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        07-31-2012, 06:01 PM
      #1021
    Foal
    Cowgirl, North Face is very popular. I agree with all of you, riding in the winter is great, except when you really have to bundle up. I found a long time ago, that the best thing to do is invest in under armour. I used to wear a long sleeved UA shirt, a flannel, and my carhart coat (which I don't have anymore) and be nice and warm. But that was at the farm where my parents live in Indiana, doesn't get as cold there. It's the wind that gets to you worse than anything.

    I do remember riding the haffies bareback through the snow covered corn field though.

    Speaking of haffies, any of you draft people ever have problems with your horses "blowing up" when you tighten thie girth only to relax later and have the saddle be loose? Dad's mares used to do that all the time. I always wondered if it was a horse thing, or a breed thing. I'm pretty sure they did it just to try and make me fall off.
         
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        07-31-2012, 06:05 PM
      #1022
    Weanling
    Almost all of my horses have done that, WIRider! Even my new girl, though she doesn't do it as badly as my last horse. What I do is put on the saddle, tighten the girth as much as I can, then bridle, tighten again, walk the horse around for a minute or so, and tighten again. That usually does it. Though sometimes I get on and ride for little bit and then tighten one last time.
         
        07-31-2012, 06:14 PM
      #1023
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Failbhe    
    Almost all of my horses have done that, WIRider! Even my new girl, though she doesn't do it as badly as my last horse. What I do is put on the saddle, tighten the girth as much as I can, then bridle, tighten again, walk the horse around for a minute or so, and tighten again. That usually does it. Though sometimes I get on and ride for little bit and then tighten one last time.
    I got in the habit of doing the same thing after I was riding one and the saddle spun around under her at a canter through a corn field. Luckily it was winter and the snow was soft.
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        07-31-2012, 06:24 PM
      #1024
    Green Broke
    My welsh pony is an air sucker! He takes a big deep breath and holds it until we finish tightening the girth. Silly boy. My paintxdraft gelding, however, doesn't.
         
        07-31-2012, 07:23 PM
      #1025
    Yearling
    I think it depends on the horse. Most horses actually need their girths to be tightened after a few minutes of riding just because they get more loose and pass a little gas and need it tightened.

    Yes I wear under armor cold gear as a 2nd layer during the winter. It goes camisol, UA, long sleeved tight sweater, jacket 1, then snow jacket lol and on the bottom it goes UA cold gear pants, long johns, then some thick winter breeches!
         
        08-01-2012, 12:23 AM
      #1026
    Weanling
    I have a cousin works for under armor so I get a lot of stuff for cheap from her. It's a life saver for winter riding. I can't stand the bulk of jackets and snow pants so I'm usually in 3 shirts, under armor pants under jeans, and 4 pairs of socks.
         
        08-01-2012, 06:12 AM
      #1027
    Super Moderator
    I'm preparing for the colder months, too. Going to order a winter riding coat, insulated PVC autumn boots and thermal winter riding boots from Germany in September. Gotta keep warm! :)

    Aaand, I found I place where sulky carriages can be ordered for rather reasonable prices, so I will start stashing up my cash for one in winter, and, hopefully, will be able to buy one before the next fall! Yay! :) One comes for ~ 600$, is this considered expensive where you live? And about ~250$ for a harness.

    I yesterday rode bareback and, when I asked for a canter, Snickers bursted out in a very powerful stride, I was pleasantly surprised for this energy! A barnmate who was training with her horse in the arena at the time, spooked, because she thought that he was bolting away with me, but that was not the case - I transitioned him down to trot in a matter of a couple of strides with seat alone, as I had decided to ride completely tackless. However, I had planned just an easy hack, so I didn't ask for anything more than trot after that.

    And, as for groundwork, we've hit a rocky bottom lately.. I think I've pushed him too hard and made him sour, so I have no stepped back a few steps and working on his comfort and relaxation. Makes me think that maybe we're not that ready for the horse fair after all - I wouldn't want to make a bad first impression with a sour horse that nips against pressure. :/
         
        08-01-2012, 06:23 AM
      #1028
    Showing
    Yeah don't overdue either the groundwork or the riding. Variety.. little and often.. is good :)
         
        08-01-2012, 06:28 AM
      #1029
    Super Moderator
    He usually enjoys groundwork, but it seems that I asked for too much too fast, and in a way-too-loud and dominant manner at times. Well, you can't learn flying without falling at times... I'm lucky that he's so intelligent, willing and forgiving, and our last groundwork session was rather nice - just sticking to the basics, keeping everything short and sweet, and doing things we both enjoy.
         
        08-01-2012, 06:31 AM
      #1030
    Showing
    I miss ground work with Sky. Heck I miss everything about Sky.

    I'm an entirely different person without him =/
         

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