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post #11 of 14 Old 11-15-2013, 03:01 PM
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Took a couple of my horses through the creek up above the house to see how they would do. Trusty is my 8 yr old bay roan and he did real good, but Doc, my 20+ yr old bay wasn't so happy about the sifting sand under the moving water.





I wouldn't hesitate to ride Trusty off into water, but Doc would take much more work to get accustomed to wading the water safely.
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-15-2013, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Roadyy View Post
Took a couple of my horses through the creek up above the house to see how they would do.
I would just like to note that you are playing in a creek in shorts and we have snow on the ground in places. I think I hate you.

But in all seriousness, that looks like a fantastic place to be able to test the horses reactions to water. I wish I had such a place locally (though I sure wouldn't be using it today )!!

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post #13 of 14 Old 11-16-2013, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by SimplyRadical View Post
So a friend invited me to ride with her at her ranch. This is a totally different ranch from the one I go to. Well we planned to go on a trail ride and where her trails are, there are alot of rivers. I've never been through water that goes higher then the horse's chestnut and I'm not sure what to wear if I'll be getting wet. I could wear breeches but they'd be uncomfortable if the got wet. And I don't want to wear jeans or shorts because I'd like to make a good impression. And of course I do not want my leather boots getting dunked in the water. What do you usually wear on a wet trail ride? Thanks!!!!!!

I won't repeat the points already made and since it's been about a month I'd imagine you've already made the ride.
However,... if you're far enough South (we still have days that can be in the 70's) I'd recommend silk pants (they dry obscenely fast) unless it's cold (because it really cools you down as it dries). I wish I had bought several pair, because they have become my favorite pants for riding in very warm weather to deal with water and sweat.

Foot wear with Nylon or some other synthetic material would be better than leather or cotton since it dries out quicker. Wool socks work well (the military has been using them for decades....even if just for the soles of the sock....they do wonders from keeping the feet drier since you can swap them and the one pair will usually dry by the time you need to swap again)

Use wool under the saddle. wool will draw and shed water. The lower edges will be wet for a bit as the water from higher up is being shed. My wool blanket dry out in half the time of my other blankets.

If your saddle is leather be prepared to spend some time tending it. Before and certainly afterwards since it will get a good soaking (there are positive things about synthetic saddles beside just the ease of maintenance and less weight )

And as already said, things are going to get wet. Take for granted that everything you have with you is going to get wet (you could even find yourself in the water, but not in the saddle) so take the needed precautions or leave it.

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post #14 of 14 Old 11-25-2013, 10:32 PM
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haha I love river riding and you are making me miss trail riding this summer (though I love winter!). my arab and I trail ride up on the northern end of the Hudson outside of Lake George, NY and we ride in a wintec, and all beta/biothane bridle and I need to upgrade my breastplate. I love the dayglo tack Two Horse Tack - WESTERN BRIDLE made with REFLECTIVE DAY GLO Biothane (because I also trail ride at night) but I also love it's soft and flexible. I've done beach rides too (and ruined more than one leather bridle - the ocean is not as forgiving as the rivers!). I usually get western/trail bridle and breastplate but ride with my wintec AP because it fits my horse better and is better for his back.

And like everyone above me said, take for granted everything is going to get WET! I have a Lifeproof case for my iphone (LOVE IT!) and even ride in river/water shoes (the kind you can go hiking and cliff diving in) because they are more lightweight and less annoying when wet. Oh and I have found that yoga pants/workout capris and Ariat mesh trail half chaps are the most tolerable when soaked! Here's me and Ridge in the river!

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