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AllThePrettyHorses 01-03-2012 03:09 PM

I hate riding in the winter
I really do. Obviously I ride sometimes, but I will freely admit, I don't as much as I should. Even on clear, sunny, cold days like today is, I sit inside beating myself up for not riding but at the same time not wanting to. Even if I had an indoor to ride in, I bet it would be more enjoyable, but we live in Wind Central and it's always blustery and cold.

How much do you ride in the winter? Do you think it's reasonable that I don't ride as much as I should over the winter? I guess I'm just feeling guilty, and would like someone to assure me I'm not in the wrong :oops:

MHFoundation Quarters 01-03-2012 03:14 PM

I'm the same, if I didn't have an indoor the chances of me riding in winter would be slim to none :wink: If we get nice, clear, not windy days I will ride in the woods behind our pastures. Yesterday was the first truly cold enough day to keep me inside so far this year (it was 25 F) Been lucky to have decent weather so late.

Mine that are already finished only get used for lessons and my daughter to ride through winter, so easy rides a few times a week. I condition them again in the spring. My own youngsters & client horses, don't have much choice there, I work them 6 days a week. If your horse is one that is the same if rode daily or once in a blue moon, don't beat yourself up about not riding as much.

rachelgem 01-03-2012 03:26 PM

where i live its always wet and windy :( and if its not wet and windy like today, the grounds too wet to ride anyway! its so annoying. so, yeah, i dont ride as much in winter, but i wish i could.

AllThePrettyHorses 01-03-2012 03:28 PM

I just feel guilty because I planned on bringing my one mare into serious work...and then winter arrived LOL. I just started taking lessons, just got my confidence back, and then the cold weather hit. I'm sure all the horses are happy to stand around all day's just me that feels awful about it. *Sigh*

Skyseternalangel 01-03-2012 03:33 PM

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I just bundle up as best as I can and always bring the cooler down with me. I hate making my horse sweat in winter.. it's not fair to him but at least with the cooler and a good cool down, he's fine.

But that I've noticed is the more cute layers (they must be fitting and make me feel good) the happier I am about braving the cold. Scarves help too!

gigem88 01-03-2012 03:50 PM

I'm a wimp....I hate cold weather. And it doesn't get all that cold down here compared to up north!

egrogan 01-03-2012 03:56 PM

Because of my work schedule, I need to ride in the mornings. The barn where I ride has an unheated indoor, so my personal temperature cutoff is 25F outside (indoor is typically 15 degrees warmer). Below that, I don't go out. When we're close to the freezing mark, I ride with two layers of socks, fleece lined riding tights, and fleece lined gloves!

The biggest frustration is when the path out to the turnout paddocks turns into a slick sheet of ice- it can be really scary bringing them in. I also typically ride for shorter periods of time, as you really have to build in the time for a thorough cool-down. The mare I ride was clipped last year because she got so sweaty even just doing walk/trot work, but she's not clipped this year so the coolout has to be even longer. With limited time, it is sometimes a balancing act to decide if the amount of time for actual work will be worth it once the time for coolout is added on.

Lucky for us in New Hampshire, we've really had a very mild winter so far. A few mornings have hovered right around my temp cutoffs, but I actually worked in the outside paddock on Saturday because it was bright and sunny and in the 40's!

Walkamile 01-03-2012 04:15 PM

AllThePrettyHorses don't beat yourself up. I' m sure your horses are fine having some down time. Mine seem okay with it.

I have also become a "fair weather" rider in the winter. I don't tolerate the cold as I use to. Not to mention I'm having the devil of the time trying to find time to do all that I need to do. Winter is a break for me in many ways.

Fortunately both horses can go long periods without being ridden, and never show it. Walka went a year (health issues for me) without being rode, and when I saddled him up and took him out you'd swear he'd never had any down time.

I now have access to an indoor once a week, and hope to putz around alternating horses. Mostly a social thing for me and them as it won't be enough to really do any conditioning physically.

Joe4d 01-03-2012 04:57 PM

spend some money on the proper clothing. Id rather do that than deal with the biting yellow flys in summer.

AllThePrettyHorses 01-03-2012 05:26 PM

I think it was around -5 (Celsius) today...and that's not even cold weather. I dread the -15 and -20 days :'( :lol:

egrogan, I am completely jealous of your was like that up until a few weeks ago, and now winter's here for real.

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