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post #5001 of 5235 Old 01-11-2017, 10:41 AM
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I feel that riding definitely warms me up more than lunging. I'd rather be moving in the saddle than standing on cold ground. LOL.
Not a bad idea to hop in the saddle though, HP. Plus you don't want to get too rusty. :)

It can be harder to ride in the winter, of course.

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post #5002 of 5235 Old 01-11-2017, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe I'm misreading, so you will lunge her in this weather but you won't ride her ?
Yes but I lunge her at a walk mostly to warm her up. I only do a few circles at a trot or until I notice when she is picking up her feet better and going more smoothly over the logs.
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If you can lunge her, definitely can hop in the saddle & ride! :)
I plan to get on her this weekend, it is -5 on Friday and it looks like it's going to warm up for a good while. Great relief for my barn friends, they can come back out again.
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post #5004 of 5235 Old 01-11-2017, 01:23 PM
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I don't think its cultural. We used to ride all through the winter in the UK because the weather there is usually so much milder.
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I agree that a lot has to do with the situation you have and the weather rather than how much you pay or the culture.
By cultural I just meant that where I'm at, since the weather doesn't get 100% terribly cold, I have the benefit of knowing that other people are going to be out at the barn riding whenever I go out, so there's something of a barn culture/social aspect to it. I do think it would take away some of the fun of riding if no one was around every time I went out nobody was around to talk to, like in Hoofpic's case (though I know many don't feel this way; to me riding is partially about talking to people who share my same hobby and I like chatting with everyone while I tack up or cool down my horse). And I know for me that the financial part definitely crosses my mind on the occasional day where I'm dragging ("yeah, but think about how much you pay for board, you bought the darn horse, time to go outside even though the house is really cozy").

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Mine haven't been ridden in a couple weeks. It has more to do with the fact that I work 40 hours a week and it's almost dark by 530 when I get home and don't have lights. ... Also... There is nothing wrong with giving horses a break in the winter or even in the summer. There is nothing wrong with not riding if you are cold... there is nothing wrong with not going to the barn 5 days a week if you board.
I wasn't saying that there was anything wrong with any of that. I was just surprised that Hoofpic hasn't been riding, since I know he's been at the barn working with Fly on the lunge and over ground poles and things like that.

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You keep a lot warmer lungeing than you do riding, especially your feet, because you're moving about.
Each person's different. I know for me this is 100% false. My whole body gets much warmer when I'm riding than when I'm lunging.
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post #5005 of 5235 Old 01-11-2017, 01:31 PM
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Me too, @StephaniHren . I am way warmer riding because I'm using more of my body than just lunging!
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This year is unfortunately going to be different for me, I am going to be that much busier with work. So I need to simplify my life and I need to weed out any interests that I only enjoy on occasion because I just don't have the time for it anymore.

Work and horses pretty much take up 95% of my time. You can pretty much count me out for any social meetups this year, I don't have time for them. The only social meetups I will go to are clinics and horse shows.

I still love hockey but ever since Feb of last year, I just haven't had the time to follow or watch much of it. I need to get back to my horse audiobooks and I don't see how I'm going to have time become better behind the camera. The only time I'm really going to have time for photos is at the barn, which is fine because horses are really the only thing I enjoy taking pictures of these days. But I have to be careful and make sure I keep a good balance and not get too carried away to the point where I get distracted away from horses.
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I've been wanting to ask this for awhile, do you guys think that horses know the word "yes"? I know it may be a silly question but I've seen horses shake their head when they want something. The chestnut in Fly's herd will shake his head when he sees me with food in my hand lol. He just stands there and watches me and shakes his head. It's quite funny actually.
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I don't think they actually understand what it means, but they can be taught to do it as a trick. :) Sometimes they do it as a natural behavior, but I'm not sure why. My horses will do it if they taste something different.

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post #5009 of 5235 Old 01-11-2017, 11:09 PM
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do you guys think that horses know the word "yes"? I know it may be a silly question but I've seen horses shake their head when they want something. The chestnut in Fly's herd will shake his head when he sees me with food in my hand lol.
I think horses only know what we teach them. They throw their head because they tried it once and it got them attention, so they keep doing it. It's not that they're thinking "yes", it's that they've learned that nodding their head sometimes gets them what they want, so they keep doing it in hopes that it will work again and you'll give them the food.

My horse knows some words (walk, whoa, easy, hey, over), but even then its partially about the words I use and partially about the context/the tone of my voice. Nonetheless, all the words he does know are words that I've taught him.
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I think horses only know what we teach them. They throw their head because they tried it once and it got them attention, so they keep doing it. It's not that they're thinking "yes", it's that they've learned that nodding their head sometimes gets them what they want, so they keep doing it in hopes that it will work again and you'll give them the food.

My horse knows some words (walk, whoa, easy, hey, over), but even then its partially about the words I use and partially about the context/the tone of my voice. Nonetheless, all the words he does know are words that I've taught him.
I think you are right except this boy already knew how to shake his head haha. It's just funny to watch. He's also very animated and has a very funny personality.
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