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        03-15-2009, 09:53 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
    Wow you girls are tough! I'm in BC and after November the horse's don;t get ridden at all till spring!
    I couldn't imagine that. I would go crazy. Winter is the best time to train cause if you get bucked off its usually into a pile of snow lol. And we always pull sleds behind the horses its so fun.... until its -40C then it sucks lol.
         
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        03-15-2009, 10:42 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by manatee    
    I couldn't imagine that. I would go crazy. Winter is the best time to train cause if you get bucked off its usually into a pile of snow lol. And we always pull sleds behind the horses its so fun.... until its -40C then it sucks lol.

    That is so true! I love winter for riding horses that I'm more likely to fall off of, 'cus they aren't trained fully. I'd much rather land in 3 feet of snow than on hard ground with possible rocks around lol. But below -30 is too cold for me! And the poor horses - I think everyone just tries to survive in those kind of temps!
         
        10-29-2009, 08:31 AM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
    Wow you girls are tough! I'm in BC and after November the horse's don;t get ridden at all till spring!
    Woah! Serious? What about competitions and stuff?
         
        10-29-2009, 09:28 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I used to ride outdoor all last winter regardless of temperature and weather conditions (unless its hail because that hurts). I think as long as you work the horse accordingly to the temperature it should be fine. I always ride with a quarter sheet and exercise boots when outside, especially if its snowing. The temp may not be that cold but if they get wet, they'll feel it.
         
        10-29-2009, 08:40 PM
      #15
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    To me winter is the best time to ride. I ride regardless of the weather. If it is really cold I leave his blanket on and put the saddle overtop. I run snowmobile trails and with proper shoing you can run even ice.
    I use to worry about his breathing but the local vet college assured me that the horses wind track is long enough that the freezing air will not burn his lungs. But regardless if it is around -18C I keep the pace down to keep him from breathing too hard.
    In the extreme winds I ride down into the swamp where the high banks protect me from them
         
        10-29-2009, 11:48 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Do you have a wool cooler? These are fabulous to use when you are working a horse in the winter. They wick the moisture away from their bodies and you can feel it on the outside of the cooler. You use it when you are cooling out and untacking - they speed up the drying process for a horse who has sweated.

    As far as temperature - just be sensible. Have ample warm-up time and cool them out. I always warm up a bit in my hand or in my coat before I pop it into their mouths. Also, I don't leave the barn until my horse is dry.

    Ride on and stay warm - after all, that is why they made silk long-johns! :)
         

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