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post #31 of 36 Old 12-24-2008, 01:55 PM
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I do! Lol. I ride in below freezing temps and everything... just like I do in the summer, work the horses up into a very nice lathering sweat... warm them up and cool them down right and it doesn't matter, IMO.

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post #32 of 36 Old 12-27-2008, 12:46 PM
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Sorry if this was already addressed...
But isnt there a fear of a horse slipping in the snow(compact,ice etc)
And I worry since my horse has been blanketed that he will get cold out on a ride.
Am I just a worry wart??
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post #33 of 36 Old 12-27-2008, 01:07 PM
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I think the fear of slipping is what is stopping me from riding Honey this winter. I know we could go riding in the snow, but it just scares me. I'm new at riding as it is and I feel that Honey's middle name is not Grace! She was offered to me in August and I rode her around the pasture and such. We went on our first trail ride together the end of October. She did so well for being her first time out too. She walked over limbs all through the ride. Towards the end, her back hoof grazed a limb and she scooted around and stumbled. She didn't fall, but I fell right out of the saddle. We were both fine, but my neck ended up getting more stiff as the day went by. I ended up doing just ground work with her at home for about a week. I tried to ride her, but her shoulder was stiff. We were both out of commission. I walked her one day and told her that we were quite the duo...I couldn't turn my head to look at her and she was owchie under saddle. Right as I could ride her, my friend got a new horse and he's a nosy little critter and Honey is not fond of him. I could have tied him somewhere, but I would have much rather shut him into the barn, but I couldn't. So, I haven't rode Honey since October.

With all that said, since I didn't ride her after the fall, I'm just worried. Not about me. Falling off didn't bug me at all. Riding her in the pasture wouldn't have bothered me at all either. She walked up to me one day in the pasture after a snow and slightly stumbled on the way. I'm a worry wart, so I won't be riding her until winter is over.

It just sucks because time just wasn't on our side. Once the barn was equipped to shut Lucky in, it grew cold and now it's been nothing but ice. I'm probably going to go out today because it's like 60 here! I'm sure the pasture is nothing but water and ick, but at least I can walk Honey around and let her know that I'm still the boss. She's a testy mare, so come spring, she just may forget!
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post #34 of 36 Old 12-27-2008, 01:17 PM
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The snow is melting off today and warming up but still would like the input.It will be reaaaaalll muddy here soon.I know it is in the small field we have them in.I just had to go tighten up the electric tape and turn the fence back on, almost got stuck a few times!Thank goodness they have high solid ground near their shelter.
I watched them slip on the snow when in their field and I know our trails are not clear of debris thats why I worry too.Too many obstacles buried under the snow. It will be a mute subject in a few days when it clears, but when the next snow comes I sure would love to ride.
Myhoneybee good luck to you and your mare, hope springtime is good to you both.
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post #35 of 36 Old 12-27-2008, 06:30 PM
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Thanks, I hope it is good to us as well.

I spent too much time at home today. When I got out to the pasture, it looked stormy. I fussed around grooming another horse and then they all came in. About 5 minutes later, it was pounding down rain. I wish I would have went out earlier. Would have loved to have done something with my horse.
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post #36 of 36 Old 12-29-2008, 07:42 AM
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With good shoes and suds/broddar whatever they're called, the horse doesn't slip. :P I've cantered (read ''the horses took off with me and my friend as fast as they ossibly could'') 2 miles on a road with several inches of pure ice on it. The horses didn't slip once because they haad the right stuff on their feet :P
(I fell several times tho when leadig them back home half of the way, not wanting to get up before they had calmed down properly.)
The backside is that a too good grip can, with time, damage their knees as the natural movement (of the hoof sliding a little on the ground) is stopped too abruptly and the joints take more impact. So it's important not to overdo it, and at the same time not do too little either or they'll tense up and risk injuries.

Unless you fully clip the horse, or it's being sick, it won't have any problem with being bare when you ride. And if you clip it, there are blankets for riding :P

My horse stumbles quite a lot too (never learnt to lift his feet;) but with the right shoes it's not worse than in summer time. And it's not dangerous for them to stumble, unlike us they have 3 other legs to keep balance with. But if they feel like they're sliding and slipping on the ground, they'll tense up, and that's what's more dangerous becase then they'll stumble and have half cramped muscles at the same time.
But if you're not confident in riding, you shouldn't do it. It'll just be sensed by the horse and then you both will be nerous, so stay in situations where you can relax :) Or meet your ''fear'' but note more than a bit at a time; you could for example go trailride and stay in walk and on the roads or paths untill you're confident and learns that the horse won't stumble, or if it does, it won't get hurt and you'll learn to stay in the saddle. Going off road is great excercise but don't let a misstep scare you off :P

Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.

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