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        04-18-2010, 11:38 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Riosdad you are lucky to have a nice area to ride. I have read posts of yours in which you have taken Rio into town, but I'm sure for the most part you ride the bush and trails. The riding is very poor in my area, scenery (or lack of) is very flat, and there are just the dirt roads that are all in a grid pattern. I do have a small area of woods that I ride in, which takes only 10 minutes to walk through, lol! We just have to keep circling around and going back through! And I am thankful for it, believe me.
    That being said, I am still absolutely addicted in my own capacity. I am not able to see Spike every day, but I pine for him if I can't get there 3 X a week. Before my kids I would ride a minimum of 5 days a week, and now, well I just get out there when I can. Sometimes I have the whole day, but more often than not I have to make due with an hour or so. The point is, when I am riding Spike (or just being with him), I am happy, at peace. I have a lot going on in my life right now(recently separated, ugh), but when I am riding all of that disappears. So although my 'addiction' doesn't take up near the amount of time that it does for you, I think it is fair to say that it fills my mind and heart just as much!
         
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        04-19-2010, 12:34 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    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.
    haha ya, mines a dressage saddle soooo... haha it doesnt handle weather like yours does, lol and anal about my tack too, haha. But I do have a rain slicker... haha I have a leather aussie one, and I bright hot pink one. They were both my moms when she was my age, lol.
         
        04-19-2010, 11:40 AM
      #13
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
    Riosdad you are lucky to have a nice area to ride. I have read posts of yours in which you have taken Rio into town, but I'm sure for the most part you ride the bush and trails. The riding is very poor in my area, scenery (or lack of) is very flat, and there are just the dirt roads that are all in a grid pattern. I do have a small area of woods that I ride in, which takes only 10 minutes to walk through, lol! !
    I have about 15 miles of honest bush trails. I add alot more distance by running long the edge of fields to other bushes. Some very high hills, a deep swamp with nice sandy trails running through it. A lake I can ride around.
    I also have unlimited roads I can run.
    About 5 miles away is the city and I trailer to the large maul and unload in a quiet corner and then again unlimited mileage over grass. Walking trials, grass boulevards, parks, hydro right of ways, university, you name it you can access it all over grass.
    I also love construction areas. Hundreds of acres of cleared land with nothing growing, lots of wash outs to manuver, steep piles of dirt to crawl over, streams to drink from. Etc etc

    Then come winter the snowmobile trails run about 1/2 mile from the barn so I jump on one of them and can go forever.

    No I live in a very high densly populated area but the riding is unlimited.
    Just use you imagination.
    I have had new riding partners not sleep at night knowing I am going to be asking something from them that scares the crap out of them but before long nothing bothers them and they go anywhere I ask.
         
        04-19-2010, 11:43 AM
      #14
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
    haha ya, mines a dressage saddle soooo... haha it doesnt handle weather like yours does, lol and anal about my tack too, haha. But I do have a rain slicker... haha I have a leather aussie one, and I bright hot pink one. They were both my moms when she was my age, lol.
    I bought a english saddle for $3000 and was so afraid to get it dirty I kept it on a rack in my basement for 10 years and sold it last year of $1000 because I didn't want to mess it up???
    Where's the logic in that???

    Well oiled a saddle can take a good soaking with no problems.
    When I ran a complete leather saddle I oiled and cleaned it once a week.
    I would turn the saddle upside down and paint with a paint brush harness oil all over the inside. I just soaked it and saddle soaped the top side.
         
        04-19-2010, 12:16 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Sqeak: Same here. I hate this Ohio weather.

    I like to go out all the time, it's an addiction for me to just be out in the barn period, let alone riding. I can't get enough just like you riosdad.
         
        04-19-2010, 12:49 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    I bought a english saddle for $3000 and was so afraid to get it dirty I kept it on a rack in my basement for 10 years and sold it last year of $1000 because I didn't want to mess it up???
    Where's the logic in that???

    Well oiled a saddle can take a good soaking with no problems.
    When I ran a complete leather saddle I oiled and cleaned it once a week.
    I would turn the saddle upside down and paint with a paint brush harness oil all over the inside. I just soaked it and saddle soaped the top side.
    haha I know but im still terrified of hurting my baby saddle, haha, dressage princess much? I borrow my aunts old western work saddle when I am going for a real trail ride.
         
        04-27-2010, 01:56 PM
      #17
    Showing
    I think you are extremely lucky that you can get out of house, tack your horse, and ride off the property! I wish I could do it!

    But I have to haul mine to the parks around (and by the time you get there, tack it next to the trailer with all this inconvenience of dragging a heavy saddle from the back seat of my truck, check all your keys etc. and departure you are not in hot mood anymore ). And even there you can't really do a good canter as you can run into some people or bikers or other horses blocking whole trail right around the road band plus the surface for the most part is not the best for cantering.
         
        04-27-2010, 10:14 PM
      #18
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    I think you are extremely lucky that you can get out of house, tack your horse, and ride off the property! I wish I could do it!

    But I have to haul mine to the parks around (and by the time you get there, tack it next to the trailer with all this inconvenience of dragging a heavy saddle from the back seat of my truck, check all your keys etc. and departure you are not in hot mood anymore ). And even there you can't really do a good canter as you can run into some people or bikers or other horses blocking whole trail right around the road band plus the surface for the most part is not the best for cantering.
    Why can't you just saddle up and head out on the roads?? There are roads all over the country so just start using them. On my old guy I ran a 10 mile block nearly every night. Properly shod they have no problems on the shoulder of the roads.
         
        05-03-2010, 09:31 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    Why can't you just saddle up and head out on the roads?? There are roads all over the country so just start using them. On my old guy I ran a 10 mile block nearly every night. Properly shod they have no problems on the shoulder of the roads.
    We have no shoulders around here unfortunately. My horses are not shod (I don't see a need for it yet). And it's VERY unsafe as the traffic is really dense and some people have NO respect for other cars, horses, pedestrians, dogs, wild life, etc. Its very unfortunate, but even in one park (don't go there anymore) you can be run over by the car making 40+ miles/hour on 5 miles/hour park road. I almost had this experience once. That was very scary! I bet they were drugged or something.
         
        05-05-2010, 11:58 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    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
    I'm fine with the cold, but when you add cold and wet... I hate the fact that I go from freezing to sweating, and then back to cold when I bundle up.

    My biggest issue with riding in the winters in Ohio is my face/throat. My throat and lungs protest, and it's hard to find good protection for my face.

    Of course we're talking Ohio blizzards with wind, which have been a HUGE problem for us over the last few years. It's not bad at all when it's not windy and not precipitating.

    I'll just pass on the really bad/wet/cold days
         

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