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    06-24-2008, 05:16 PM
For those of you who live where it snows often do you ride during the winter? I'm sure this is dependent on whether you have access to an indoor arena or not, but I am curious how often you get out to ride/spend time with your horse once the snow hits.

I'm more interested in those who don't board at home, but would love input from the lucky souls who have their horses in their backyard too.
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    06-24-2008, 05:20 PM
Green Broke
I don't own a horse, but I didn't go out very often to my trainer's to ride. The biggest reason was because basketball had me busy almost everyday :roll: that and I had a really bad cold the one time I could have ridden..... he rode everyday though, he had to.... there's a little indoor round pen.... hopefully this year I'll be able to ride everyday this winter
    06-24-2008, 11:22 PM
Same as in the summer because those extra cold winter days balance out with those extra hot/buggy/rainy summer days... Well, maybe a bit more in the summer 'cause the days are longer and I backyard.
    06-25-2008, 01:08 AM
I ride all through the winter, of course I have an indoor to take advantage of
    06-25-2008, 04:11 AM
I ride all-year-round, so yes I ride in the winter as well (although it doesn't snow too much here). ;) I also have the convenience of an indoor ring!
    06-25-2008, 11:53 AM
We here in Arkansas don't get a lot of snow. When we do its gone in a day or two. I actually seem to spend more time with the horses in the fall and winter. I don't mind the cold as long as its not bitter. We do more ground work and just hanging out. Plus in the winter we have the horses in the backyard instead of on the pasture.
    06-25-2008, 12:34 PM
I live in Wisconsin, and winters can be very frustrating here. I don't have access to an indoor arena, so I'm completely at the mercy of the weather.
Last winter was horrible, There was always a lot of ice under the snow, and since you couldn't tell where it was, riding was particularly dangerous. The only time it was safe was if we got several inches of the wet packy kind of snow.
So, over a four month period, I was only able to ride a handful of times
Some winters, the ice doesn't seem to be as much of a problem, but it's been bad the last few years.
    06-26-2008, 09:50 AM
In Virginia we have very sporadic snowfall, but what makes it trickier is whether or not you pull shoes.

If you leave shoes on, snow packs terribly "snow balls" on their feet, no chance of riding, turnout is even hard.

But, if you pull shoes, can't always ride where you want to...

Anyways, if I get out once a week I'm happy!!
    06-26-2008, 01:58 PM
We pretty much ride year round unless its bitter cold or there is snow or ice on the ground. I would really love to go for a snow ride but it seems when we get it, its gone fast and then its just mud.
    06-26-2008, 02:52 PM
Green Broke
I ride year round but I don't ride as much in the Winter as a I do in the summer. I hate cold weathers and the horses are frisky at the time and I just can handle it lol

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