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post #1 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Question does anyone here ride in the cold?

Where I live it has never gotten over 0 for the past 2 weeks. And with the wind chill it is even worse. So I was wondering if there is a temp that it is just too cold to ride your horse. I would be riding in an outdoor arena, with nothing to stop the wind. Its probably about -7 to -10 right now (with the wind chill) . Is it too cold for the horses? when I mean ride I mean lunging, walk trot canter, and some jumps. Is it too cold for that?

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post #2 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 07:18 PM
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today i decided last minute to stay home from the barn because with the wind chill it is about -26 (-20 without). the temps you are describing (even with wind factored in) are downright balmy compared to here! lol. i'd be overjoyed to get just one day 'warm' like that so i could have a decent time at the barn instead of a quick 'here's a carrot, now lets make sure you don't have ice balls in your feet, ok, bye, see you tomorrow' visit.

i would ride if i were you, but i wouldn't ride too hard or get my horse past a light sweat if they aren't used to being worked in cooler weather. remember to cool them out well and ensure they are fully dry before putting them back in stall or pasture after.

as for jumping, i would hold off until the weather is nicer. not sure if the ground freezes in the winter where you are (BC is a big province, you don't say what area you are in), but i know i wouldn't want to jump my horse on frozen ground, even if it was good footing and dry.
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post #3 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 07:29 PM
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Where I live it's about the same temperature. I ride almost every day, but I keep the work light. Running horses in cold air can be hard on their lungs, but if they are in good condition, walking and trotting, maybe a little cantering is fine for them. I like to go into it with the mindset of doing lots of brain work instead of body work. The way I see it, even if you just end up walking them around when it's super cold, they'll get warmed up a bit instead of standing around in the cold all day.
That said, I ride in an indoor arena, so I get to stay a bit warmer because there's not any wind. Very admirable for you to ride outside in this weather. Bundle up warm and good luck!
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post #4 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 07:44 PM
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Quick question: Are we talking Fahrenheit or Celsius?

The other day it was about 8*F here (-13*C) with a wind chill of about -3*F (-19*C) and I went for a ride w/t/c. Only reason I stopped was because I was freezing but Rafe was no worse for wear.




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post #5 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 08:38 PM
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Canada, smrobs. Celsius.
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post #6 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 08:40 PM
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That's kinda what I figured, but I wanted to be sure because I thought Canada was supposed to be colder than Texas LOL .

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post #7 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 08:49 PM
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not in some areas of British Columbia, lol. i am very jealous of their winter weather. i'll take rain over snow and cold any day!
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post #8 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 09:45 PM
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i'll take rain over snow and cold any day!
No, I think you wouldn't

Rain = Mud

Speaking as someone who has come from the Kingdom of Rain, I can say hand on heart that keeping horses and dogs here in darn-cold Alberta is easier than keeping them in soggy boggy mudsville.
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post #9 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 09:55 PM
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my barn doesn't get horribly muddy even after big heavy rains. pretty much just the areas around the waterers get boggy. arena drains pretty good and after a day or two the only area that might still be a bit 'soggy' is the far low end.

at least with rain you can still ride. You are close to me rosie, so you know how ice covered everything is right now! no riding at all since that big thaw in january :(

i am sticking by my statement of rain over snow and cold! lol.
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post #10 of 29 Old 02-08-2014, 09:58 PM
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Anything colder than -15C and I don't ride. The horses are fine to go, but I freeze up.

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