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post #1 of 36 Old 12-05-2008, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Winter riding--when, where, how much, etc.

Do any of you trail ride in the winter? I am talking with temps below freezing, snow, etc.

How about trailering. Any special precautions, etc.

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post #2 of 36 Old 12-06-2008, 01:01 AM
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We're still riding. We plan to go again on Sunday. It's COLD here in IL.

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post #3 of 36 Old 12-06-2008, 11:02 AM
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When I was younger, heck yeah! Now that I am older, heck no!

My horses get a break when the weather gets bitter, and even tho I am just in Virginia it still gets awful cold here. I DO feel it more as I get older, tho.

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post #4 of 36 Old 12-06-2008, 11:15 AM
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Yup, I'm usually out there just as much as the summer. Right now we have 2 feet of snow and it's been from -5 to -20 celcius. Not going today though :( recovering from a bad cough/cold/flu... bleech...
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Well, I ride all-year-round. Trailriding I DO trail sometimes in the winter. Not for that long though, as of course it is very cold.

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post #6 of 36 Old 12-06-2008, 01:39 PM
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I probably ride more in the winter, if the ground didn't get so darn icy... We usually have rain or freezing rain before it gets cold and then the whole yard gets icy... like a bumpy skating rink ... So I find it just too dangerous to take my green broke horse out....
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post #7 of 36 Old 12-06-2008, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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I am hoping to ride a bit on Monday again. We got 10 inches of snow since last night.

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Well, it gets a tad bit cold here too, LOL, but the killer part is the wind! Wow! We all still ride in the winter with the snow and what nots, though it slows down quite a bit. I tend to spend more time in the indoor arena working and training for the upcoming spring and summer events. Gives mine a break too!

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post #9 of 36 Old 12-07-2008, 10:42 AM
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Now, if I had an arena (particularly a somewhat heated on) I would DEFINATELY be ridin in the winter, now. But I don't have that, so I hide most of the winter. On the occasional not so cold day I get out there and mess with them, take them out and handgraze a bit, but I doubt I ride again till spring. My hubby will, but he is more immune to the cold than I am.

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Well, it gets a tad bit cold here too, LOL, but the killer part is the wind! Wow! We all still ride in the winter with the snow and what nots, though it slows down quite a bit. I tend to spend more time in the indoor arena working and training for the upcoming spring and summer events. Gives mine a break too!
Thats me too! I hate the wind. We rode yesterday it was in the 60's but the wind was gusting to around 45mph. Its been dry so the dust and dirt was blowing up from Oklahoma
Its snowing right now, the high is supposed to be in the 30's and the wind is about the same so we will sit it out.
If its just cold I will ride, if its windy and cold forget it. We don't normally get enough snow for it to be a factor.


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