Riding after rain?
I know this may sound like a dumb question, but this is my first horse and I've always ridden in a bluestone ring at my instructor's place and follow her lead as to whether or not it's too wet to ride. We had some rain Sat. night and yesterday I went to my barn to ride. It was nice and sunny out, in the 50's and our ring is all-weather sand footing but still had a few little puddly areas in old horse footprints :) I rode some in the ring, just w/t and was going to work in the field/fenceline area (our old trouble spots!) but on the way there, walking in the grass, I could hear "sloshy" sounds when my horse stepped...slosh...slosh. Since alot of our work out there is one-rein stops and yielding hindquarters, I made the decision to turn back and not ride in the wet grass. Am I being a "weenie?" I just thought it would be slick and erred on the side of caution as I was alone and no one else was out at the barn. My guy is barefoot if that makes a difference. Today is my lesson and it should be well dried out by noon and I'll ask my instructor but would love to hear how you all assess conditions on whether or not to ride. Thanks! :)