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post #11 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 02:08 PM
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I used to ride with ladies long johns in the winter and warm

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post #12 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 02:17 PM
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Last year I rode all winter as I was showing pretty heavily. Hauled some to an indoor, but mostly rode in my outdoor track. If it was above 35 degrees I rode.

This year, Whiskey is recovering from her sarcoids so no shows to worry about. Ivy is growing so they'll both get a winter vacation, and I'll probably only ride on the nicest days with Whiskey...

I want an indoor - you guys are making me jealous. :)

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post #13 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 02:21 PM
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I just bundle up ! layers and layers. you have to make sure the snow is not ice covered or it could harm your horses legs and make him lame. And you have to make sure there is NOT ice under the snow. me and my gelding at this problem alot last year.
Mostly try and keep it at a slow speed, the snow is a strong tough workout ! And have a good place to cool down :) ( your horse )

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post #14 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 02:25 PM
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There is just something about the intense blue sky , sparkling white snow and a silent gallop though a beautiful evergreen forest that calls to me lol.
Artemisblossom - you make it sound so beautiful!!! I love pictures of sparkling snow and ice and I absolutely adore "christmas" evergreen trees. I might have to go north for a beautiful winter snow ride!

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post #15 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters View Post
If I didn't have an insulated indoor my gang would get winter vacation
I very rarely ride outside when it's snowy, icy or below 40 degrees (I'm a wimp about the cold) but when I do I layer under armour, jeans & hoodie, carhartt coveralls and battery socks.

Surely you don't crash at +40* up here it's -40* when we start wimping out

Well some of us delicate imports are dead a little before that.
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post #16 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 02:43 PM
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Winter Riding

I ride all winter and in Maine that sometimes is COLD. Dress warm and most important remember to keep feet warm as there is nothing worse than dismounting onto frozen feet! I use foot warmers in my boots.

Of course we don't go out if it's freezing rain, or icy as we don't have an indoor arena. You have to be careful of icy ground, and when the snow gets too deep we will stick to the edges of the field, or the ring, which we plow.

Winter is a great time to ride. Enjoy!
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post #17 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 02:45 PM
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Having worked a job that required me to be on horseback up to 8-10 hours a day 365 days a year here in Alberta I learned lots about safe outdoor winter riding.
Dress in layers, nothing worse than getting sweaty then the resulting chill. Keep this in mind for your horse too.
Mitts can be warmer than gloves but more difficult to handle the reins.
Change out your stirrups for wider ones if you can. Then you can safely wear heavier boots. Opt for boots a size or two bigger than your normal and double up wool socks.
Bareback is warmer than a cold saddle.
Snow pads and Borium shoes will help keep your horse safe even on unexpected ice.
Know the ground you are riding on, snow can hide hazards.
Snow with a hard crust can cut your horses legs and also scare your horse as they break through.
Cool your horse down after you ride. Make sure they are as dry as possible, especially if they will be turned back out where they can't find shelter from the wind.
I admit to being more of a fair weather rider now, if it is really cold or windy I have no interest in going for a ride. But sometimes the cattle don't agree and I have to saddle up anyway. We haul to indoor arenas at least once weekly to really work the horses.
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post #18 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
Surely you don't crash at +40* up here it's -40* when we start wimping out

Well some of us delicate imports are dead a little before that.
I hate the cold. If it's below freezing, I start whining. If it weren't for family & the farm my butt would move south!

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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post #19 of 19 Old 10-17-2012, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by QHDragon View Post
Is there anything that can help make an arena safer and more useable in the winter?
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heat..... LMAO !,,,

sorry I'm on a roll here, have I mentioned I dont like the cold ?
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