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    12-10-2008, 10:18 PM
Nice. Ten inches, you have more than we do. Our horses didn't have to work hard at all. Yeah, I won't be able to ride the gelding bareback unless I some how get lots of time on him and he settles down, or we get enough snow to cushion the inevitable dump I'll take. He's way too alert in the wind and cold. Good luck with your bareback riding!
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    12-10-2008, 10:39 PM
Someone who knows how to ride well could ride him bareback no problem. I am just newer to riding---been riding for 2 years now but since I never rode as a kid/teen I have a lot to learn in the balance area.

I don't fear him bolting, etc. as it would take too much of his energy to do something like that. It is more my balance while walking over uneven ground that worries me.

I will get there at some point this winter.
    12-11-2008, 01:02 AM
Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
It was pretty cold I wore my wool fleece lined boots and gloves and some sweat pants. My legs are still cold and my fingers were pretty numb by the time we got home. It was so much fun though and the girls really seemed to enjoy running through the snow drifts which surprised me.
Its the first time we have ridden in the snow. Its usually gone very quickly or its the wet sticky kind.
I love riding in snow, but I like it a bit less frigid than today. LOL
    12-11-2008, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
We ride all winter. But choose the better days to be out. Blue sky and sunshine and 20* is OK. Dark overcast spitting snow at 30* is a no go. I ride more in the middle of the day, the warmest part vs early morning or evening rides like I do in the summer. I don't like to put the horses up sweaty, so a early ride allows them time to dry out before it gets cold at night. And we almost never camp over night during the winter months. So most winter rides are close to home. Usually within a 20 minute trailer.

I also change where I ride in the winter months, The mountains are deep in snow, so we head toward the desert more. Antelope Island is an island in the Great Salt Lake. There is a causeway road we use to access the island. The lake acts as a heat sink and it stays a few degrees warmer than areas away from the lake, This melts off the snow faster so it doesn't get too deep. The Island has sandy trails that are easy on barefoot horses. And lots of wild life, Buffalo, Mule Deer, Antelope, Big Horn Sheep and Coyotes.

As winter wanes, we get the bug and start heading out more. We've even made a few camp outs in February.

The snow melts off much faster in the desert area. Here we are the end of February on a trail ride in the San Rafael Swell area of Utah. We are bundled up and the horses are still wooley.
I'm SO JEALOUS this looks like TONS of fun!!! Our area has been switching between wet and cold and frozen and cold so there's still too much mud and junk under the snow for us to be on the trails just yet
    12-13-2008, 11:04 PM
Warm clotes and studs on the horse shoes fixes everything :P

Unless it's raining I love to ride outside :P Tho we don't get much snow down here in Skåne, just ice or half frozen mud, but when we do I love it. I also love to ride when t's night and full moon.. or any moon as long as it's visible.. xD
The biting wind in my face, white steam from our breaths, an energic horse and the moon casting shadows through the trees... or cantering across deep snow.. can it be better?
    12-14-2008, 07:57 AM
If I wouldn't ride in the winter I would get to ride maybe 2 months out of the year, so lots of winter riding for me

I say the same as Zab, warm clothes and studded shoes save the winter
    12-14-2008, 08:48 AM
Originally Posted by Sissimut-icehestar    
If I wouldn't ride in the winter I would get to ride maybe 2 months out of the year, so lots of winter riding for me

I say the same as Zab, warm clothes and studded shoes save the winter
But please Sissimut, you must understand that you can't have horses on iceland and expect to ride more than two months per year! :O

(just kidding x) I know the thread is about whether people want to ride rather than if they can :P)
    12-14-2008, 10:22 AM
Lol xD
    12-17-2008, 12:24 AM
I live in GA. And it's 70 degrees here right now durring the day. We don't really have winters so we go as long as it's not raining. Biggest problem we got is it rains alot and gets muddy.
    12-23-2008, 06:29 AM
I am waiting til spring!

I'm too old to fall on frozen ground, and my arthritis is worse in winter.

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