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post #631 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 01:34 PM
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I agree with you poppy! It gets so beastly cold here that frost bite is inevitable and riding is almost impossible. Have you ever taken a hot thermos with you to drink hot broth or tea or something on a ride? I wonder how well that would work out...

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post #632 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 01:35 PM
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Probably with it all over me haha. I'm sure Lizzy would know I had hot liquid and she would insist on me wearing it.
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post #633 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 02:21 PM
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I just do short rides during the winter;ride the mile to the mailbox,jog down to the highway and back,that kind of thing. I generally go bareback,that way at least my legs stay warm,lol. And I bundle all up in my heavy chore overalls and umpteen layers,I usually stay pretty toasty except for my hands and sometimes my feet.Although I do have these jiggy insulated winter riding boots.
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post #634 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 02:40 PM
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I mostly go with what Snickers wants during winter. Sometimes he prefers slow walks, but sometimes he is full of energy and insists on fast gaits, even if I would have chosen something slower. But hey, if he feels fine to do it, why should I resist. He lives 24/7 outside, all the same, and can canter and gallop along the pastures as much as he wants - carrying me for a while during that doesn't change much, I suppose.

And I LOVE riding bareback in winter - Snickers is so warm and fuzzy, and helps me keep myself comfortable, if it is really chilly.

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post #635 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 02:44 PM
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Oh I can't wait til winter. I got Lizzy this January and she was still thin, weak, and untrained so I couldn't ride until April. I can't wait for bareback in the winter. And I've never had the chance to ride through snow :( I know it's incredibly sad, but I only rode during lessons growing up and snow=danger.

Ps - Countryryder I love that pic, your horse is quite adorable.
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post #636 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 02:50 PM
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I love riding in the snow! There's nothing funner than cantering/galloping down a dirt road after a fresh dump of snow! You do have to be careful because of ice though..

And thanks :)
That's Savana,she's a cutie,but a real fireball!
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post #637 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 03:25 PM
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In winter I'll have to stick to riding down well-known paths and trails, no wandering off in the wilderness... That's because our forest used to be in the war zone during WW2, and it is full of entrenchments and mine explosion pits - if they get covered woth snow, horses can have nasty falls there...

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post #638 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 03:35 PM
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Ah yes, ice is the downfall for just about anyone.

Saranda - that would be really kinda neat to explore when there isn't snow, but yes I can see how that would be a terrible idea during winter.
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post #639 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 03:41 PM
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That would be really neat to explore,once the snow is off the ground,of course.
I'm a bit of a military history buff..
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post #640 of 3149 Old 07-18-2012, 04:13 PM
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I love exploring those sites, but we have to be careful - there is a risk of unexploded mines in there, and also some illegal diggers dig for war artifacts there and leave shattered glass and other stuff around the pits.

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