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    11-06-2010, 11:44 PM
  #1
Foal
Talking Winter Riding

As cold weather and holidays soon approaching, you can't help but get excited about upcoming events. Family, friends. PRESENTS...(haha but mostly family and friends). But one of the biggest burdens of the Holiday season (besides the chilly weather...) is the bad weather that stops you from riding.

So I wanna know...what do you guys do to still ride and spend time with your horses.

And while I'm on the subject, who is not loving the fuzziness of the horses when it comes to cold weather!? Haha.
     
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    11-07-2010, 12:00 AM
  #2
Yearling
Our barn has an indoor arena so we can ride in there, but I must say being 'spoiled' with indoor arenas for the past two years really make me miss winter trail rides. Last year I attempted to go on a trail ride in the snow and a few guys on snow mobiles almost ran into Starlite and I I thought I only had to worry about being shot by a hunter...shesh.

Indoor arena and all, we don't ride alot in winter and when I do it's usually a 5 minute bareback ride. I mostly groom and lunge in winter.

Starlite, for the first time since I've had her (boarding conditions forced me to blanket her the first year - I did last year just because), she is finally growing a winter coat. I'm SO excited, everyday I rub her belly and go "ooooh FUZZY WUZZY WUZ A BEAR!" I can't WAIT until she has a full winter coat. I bet in spring I'm going to say "da*n why didn't I blanket her?!" LOL
     
    11-07-2010, 12:21 AM
  #3
Trained
Cold weather is supposed to stop me from riding?? I love dashing throw the snow on my 16.2 snow plow. He's such a goof in the snow, it's a riot. I have an indoor this year, but we'll still be outside if the ground isn't frozen solid. Now the extra energy (noted by bucking, bolting, snorting and prancing around like the stud of the universe) that seems to come with the cold weather, that's another story.
     
    11-07-2010, 01:05 AM
  #4
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My horse is an idiot if we go more than a day without riding. Plus he hates the cold as do I...

I wear silky long underwear under winter breeches & think socks, tall insulated boots, several layers of shirts & flexable jacket, a scarf, insulated gloves & then some hot chocolate by the fire when I am done!!!
     
    11-07-2010, 12:53 PM
  #5
Foal
AnitaAnne, that sounds like the perfect warm ride.
Especially with the hot chocolate after! Maybe I'll take Molly to an indoor arena a couple of times so I can get some good practice in for some spring shows. I'll have to see. Where I live the weather conditions can be dangerous for riding! Wind, blowing things around that can spook. Ice, easy to slip on. Let's hope for a nice short winter!
     
    11-07-2010, 03:39 PM
  #6
Foal
I love riding in the winter.. I hardly ever ride in a saddle during the winter.. My horses are a RIOT in the winter.. Crow hopping in the snow, bucking (not bad, they're just having fun!).. and the best part is.. if you fall off.. it's actually a ton of fun! (as long as there is alot of snow) lol
     
    11-07-2010, 03:44 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
My horse is an idiot if we go more than a day without riding. Plus he hates the cold as do I...

I wear silky long underwear under winter breeches & think socks, tall insulated boots, several layers of shirts & flexable jacket, a scarf, insulated gloves & then some hot chocolate by the fire when I am done!!!
Does Winter breeches really keep you warm enough? I normally ride in Long underwear with jeans but it's never warm enough! Lol
     
    11-07-2010, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Sullivan17    
Does Winter breeches really keep you warm enough? I normally ride in Long underwear with jeans but it's never warm enough! Lol
I found the jeans to be colder than the breeches! I use those ones that are like sweatpants, they do seem to cut out the wind easier! If really cold & I just have to ride, I will pull a pair of sweatpants over the rest...my friends tease me because I bundle up so much

My horse doesn't care about the wind, fortunately, but I hate it!!

I want to try one of those quarter sheets to go over my legs & his butt. He is a baby about the cold & can really be forward!! Makes for some exciting rides
     
    11-07-2010, 08:08 PM
  #9
Weanling
I always ride for the winter! I have some under armour gear for on top, and a carhartt coat lined with sherpa :) That combo keeps my top warm. I usually just wear running spandex underneath regular breeches...my legs don't get cold easy. For my feet (which get cold VERY easy) I have ski socks and lined Mountain Horse boots. The boots do wonders...although I do get cold eventually. Always wear gloves in the winter, and sometimes a neck warmer if it's really cold! I live in Maine and was able to ride in -20 degree weather last year for 3 hours with the clothing I listed above and, although my hands, face, and feet were frozen by the end...the rest of me wasn't cold and it was fun =P

I love riding bareback in the winter too, horses have amazing body heat!
     
    11-07-2010, 08:21 PM
  #10
Weanling
I guess so that nobody thinks I'm completely crazy, I should add that the temp that day last winter was more like 0 but it was -20 when including wind chill.
     

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