How do you jump with the snow?

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    12-25-2010, 05:15 PM
How do you jump with the snow?

We have quite a bit of snow our neck of the woods, and I was going completely crazy not being able to jump, so yesterday I put on my new eventing vest and took Artie out for some jumping. He didn't seem to be bothered by the snow and, as always, pulled my arms out trying to gallop up to the fence, but I put his SMB boots on, kept him at a slow canter, and we only went 18inches just a few times; he was great. It's been a long time since I've jumped him since I've been working with the other three, so I worked a bit on my 2-pt and felt pretty good about my's coming along, hopefully moreso when I have a trainer!

How do you guys stand not being able to jump in winter? We don't have an indoor as I keep my horses on my property, and a newer riding stable on the street off of ours has one I could seriously ride to, but it'd be really weird to ask to borrow their indoor sometimes LOL!

Anyway, do you just not jump all winter?
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    12-25-2010, 05:29 PM
Fortunately, I have access to an indoor for jumping. With proper conditioning and precautions, I've seen people jump just fine in the snow, but thankfully I don't have to do it. We get so much snow here that it doesn't melt. So it will snow, then freeze, then snow on top of that. So that causes lots of ice and crusty snow that I don't want to risk.
    12-25-2010, 05:55 PM
Back when we didn't have an indoor, we plowed the out door or a track around it so we could jump. Though I will say Jumping snow piles is also fun, provided you have a horse that recognizes it as a jump and doesn't just trot through.

Luckily now I do have an indoor, but even so, I spend most of the winter on flat work.
    12-25-2010, 05:59 PM
But it's not weird to ask! You can rent the indoor arena for an hour if the weather permits it.
I have an indoor arena but am not able to jump if its below 30 degrees. So I do 80% flatwork all winter.
    12-25-2010, 06:04 PM
I have an indoor arena, so thankfully I don't have to deal with the snow all too much. But when I Fox Hunt, we jump just fine in the snow, but I always have snow pads put on my boy, with Borium on his shoes over the winter months so we wont have issues with his footing.

So I do 80% flatwork all winter.
Good for you SonnyLove!
    12-25-2010, 06:28 PM
Don't be shy to ask! Just approach, or email even, the owner of the nearby stable and explain your predicament and ask if you can rent the arena for a chunk of time, and what times will be convenient for the stable to have you.
    12-25-2010, 07:12 PM
They're right near us, we don't have a trailer but I could definitely ride there. How would I approach them, just stop by and ask to rent it for a half hour or something? How much should that cost?
    12-25-2010, 07:27 PM
Depends on the barn. If you're familar/friendly with them, sure just stop in. But I'd probably call. That way you're not interrupting their schedule.
    12-25-2010, 08:56 PM
I've never met the owners, it's a place that started as an old barn with no horses and they added on an indoor arena, got some pretty saddlebreds and ponies, and now they do riding and driving for the public. I'll look up their number and call...
    12-25-2010, 09:11 PM
The place I board at is crap, and they don't have an indoor. They hardly have an outdoor. Once it gets below 40 degrees and the ground freezes I'm lucky to do walk/trot. My mare hates the snow though, so even with snow we don't jump. Luckily, I get to trailer to my trainer's barn twice a month for lessons in the indoor :)

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