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post #11 of 16 Old 11-24-2014, 07:15 PM
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Saddle bag - we don't ride with flashlights - we walk back to the pastures with flashlights so we can see where we are stepping.
I think most of us ride in indoor arenas with lights. I would personally never ride in the dark in the snow.

Some of us (like me) have our horses out in the pastures, so when its dark, us humans can't see a thing. So we used flashlights ;)

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post #12 of 16 Old 11-24-2014, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Red Gate, a light interferes with a horse's night vision. We used to ride when it was so dark we couldn't see each other yet the horses never missed a step. They were familiar with the trails and had mapped them in their minds.
We do night rides in the winter when theres a full moon. With the snow and moon light its like day time. Most beautiful rides are winter time at night in the snow,horses see just fine in the dark

We put coolers on them and walk them till dry,or just do a walk ride so they don't sweat up.
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-24-2014, 09:45 PM
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I don't have access to an indoor and regularly ride in the snow on the dark. If I didn't I wouldn't ride for 7 months. I do sometimes set up a "spot light" on one end of the arena. As far as cooling down goes I throw a wool cooler over my saddle and quarter sheet and walk for 15 minutes. Then I remove the saddle, leave the quarter sheet and cooler and walk for another 10-15 minutes. I then go into the barn and leave the cooler on (not quarter sheet while I put away tack and pick out his hooves. I then fold the cooler over his hind quarters to brush the sweat marks out. By this time he is usually cool and dry so I put his blanket back on. This takes a while but it's worth it for the horses sake.
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-24-2014, 10:21 PM
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I trace clip, which helps a Ton! If I didn't it takes at least 2 hours to get her dry. Our indoor is warm and my horses live outside. It's hard to keep a trace clipped horse outside, but she has many different layers, wind break, and lots of hay.
I always make sure to walk her out a lot and then let her eat hay inside with a cooler.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-25-2014, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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i don't get home until nearly dark
and truthfully the thought of riding in the dark is terrifying
but i am trusting the person that is helping me
he says it is ok and the horses know the pasture than i ever will
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-26-2014, 12:41 PM
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We cool them down while on them and if they are dripping (which is rare) when we remove their tack we scrape, then brush to fluff their fur and turn them loose. I wouldn't recommend riding in an area you are unfamiliar with whether the horse knows the area or not especially riding hard enough to have them dripping but if you have gone over where you are riding during the day and there are no hazards then you can trust they know what is there if that is where they are kept. I would not ride the pasture at more than a walk in the dark but the pen I would not have an issue with a trot or even a canter. It is level and has no holes. If I am riding I have also gone through and picked up sticks and limbs on a regular basis as well as walked for them before riding.
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