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post #41 of 44 Old 10-18-2013, 04:07 AM
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I use a bit in the winter I keep bridle in house. My horses are in my backyard I put bridle on then groom my horse. Don't even bother with a halter that way bit doesn't have a chance to get cold.

Once groomed we jump on bareback forget saddles less work and no frozen fingers.
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post #42 of 44 Old 10-18-2013, 07:23 PM
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It shouldn't be a big deal to ride him in the snow even if it's been a while. It's not like he hasn't seen snow in turnout so it will be no big deal.

As for their behavior, some horses do tend to be a bit friskier when it's cold outside, you just have to know your horse and how he tends to react in cold weather. If you don't know, then just take things slow and play it by ear.

Bits in winter; like others said, if it's bitterly cold, just make sure to warm it up first, but other than that, using bits is fine. When it's really cold, I generally don't just because I'm to lazy to bother with more than a halter and bareback pad .
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post #44 of 44 Old 10-21-2013, 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
That old "riding in cold weather is hard on their lungs" is nothing more than an old wives' tale. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who still believe it.
No, it's not. There is science behind this. I'm attaching a link to an article about human lung performance Cold Comfort - The dangers of breathing cold air when mountain biking which was the first and easiest one I found to illustrate my point.

The short version of the article is this: deep inhalation (the sort that comes with heavy exercise) of extremely cold air (-15C or below) WILL potentially cause damage to your horses lungs.

Regular breathing of air that cold will not cause the same damage and so when it gets this cold you want to ease off on extreme workouts.

BUT that's not a reason to not ride at all in the winter! As others have said, half the people on this forum wouldn't be riding for half the year if that were the case. It just means that you make informed decisions about what kind of riding you do, and when.
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