07-18-2012, 03:40 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.