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post #1 of 17 Old 12-14-2010, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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How do you keep motivated in winter?

I'm curious how you keep yourself motivated in the winter to ride?

I have an indoor arena, but it's not insulated or anything and half the time it's colder in there than it is outside (excpet for the wind). I have 4 horses I need to be riding everyday, after being outside for a few hours my toes are frozen and I can't feel my hands and all I want to do is come back inside not ride another two horses.
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-14-2010, 09:21 AM
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Can you invest in winter riding clothing?

I have a fantabulous pair of Winter Riding Goves made by "Kerrits" and they keep my hands toasty warm!

I know you ride Western, can you get a pair of Mountain Horse RimFrost Paddock Boots? There are a few at my barn who wear those over the winter with their winter 1/2 chaps *I personally have the tall boots, but you ride western so I mentioned the paddock boots*

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I keep myself motivated by reminding myself that the season starts in May. To be honest, I don't ride much in December or January. Maybe once or twice a week if that but when Feb comes, I'm out as often as I can.

Over the Winter, I do have a lesson once a week, and I have to get myself out to the barn when it is warmer *in the +, not the -* lol - because it isn't fair for my 21 year old to have to work hard in a lesson, without being worked prior to it...and he does better when he is worked more than once a week -

So, keeping the 1st HT of the season in mind keeps me motivated, and keeping my 21 year old in decnent shape/condition keeps me motivated. I cannot slack on that, because it isn't fair for him.

That's how I stay motivated - but again, I give him time off in the colder months *like right now, it is in the -'s* and I wont ride him in this cold of weather. I just leave him be in his winter clothing, infront of his round bale with his buddies.

I do have to say though - that when you dress appropriately for the weather, it does make it manageable. At Walmart and at TSC they sell Jeans with Fleece lined in them - I bought a pair a while back when I was a Working Student, and had to work in these cold winter temps, and they helped. Maybe a pair of those would help?

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post #3 of 17 Old 12-14-2010, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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I wear nylons, 2 pairs of socks, leggings, jeans, coveralls, fleece jacket, carhart, hat, and leahter gloves. I have winter boots but I haven't worn those outside yet. I still get cold. I normally don't ride much during this time either, but my barn decided to have shows through winter. A saddle series at that, I'm holding the most points right now to win the saddle. So that should be my motivation from now on. And I want to start showing my colt in real classes in march so that's my other motivation. I'm thinking though that I can lunge some of my horses every other day instead of riding, except the colt. The other 3 are all finished barrel horses that just need to stay in shape.
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post #4 of 17 Old 12-14-2010, 05:48 PM
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I keep myself motivated by reminding myself that the season starts in May.

Lucky my show season starts the first weekend in april sometimes the end of march so I have to keep my boy in shape pretty much all winter. I mostly just ride bareback though it's a lot warmer. To keep me motivated I just make up my mind and say I'm riding today whether I like it or not. And then I just layer up(heavily) and go do it.

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post #5 of 17 Old 12-15-2010, 03:25 AM
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I show year round so I force myself to go out and practice. I ride when the sun is at it's warmest, but the winds has been crazy strong recently and we don't have an indoor.

One of the woman at the barn bought these things Coveralls for Women, Womens Coveralls - Summer and Winter Insulated Coveralls for Women - Jumpsuits, Overalls for Women - BodyCovers and I'm kind of tempted to buy myself a pair as well. I'd wear them to ride and then over my show clothes for those nice 3 am wake ups.
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post #6 of 17 Old 12-15-2010, 04:36 PM
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I don't. My horses get a very long vacation.

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I don't have an indoor, but the motivation I have is that 1) I'll have to bring them back into shape very slowly after 2-3 months of "vacation time" and build all those muscles they need, and 2) I'll have to refresh everything with them (as my paint tends to forget everything very fast).

Unfortunately with the weather as it goes right now (wind, snow, wind, wind, snow, rain) I'm truly afraid I'll have to stop soon.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-15-2010, 08:35 PM
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I show year round so I force myself to go out and practice. I ride when the sun is at it's warmest, but the winds has been crazy strong recently and we don't have an indoor.
Lol, Superman! I just noticed you are in MD too... Yeah, I havn't been on horse since last Sat just because of that horrible wind.

May I ask where in MD are you?
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I just go, I can warm up later I just go
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-15-2010, 08:45 PM
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Lol, Superman! I just noticed you are in MD too... Yeah, I havn't been on horse since last Sat just because of that horrible wind.

May I ask where in MD are you?
I know, for the past week or so all I've been able to do is groom. And I'm in finals week at school so I've been walking across the Maryland campus in it. Not fun.

We're in the super residential part of Potomac, MD. It's like 5 minutes from Potomac Horse Center, if you know where that is.
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