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post #1 of 13 Old 09-23-2008, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Is it dangerous...?

To jump your horse when there is snow on the ground? Some people told me it is and some people still do it all the time so what do you think?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-25-2008, 02:31 PM
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..use common sense.

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-25-2008, 02:57 PM
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^M2G, please be respectful. ;) Just saying; it is a good question though.
I personally wouldn't take the risk.

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-25-2008, 07:27 PM
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I live in Ontario and we usually get a ton of snow.

My horses have never had shoes of any sort and we do lots of trot pole work to keep them going all through the winter but no jumps till the snow melts.

It always depends on the footing... sometimes if you get a really good dumping of snow and you can clear a path its great footing, but once its get really packed, or if it melts a little and freezes again it gets slippery, and of course if it freeze rains.

But a little snow doesn't mean no work for my boy

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-25-2008, 07:58 PM
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use common sense.
that was a little rude.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-25-2008, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Snapple122
use common sense.
that was a little rude.
I don't think it was rude at all... it was a smart statement.
If the ground is slippery (snow or rain, or anything else) then I wouldn't risk jumping in it... where common sense plays a role.
However, if you're riding in good footing that doesn't slip and slide, then why not? There are races run in the snow, as long as you're smart about it, then there's nothing wrong with it.
Conditions permitting, there is no more risk in jumping in snow than there is in rain.
Just use your head.

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post #7 of 13 Old 09-26-2008, 07:03 AM
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I really wouldnt want to do any jumping. I mean if its fresh and theres hardly any then ya go for it as long as its not slippery. Before I ride in the snow I usually test out the areas im planning on riding if i slip my horse is most likely going to as well and sometimes i try to find a different path.

I love to canter my horse in snow though! We use to gallop our horses threw it then jump off into the snow piles ton of fun the horses didnt mind it lol as u can see this is before i had chance haha.

Here we get like 3 feet of snow in the end lol. and ya I agree use common sense when ur thinking about doing it.
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-28-2008, 06:33 PM
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I agree with everyone else, however I don't think snow would be too bad. But if it's been melting and freezing again, then that would be a definite no since it would be ice. Watch out for stuff like that though, I was at a horse show a few years back and it was really muddy...the horse I was riding fell when we took a turn and I was knocked out for a few seconds. Definitely not fun.
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-30-2008, 04:24 PM
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snow that is kept turned up is often really good footing. When you have a thaw/freeze and it glazes over you have to be careful, but snow is no cause at our barn to stop training for jumping or other. Just check the ground before doing anything on it. :)
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-30-2008, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Snapple122
use common sense.
that was a little rude.
how is this rude??? she is just saying think about it before you do it. if it is icy and wet then it probably wouldn't be a good idea, but if there was only a couple of inches and it wasn't slippery then sure.

in the end its up to you, so make the right choice

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