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    04-17-2010, 06:37 PM

Today started out cool but sort of sunny. The thermometer read 37F. I dress accordingly with a light coat, light gloves and light hat and chaps.
It was 8:30 when we left the barn on our normal 10 mile loop. About 1/2 mile from the barn I ran into a serious head wind and driving ice pellets. They hurt the eyes so I pulled my hat down mostly covering them and trusted to Rio to keep us heading straight.
It wasn't really fun but we endured. After about 2 miles we hit the bush and all wind was cut off, the sleet seemed to stop and it turned into a nice ride
I can't stay home, no matter what the weather, no matter the footing I have to ride. I might not even feel like it but my addiction kicks in and I have to go. Even in a blizzard we head out. If I am off I am riding. I have even left his heavy winter blanket on and saddled overtop it just to keep him warm but we head out, even in 3 or 4 foot drifts we head out.

I am sitting here reading the forum and only putting in time until I can go to the barn and care for my guy. Brush him, pick his feet, grain him and tuck him in for the night. Again it is an addiction.

I can hardly wait for tomorrow morning so I can do it all over again. Regardless of weather I will be out.

Anyone else have this drive, this addiction to be out , regardless of the elements, or rather in spite of the elements you have to ride???

Want to feel sorry for someone, feel sorry for Rio with a driven dad
Have a nice evening.
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    04-17-2010, 06:42 PM
Green Broke
Haha the firsthing that went through my mind was "OMG THE SADDLE!" tehehe I always need to protect my saddle!!! Haha, im terrified of hurting my poor saddle. But other then that I like to get out for a trail ride whenever I can. I don't usually go if its bad weather out, I just ride in the arena, but I suppose I would if we had nice long trails around here.
    04-17-2010, 11:48 PM
My saddle is the Abetta synthetic with extensive modications including a sheep skin tightly fit seat. My head stall is well oiled quality leather. I am not worried about my equipment. I even went so far once as to swim my horse across a river. I rode him into the water and then slipped back holding his tail , steering and then when he started coming back out of the water I pulled myself back forward and he rose under me. The saddle dried out fine. All leather parts are heavily oiled.
Most of the time when I ride in rain I use a well oiled aussy rain coat that domes to the saddle covering everything including the saddle bags.
No equipment is not a concern although I am very annal about what I use and it's condition.
    04-18-2010, 12:18 AM
How did Rio like the ride in the sleet?
I ride in all types of weather as long as it is not dangerous. Then again, the weather here is easy breezy compared to yours in Canada. I know my girl hates working in blowing rain, but we get through it. Only a few times I have been concerned for her when there were dust windstorms because I know that if I could not see, she couldn't either. I'm sure both of our eyes were closed that time.
    04-18-2010, 12:40 AM
Heck that happened to me today and all I was doing was walking a horse to the paddock. It was TOO STINKIN COLD!!!!!

I'm done with snow. I hate the snow/sleet mix stuff. I don't belong here in Ohio, really.

If I could endure the cold more I would ride in anything. But I just can't. I'm a sissy.
    04-18-2010, 12:58 AM
Rio I do that all the time, lol. I'll be out there with Beau every day in the freezing cold weather riding or just hanging out with him and brushing him or doing groundwork in the indoor.

It's an addiction for me too.
    04-18-2010, 09:16 AM
Originally Posted by Squeak    
If I could endure the cold more I would ride in anything. But I just can't. I'm a sissy.
They make clothes that can keep you warm well down in the minuses? MY boots say minus 40
Get some good warm clothes and then go ride. Over the years I have worked out my clothing to take in any kind of weather. I will even ride at minus 18. I use to put a took over the nose of my horse to protect him but I don't do that anymore. The vet told me you can not freeze the lungs of a horse.
Just yesterday it caught my by suprise and I was dressed light.
I will dress the same this morning and hopefully it is not as bad
    04-18-2010, 09:19 AM
Originally Posted by Ne0n Zero    
Rio I do that all the time, lol. I'll be out there with Beau every day in the freezing cold weather riding or just hanging out with him and brushing him or doing groundwork in the indoor.

It's an addiction for me too.
I found the indoor arena seems to magnify the cold and it actually feels colder some times in the arena.
If you have access to a bush it cuts down the wind, the driving snow. In the really cold weather I slip down into the swamp. It is very low and the storm seems to blow over you. It can be raging outside and down in the swamp nothing stirs, not a breeze,
This is the type of thing the wild horses know about, the hidden coves, shelters, places the sun seems to penetrate and offer them protection.They don't stand out in the open fields, bum to the winter and endure. They go to shelter.
I am realllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly sorry for your addiction
    04-18-2010, 09:24 AM
Originally Posted by IslandWave    
How did Rio like the ride in the sleet?
He doesn't seem to mind it. He doesn't try drifting away from the head wind. He just keeps his head down and plods on or jogs on in this case. We once went out in a major thunder storm and it hit us less then 1/2 mile from the barn. I just picked a big tree about 50 feet in from the edge of the forest and backed him against this big tree. I was wearing my oil skin that doms to the saddle and we just stood. I considered getting off and hobbling him but he stands, back humped, head down and just waits patiently for the storm to pass. 5 or 10 minutes later the storm passed, the sun came out and it was beautiful
He does not mind the heavy lightening, the crashing thunder. He just endures without complaint. I never once had to correct him, no once.
    04-18-2010, 10:08 AM
It is nice going out when it is about 70 degrees and sunny, get to the top ogf the mountain and a storm blew in, temperature dropped very quickly, sky turned from blue to black, wind got worse, then snowed like the dickens. Once on top there is no escaping it when you are on the ridge line with no shelter at all and in white out conditions. Headed out and as I was heading down it seemed like it was going to pass over me, NOT!!!!!! Sky got black again, winds came in again and got hit this time with a hail storm. Could not hold your head up to see, neither could my horse. He just stopped mid trail and faced his butt to the storm. I hate those mountain storms when they come in like that, they are fierce and very dangerous.

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