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post #1 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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When it's Raining

This area is almost always in need of rain (then again everything is adapted to dry living with this being a pretty desert-like area). However the rain has ruined my plans for the day, including a morning lesson! It's also been responsible for canceling a local show I was hoping on seeing a little of.

So here I am, bored but curious and wondering what others do with their horses when it's raining.

I know some people that ride in light rain and I have no issues with riding in a little drizzle, but then a concern is footing for the horses. Do you ride/drive in the rain, right after it rains, or wait for it to dry?

Some horses stay in pasture year round, some don't. Do you bring your horses in if rains? Is covering a horse in heavy rain ever necessary?

If you have any other comments or advice about raining and horse care/riding, please offer it for someone still learning like me!
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 10:18 AM
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I've ridden in shows in pouring down rain. However, it had previously been a really dry, hot day and the horses appreciated the coolness. If its only going to be a few showers/thunderstorms they stay out. If its going to be a steady rainy day they come in. If it's hot out they seem to appreciate the rain, a few of them just heave a big sigh and stand there with their leg cocked like 'ahhh relief'. Some are wimpy and stand at the gate.
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 10:22 AM
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It's raining here today too. I'll probably go for a ride this afternoon in the rain. I have my NEW oilskin drove coat from MDH that needs to be tested!

My horse right now is out in her paddock that doesn't have any shelter. She was in a paddock that had shelter, but she was out grazing, so I figured she didn't care. When she wants in, she will stand at the gate to tell me. Then I'll move her to where she can have shelter. I never blanket, except in case of illness.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 12:22 PM
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As long as there is no lightning, or severe wind, I ride in the rain. The only time I put blankets on is if it's cold and raining, and then only if I need to. If all the horses are standing hiddled up, they'll be fine, but if one is off by itself, it's usually a shivering mess. I'll bring that one in the barn and dry it, then throw on a waterproof turnout and send the horse back outside.

The only time I keep one inside is if it's sick.
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 12:27 PM
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Unless you board your horse, it's a perfect opportunity to clean the barn cupboards. If you board and have a locker, clean that out, spend some non-instructional fun time with your horse.

If you don't have a barn with cupboards, wash the walls down, spend some time just being another horse with your horse and don't worry about working him

If your horse doesn't have a run-in, do what you're doing now and just ask the question

It's drizzling enough today, that the grass won't dry. No mowing or bushogging that needs done.

The horses got fed, smooched, and turned out; I'm answering your question, then I need to start laundry and run that d**nable vacuum cleaner
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 12:30 PM
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Ooh, cleaning and reorganizing the tack room is a great rainy day activity. I almost forgot what rainy days are like, we've had so few this year.
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!

Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
If your horse doesn't have a run-in, do what you're doing now and just ask the question
No horse of my own yet, but I'm definitely keeping everything everyone has said in mind for future reference (and to search for a boarding place with a indoor/covered arena when I do get a horse... back home it rains quite a bit)!
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 01:52 PM
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I come from the land of Rain; Seattle. We cannot stop doing things just 'cause of rain or we'd never do anything. If the rain is heavy , I dont ride, but light rain is no issue. Shows go on no matter the rain, but we have the kind of footing in the arena that is not affected much. (sand with shredded rubber).

Actually, we have had 49 consequetive days without rain, and today will be 50. near record breaking for this area.
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 02:29 PM
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i let them be unless they are dry and then ill ride in the arena we have its small but works. or just mess with them
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-08-2012, 03:09 PM
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I live in South Western BC, so basically in the same boat as tinyliny. In this area, basically if you don`t ride in the rain, you don`t ride. Unless you have a nice indoor.....that would be lovely....
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