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post #21 of 40 Old 01-24-2011, 09:45 PM
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Going up to 37 tomorrow. Heat wave!

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post #22 of 40 Old 01-24-2011, 11:29 PM
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I wanted to ride so bad today! Unfortunately, it was between -10 and 5 all day...and with wind chill it was between -30 and -40 all day...warnings were out to not be outside for more than a few minutes at a time if possible...just wouldn't have been a fun ride, so I came straight home after work! On the bright side, that means I made it home with enough energy to get through my workout :)
It sucks doesn't it girl! I rode Saturday and I really shouldn't have it said it was 12 out but with the wind chill we get in the nor' east it was more like -20. My face actually got wind burned from it. Today was by far the coldest. It was about -30 this morning and that was the actually temp, again with the wind probably like -50. I feel so bad for all the horses and other critters that have to live outside in this bitter cold. I hope it ends soon though. It really sucks!

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post #23 of 40 Old 01-25-2011, 04:14 PM
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Quit complaining and go saddle your horse and go for a ride.
We got out yesteday and went buffalo hunting. Great day to be out, even if it was cold

This is the Green River. Forzen Solid


Clear blue sky and cold temps


The sun has melted off the south facing hillside.


Just imagine 100 years ago, You would live in a place like this and HAVE to ride your horse


And yes we did find some buffalo
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post #24 of 40 Old 01-25-2011, 05:54 PM
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^true, but 100 years ago a lot of things were different.

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't it warm in Utah? Like maybe 30 above instead of 30 below? Not that it's always 30 below here, but it can be and on those days I don't ride...I don't want frostbite or hypothermia. I'm a big believer in riding year round, but there is a limit and a point where you have to think about safety.

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post #25 of 40 Old 01-25-2011, 06:59 PM
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Does warm weather freeze large rivers?

Last week it hit -24*F in this area. Yesterday as we drove out the temp was 5*F and it did get up to mid 20's during the afternoon. As I loaded everything back in the truck at 8:00p, it was 16*F

It felt really nice when the sun was shining. Got really cold fast when the sun went down. But we still had to make two trips from the place we shot the buffalo back to the truck hauling al the meat and hide.
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post #26 of 40 Old 01-25-2011, 07:40 PM
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haha...obviously not, I guess I neglected to read the caption labeling the body of water. If it had been a small body of water much milder temps could have frozen it. I knew I'd probably be wrong...thought Utah would be significantly warmer than here. I guess it's fairly similar...this week has been the bad one here, hitting record cold temps.

Either way, we do have to be careful when riding in extreme cold, it's not always the best decision no matter how much we want to! It's hard to draw the line though. I went on a 3 hour ride last year in -20 temps on a beach and it was fun, although super cold. Haven't been out in those temps this year, coldest day I rode so far was 0 degrees, and I couldn't even hold the reins so that didn't last long. Maybe my internal furnace is broken!

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post #27 of 40 Old 01-25-2011, 07:53 PM
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The difference here is the elevation, You live at farther north Latitude, But we live at higher elevations. Most of that Flat Plateau top in the photos is at 6000 foot elevation. Which isn't real high for Utah, considering I frequently ride in the summer at over 11,000 But for the winter, it's high enough to really get cold. Randolph Utah frequently the coldest spot in the 48 states.

I don't go out riding a lot at 0* and that's why I get cabin fever. But after all the negative temps, a 25* day is pretty inviting.
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post #28 of 40 Old 01-25-2011, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Painted, you're just the tonic this old boy needed to get off his duff! "Saddle up and go ride" indeed! I was just being lazy, knew it, and you "encouraged" me to get out. Thanks!

Nice weather, not much wind, cloudy, but in the 40's, I suppose. Maybe high 30's. Wearing insulated leather gloves my hands go too hot. Sigh.

We only went 2.4 miles, just across the road and over thru the trees on the lower slopes of the Butte. But it was REALLY nice to get out!

Mr. Big continues to improve. He really wanted to go home and be with his herd for awhile but was listening to gentle commands and doing what he was told, most of the time. I'm new at this and we're both learning to neck rein and neither of us is perfect at it. But we're improving.

About 2/3 of the way out it's like he forgot about the herd and just wanted to wander around with me. We did some weaving amongst the trees just for control practice, went through a bit of water, did some deep gooy mud. Just sort of mosied along enjoying ourselves.

Oh, yeah. I said I'm new, too. I took him up a hill steeper and longer than we'd been up before and down an embankment a lot steeper and longer than we'd done before (we'd been up it, but not down--somehow, it's steeper going down!). He's a lot less nervous about it than I am! But, he's a good teacher and I'm learning to trust him and hang on--he'll get me there.

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post #29 of 40 Old 01-25-2011, 09:15 PM
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I ride! But when your face starts to get red from wind burn and your hands are starting to turn purple underneath your gloves is when it starts to turn dangerous, so I don't go out. Its cold enough for me imagine for me horse too. Then he has to get wet trudging through the snow. I like riding in the winter but not so much when its -30.

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post #30 of 40 Old 01-26-2011, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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I ride, too, Gizmo! Today, I ride! Woke up to a very, very, small and closed in world--fog so thick we couldn't see the neighbors. Just a touch of frost on the ground, here and there, so not real cold. Forecast is for mostly cloudy and low 50's in Lewiston!

Horses are eating breakfast, poop is scooped and spread, feet are warming by the fire. As soon as Big finishes eating it's into the trailer and away we go! Less than an hour later: heading down the trails!

Woot Woot!

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