Any tips for riding in 4.5 ft of snow?
Well, I've ridden in the snow twice and she does fine. I ride bareback because I don't want to get my girth wet, but do you guys have any tips for riding in the snow and anything that we should do? There's not much to do because the snow is so high and won't melt for awhile. The ring is blocked and we don't have an indoor so I have to get on her like three times a week in the field.
So any tips? And anything I should do while riding? like any games or stuff?
4.5 feet of snow is quite deep and would be hard work for a horse to plow through for an extended period of time. It would be nice if you could level it down to about 8 in or so in a track that you could ride in and make sure there is no ice at the bottom. Bottom line, I would say stick to brief periods of walking or don't ride.
Yeah, I ride in about 2 inches (like the places where the horses already left tracks). I only ride for like 15-30 mins at a walk so I don't really do much, but yeah... And there's no ice there. I know that. Everyone at the barn says its safe enough to ride... I can't go down the driveway though because it's bad for my pony to go on pavement since she has issues with her feet already. But she needs to get excersized.
Carry a big, BIG hair dryer.
In all honesty, I wouldn't ride in it. I'm guessing you live around Syracuse if you have that much snow! My parents used to live there lol. I check all the trails to make sure there's no ice underneath when I ride in any amount of snow over like a foot, and even so I get iffy and do nothing above a fox trot or very slow lope. I take snowstorms like this to practice sidepassing, backing up from the saddle, opening gates from the saddle, and shoulder/haunches in excercises. If you absolutely need to ride (I sooo understand....even in the worst weather I feel like riding), just be careful and do nothing above a walk. Let your horse take his time, as 4.5 feet of snow is a looottttt of snow! Make sure you do something about the wetness on his legs and stomach....some horses get chilled from things like that. You could ride him with a winter blanket on underneath lol
We usually just follow snow mobile tracks. Works great as long as your horse isn't afraid of snow mobiles.
Its also good excercise for their legs, and a good way to keep a horse in shape during winter. My moms bf works his polo horses on long canters through the snow to build up endurance
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