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post #11 of 22 Old 11-07-2010, 09:43 PM
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I guess so that nobody thinks I'm completely crazy, I should add that the temp that day last winter was more like 0 but it was -20 when including wind chill.
Brrrrrrrrr! I can't handle anything below 20 degrees...would skip the ride & go straight for the hot chocolate & fire at -20
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post #12 of 22 Old 11-08-2010, 02:41 PM
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Yeuch, It is that time of year again. Frozen water buckets and cold weather. I am in Ontario, Canada it gets down to -30 c or -22 f. Dress in lots of layers and keep moving. When I ride I don't let my horses get winded but trotting keeps the blood flowing. I usually wait for the weather to get to -10 c when I ride.
As a BO I am out with the horses two times a day. The horses start with 1 winter blanket and I double up with a stable blanket when it gets really cold. My horses are outside with a run in barn (not heated). I have a stock tank de-icer and I add some salt to keep up the water intake. Hay is free choice. It is only the wet, cold and windy weather I keep the horses indoors. Or if the footing is too icy in the paddoc.
Occasionally the temperature rises and it will rain only to quickly drop below freezing.
On the sunny days I take their blankets off to let them roll and soak up the sun rays. With the shorter days the snow keeps the trails bright so late evening rides are are bonus. Insulated coveralls are a great way to stay warm are not bulk up doing barn chores.
I am a die hard horse lover and the cold only keeps me moving. I think horses enjoy the cold better than the hot buggy summer. I do head checks 3-4 times a day to make sure no one is ill.
It is a challenge but has its rewards. I love the spring and fall not to hot...not to cold.

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post #13 of 22 Old 12-08-2010, 11:03 PM
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I plan on riding Ace in the winter a lot. Our first show is early May/Late April. I haven't ridden bareback for a few years(I don't trust Sherman not to dump me and run away) So I plan on hoping on bareback and run around the pasture in snow. If I fall I will most likely have a foot or more of snow to land on Probably also the time I do some trick riding and vaulting practice.

I normally ride in long underwear, sweat pants, sweat shirt, t-shirt, and my 4-H coat.

But if it is a high chance I will fall off into the snow(like bareback, galloping, jumping, trick riding, vaulting off of his back,etc) I will ride in thinner snow pants and sweat pants instead of the long underwear.

I always where ear muff type things, gloves, and if it is really cold a neck warmerl
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post #14 of 22 Old 12-13-2010, 11:26 AM
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I don't mind riding in the winter, the tacking up usually sends my teeth a clacking, but as soon as I start riding I warm up real quick and usually stay pretty warm during the untacking. This year I have an indoor again so I don't think my riding will be interrupted too much except if the temperatures really drop, then I start to worry about their lungs.

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post #15 of 22 Old 12-13-2010, 11:54 AM
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I'm spoiled, I have an indoor ring to ride in :) but I still want to ride in the snow if I ever get any ):
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post #16 of 22 Old 12-13-2010, 11:07 PM
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Brrrrrrrrr! I can't handle anything below 20 degrees...would skip the ride & go straight for the hot chocolate & fire at -20
ROFL, we ride in huge open unprotected fields in -40. But we live on the Canadian prairies, so it's just a given that we're a little nuts! -20 is downright BALMY!

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post #17 of 22 Old 12-21-2010, 10:58 PM
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Being a Canadian, I've just got to get over it as more than half the year is winter lol, even in Southern Ontario.
Lot's of layers are super important! Long johns under jeans, winter boots, like 4 shirts, a sweater, a winter coat, scarf, winter gloves, and a hat for before/after. I have a head band that fits under my helmet too!
I ride in an arena and on trails/roads and still keep regular exercise times and frequency, as in riding sometimes 4 horses everyday :) I ride bareback lots as it's warmer and spend less time walking!
I know some boarders don't come to ride in the winter because of the cold but not me! I'd rather winter than summer...it's never to cold to ride!
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post #18 of 22 Old 12-22-2010, 02:26 AM
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ROFL, we ride in huge open unprotected fields in -40. But we live on the Canadian prairies, so it's just a given that we're a little nuts! -20 is downright BALMY!
OMG, that is COLD! Both me & my horse like it best at about 80 degrees...he would never forgive me if we moved to a colder area...he was born south of here, in sandy soil, and hot is the way he likes it

people think we are nuts too, riding in 100 degree weather...ahhhhhhh just thinking of the heat warms me up!
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post #19 of 22 Old 12-23-2010, 07:44 PM
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ROFL, we ride in huge open unprotected fields in -40. But we live on the Canadian prairies, so it's just a given that we're a little nuts! -20 is downright BALMY!
I am the same not a whole lot stops me from riding. Besides Champ isn't the type of horse you can just leave for awhile, he starts to get destructive and fresh.
As far as clothing goes its usually t-shirt,fleece sweater,wool socks,gum boots, yoga pants, mits and a touque. Thats only when its -15 or warmer. Any colder and I put insulated jeans and a wind breaker on.

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post #20 of 22 Old 12-27-2010, 08:30 AM
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So far I have been riding whever I can but I'm finding its hard to do my western girth with gloves on and my hands are freezing and don't like to work without gloves. But it was also only ten yesterday. So if its that cold again I probably won't tack up I'll just hop on him bareback or I was thinking of getting back into english anyways and that is easy to tack up. But I have only been riding in a little bit of snow because that is all we have gotten, except today. HOLY COW! It is up past my knees so at least a foot and a half right now and its still coming down hard and super windy. I already called in to work, no way I'm going out in this stuff. It's going to be fun to ride in it. He was already all excited the last two days I rode him in just a little snow. The only thing that sucks is shoveling! My barn is up a hill! and then I have to clean it out inside his pen and then outside his pen so he can get out. So far for clothing I have just had a good insulated coat on with a sweatshirt underneath. Then I need to get long johns to go underneath my pants because it will be much warmer. Then I wear fingerless gloves and I put a fleece cover over my helmet that goes under my chin as well. Also long socks and my western boots with warmers inside and a scarf as well. I think that's it though. After twenty year I'm pretty used to the cold weather so it doesn't bother me too bad. Then hot cocoa is always yummy when you get back inside.
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