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    01-02-2013, 02:35 PM
  #11
Yearling
It's not a trail that is used alot by snowmobiles that we have ridden on, but when the horses break through it is sharp and hard, so we prefer to stay off them....
     
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    01-02-2013, 03:05 PM
  #12
mls
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Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
it's not a trail that is used alot by snowmobiles that we have ridden on, but when the horses break through it is sharp and hard, so we prefer to stay off them....
I put SMB's on my horses for trail riding in the winter.
     
    01-02-2013, 07:43 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by mls    
I put SMB's on my horses for trail riding in the winter.
What are SMB's? LOL I'm just a blonde trail rider!
     
    01-02-2013, 08:55 PM
  #14
Foal
Just to be clear....where we ride horses is NOT a snowmobile riding trail...i own snowmobiles and thought it might be good to break trail for the horses? Sorry if you all thought that I was actually riding horses through snowmobile trails...lol
     
    01-02-2013, 09:06 PM
  #15
Weanling
Easiest way to find out if the horses like to use the snowmobile's trail or break their own.... do a couple loops in the pasture


As much as I would like to say, let them break their own, ours come to the barn every night for grain and they stick to the same snow packed path

But as others stated type of snow & temps will also make a big difference of grippy or slippy snow
     
    01-02-2013, 09:14 PM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by grullagirl    
Just to be clear....where we ride horses is NOT a snowmobile riding trail...i own snowmobiles and thought it might be good to break trail for the horses? Sorry if you all thought that I was actually riding horses through snowmobile trails...lol
That was our application too. Just using the snowmobile to make the paths. I would never ride where I had the chance of actually running into a machine moving 100 mph!
     
    01-02-2013, 10:18 PM
  #17
Foal
Exactly!
     
    01-05-2013, 12:07 PM
  #18
Foal
Well we checked out one of our favorite riding areas yesterday.....it was all over run by snowmobiles! It is hard for the horses to walk on the tracks....Tanners hooves sunk through......my friends horses hooves were big enough they didnt sink down very much. We wont be going there too often!
Thunderspark likes this.
     
    01-07-2013, 08:32 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Ditto not using the sled to break the trails, for all the reasons stated.

I never did when I lived on the OH/PA border; horses generally do a great job of plowing thru the snow as long as the rider is not intent on forcing them thru it at a fast pace

We pretty much stayed off the horse trails, with the snowmobiles, as much as we could.
     

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