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        11-04-2010, 07:11 PM
    Green Broke
    Late Spring. I absolutely detest winter; horses are impossible to groom when it's their dirtiest season, you and the horse get shocked if you pet them long enough, it's freezing, hauling water, mucking stalls, it gets dark early. Just blah.
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        11-04-2010, 08:10 PM
    I love Winter in general, but maybe not with horses... especially since I don't have my horse on my own property. We don't get snow very often, but we do get ice. I can't even get TO the barn if either is on the ground! (this city goes into a blind panic if we get a quarter of an inch of snow!!) BUT, if I had my horse on my own property and in a place that got good snow, you better believe I'd have myself a sleigh and be playing with my horse the whole winter through!!

    As it is, we have rain 9 months of the year,.. and, well, the short Summer we get is often too darned hot to ride (I HATE HATE HATE the heat!)
    So.... it's really hard to say what time of year is "best" with my horse.
    Perhaps late "Spring" and early "Fall"

    *note: our official seasons are: "wet" "cold and wet" "really wet" and "road construction"
        11-04-2010, 08:39 PM
    I love this time of year- late fall/early winter. Here in Florida the summers are just dreadful, with highs of over 100F being common, plus anywhere between 70-90% humidity. The other extreme, for us at least, is about 40F- too cold for me!

    This weekend we're supposed to have highs of 65F; I can't wait, it's going to be so nice to be able to walk on my horse without sweating buckets :).
        11-04-2010, 08:55 PM
    Green Broke
    ^ I'm in Alabama, so I feel your pain about the intense humidity. But I prefer that over the cold. It was in the 50s this afternoon while I was at the barn and I froze.
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        11-04-2010, 09:03 PM
    Definitely late fall, early winter. For riding, at least. Chores are MUCH easier in summer, but I hate getting so warm in summer when it's mid 90s and the horses are dying just standing there. I do like the showing aspect of summer though.

    Sunny, mmpgrumpy, try having it be -10, -20 in winter! Trust me, water absolutely SUCKS in winter. Luckily our outdoor tanks have heaters, but the water buckets inside you have to hammer them (literally, with a hammer) to break the ice.

    That being said, there's nothing like staying warm by riding bareback with your horse. :)
        11-04-2010, 09:14 PM
    Green Broke
    ^ It doesn't get that cold, but it still gets in the teens here, so trust me, I know how bad it sucks to hammer ice. Last year I nearly broke a toe when a huge chunk of ice fell out of a bucket and on to my toe.
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        11-04-2010, 09:41 PM
    Green Broke
    Early fall on... Less bugs!
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        11-04-2010, 09:52 PM

    Spring/summer/fall. I like riding late at night during the summers and going on camping trail rides but I love the weather and colors in spring and fall. Perfect weather for riding not too humid(as Wisoncins gets in summer)and not too windy/snowy/sleety/icy/etc(as winters are). I've never found joy in riding in below zero tempertures with snow covering your tracks as quickly as you can make them.
        11-04-2010, 10:29 PM
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    Fall! Fall! Fall! The glorious fall! The colors, the whisper of falling leaves, Canada Geese calling, wet and musky trails, furry horses and the slanting golden light. Too sweet for words, not that that stopped me.
    50's cold? OMG that's pleasant temps. However, I would die in your heat, just up and melt.
        11-04-2010, 10:51 PM
    Fall and winter, cause spring and summer is extremely hot! And I love the cold. But it rarely snows here in Mississippi so...

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