, or ride in a bitless bridle in winter. Horses do tend to sweat much more in winter due to their thick winter coats. We either use a fleece cooler to help them dry and keep them warm, or blow dry them before turning the horses out again after riding. I also don't ride when it is really cold ( below -20 Celsius). Not only is it uncomfortable for me, but I also worry about the horse working hard and bringing cold air into their lungs.

    Riding in the snow is a great way to keep you and your horse fit over the winter. Riding bareback and bridle less also help develop the riders seat and the horses response to more subtle aids.

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