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    01-21-2012, 05:11 PM
Training in the snow

So it's finally winter here, we got a ton of snow and it's not to cold. I was planning on purchasing a project horse in the future and I have my sights set on some pretty specific guidelines. I ride my 12 year old QH pretty moderately in the snow, it's about 16in deep and I have not had any issues. When looking for my project horse previously I always wanted to buy in the spring, first reason I can save hay by feeding grass and I have an outdoor pen to ride in. However around here horses are much cheaper in the fall so my question is it safe to break and train a young horse in the snow? By purchasing just before winter I would have the 4 months of winter to train and then hit the sping shows in April or May and then sell in June.
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    01-21-2012, 06:10 PM
As long as you are careful about the footing you are in (ice, clumpy snow, etc) you should be fine...

I used to train a friend's horses each spring. I liked doing those first few rides when there was still snow on the ground in case they went bronc on me (none ever did, but atleast there was a cushion if they had...LOL!!!).

The advantage to the snow will also mean they have to learn from the start to pay attention to where their feet are going.

It will really come down to your preference will probably get alot of different opinions.
    01-21-2012, 07:00 PM
I did train a horse in the winter once. A Peruvian Paso, her owner purchased her in the fall and wanted her for summer riding the following year. So I started her in January. Worst part about that was she sweat like crazy & was kept blanketed & outdoors. I would put in an hour or so on her, then spend another hour drying her off.
    01-22-2012, 03:55 AM
Other than some of the obvious hassles and inconveniences that you wouldn't have with warmer weather its just fine to do. I just broke a mustang mare for myself over the winter. Wanted her ready for the spring and summer riding. Plus if you get a project horse now and start it you'll be that much further ahead by summer which will bring more money so why not?
    01-22-2012, 10:40 PM
Great to hear! I guess this spring I will be buying some more hay.

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