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HorsesAreForever 11-21-2007 02:09 PM

Winter riding???
 
okay since its starting to turn winter i cant ride as much as i want and it will be hard to keep working my horse and im starting to work on his canter again but now since its turning getting muddy and the ground is all greasy and he cant canter i just dont want him to loose what ive tought him so far hes already starting to get lazy on me because so far ive only been able to walk and trot a little becayse of the ground >.< i dont know if this makes any since cause i really dont know how to explain this >.< but when the snow and the ice come how should i keep my horse worked and not become to lazy ... do u think that the snow would be good for his feet??

lol i hope u understood at least a little of that lol

thanks so much u guys

AKPaintLover 11-21-2007 06:42 PM

I work my horse a bit less intensly in the winter, but I still am able to work at the walk, trot, and canter on the snow. Usually, if I keep the arena or an open area well ridden in, it will keep the snow packed and crumbly, so it is not hard for them to move in and not usually slippery. I only have to worry if the weather warms and the snow melts, turning to ice when it refreezes....then I try to work up the ground, but hope for more snow.

I would suggest doing a lot of walk and trot work. Trot work will be very beneficial to helping your horse stay strong and balance for when you pick up canter work more seroiously.

I also try to go on short trail rides over the winter (I try to keep a few of the same trails well packed enough to ride all winter). On these trails I walk, trot, and canter. I don't know if you are comfortable cantering on trails, but sometimes it is easier for them to canter on a strait trail than in the enclosed space of an arena.

I wouldn't worry too much about pushing the canter training if it is too difficult to do....just keep riding, and it will all come together in the spring.

HorsesAreForever 11-21-2007 07:11 PM

thanks soo much for ur reply it really helped and ya i love to canter on trails along with galloping and i agree with its easier to canter on a stright away


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