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post #1 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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How Many Ride In The Snow??

Just a friendly reminder on how to Not make Snow Angels
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post #2 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 11:29 AM
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Ha ha! Yeah, I never noticed snow being that much softer.

I'll ride in snow if it's above 20*F. I'll ride at any temp if it's an emergency.
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post #3 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 11:35 AM
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i'll ride in the snow if the temperature isn't too bad and the footing is good. The fields are usually OK, but I find the roads around here can get pretty slick.

right now I'm more a fan of hand walking the horses - that way I stay warmer and get exercise too :)
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post #4 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 11:51 AM
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Well I think most of you know I'm putting my hand way up for this one. Given that we have snow from October/November to April, I wouldn't ride much if I didn't. I even put up lights around the paddock so we can ride at night under the snow. You have to dress properly for it, but it really is lovely. It all depends on the texture of the snow, but sometimes it's like sand and really nice for riding. I do get my husband to clear the riding ring all winter and I run my pasture drag over it if we get some icy crusts. The only time we won't ride is if it's solid ice.
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post #5 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 12:09 PM
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Lol! I love riding in the snow....almost prefer it over the other seasons, well I prefer it over summer. Temperature doesnt make . huge difference to me, I just dress however I need to to stay warm
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post #6 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 12:10 PM
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I don't anymore, unless I have no other option, because I've had horses slip and fall with me. Ugh!

Girl ahead: Watch out for that icy patch!
Me: Where? *WHUMP*

I do have lots of fond memories of winter trail rides, though, and I would do it again at the right place with the right horse.

I'm lucky, though, in that my coach has somehow worked miracles the last three winters (this one included) and brought a horse to a place with an indoor arena for me. I'm a bit spoiled.
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post #7 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 12:28 PM
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I love riding in snow. I donít canter though. The only problem Iíve had is that I overheat and sweat too much. We donít get extremely low temperatures. The lowest it goes is about -15C and thatís rare. For some reason, I always wear too much and always overheat. Youíd think Iíd learn but nope.
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post #8 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 01:03 PM
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I loved to ride not only in the snow but the cold...
Dress for it and you not get cold, truly.
Feet get chilly and you feel that when you dismount,

I use to love to ride in the farmers fields when snow was falling...
The beauty, the quiet was just beyond description.
I in my heart am a confirmed trail rider so loved the trails, riding anyplace alone or in a group of special friends but especially not on roads.

Today, the idea of snow is hysterical with where we live...
Currently 79 degrees, sunny & clear, cloudless sky....we ride in this and love it too..
Enjoy the time spent one with your horse during these times...

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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post #9 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 01:27 PM
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I have done a lot of riding in the snow, in the old days I would ride on the snowmobile trails that ran behind our place, some great rides and you just had to get off the trail when you heard a snowmobile coming but I tried to ride at times that were not busy with the snowmobliles.
Also did an lot of road riding, had the horses sharpe shod for that.
At times in my life I rode more in winter than summer because of my work, very busy in summer.
In the old days I would ride on a nice day as long as it was not below 0F as my Dad forbade it when I got my first horse saying it was too hard on their lungs to be working in those low temps.B on Piper Jan 2013.jpg

Sierras first ride 001 a.jpg

In these pictures it was a great year for winter riding, soft snow and not too deep but other years not so good with hard, crusty, deep snow that is tough on the horses or snow with ice underneath, dont' like that. Sis's horse went down on one of those ice patches one year.
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post #10 of 39 Old 11-30-2019, 01:43 PM
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We ride all winter long in the snow. A picture from last winter riding the dirt road. Will probably ride here a bit later it's snowing today.
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