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post #21 of 26 Old 12-08-2016, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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I understand your pain! I live a long ways away from school so by the time I get to the stable it's pretty dark...not to mention freezing! Luckily, I have an indoor arena! But, I also work a couple nights a week at the stable. Since it gets dark so early I have to start work earlier so I'm not in the middle of nowhere alone (stable is isolated) and unable to see. We also have wild animals that like to come out at night so I gotta be careful with that. Not to mention that I have this pesky thing called homework that has to get done...I'm with everyone else on here, though! I want those longer days again! Horseback riding definitely takes commitment. I tell people my sport never ends- it's year-round!

If I don't have a lot of time I sometimes just lunge Tessa since it takes so long to warm her up and then cool her down. Or I'll throw my saddle onto Sebastian, our "barrel horse" (like, he's a literal barrel) and practice my riding on there. No horse to groom, tack up, or cool down lol.
Oh gosh that sounds terrible - especially the wild animals. I know - I actually cannot wait!! Aww lucky, wish I could do that. I might be able to lunge her tho, that sounds like a plan! x
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post #22 of 26 Old 12-08-2016, 08:10 AM
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Wish I could offer good suggestions, but I'm in the same boat. I put lights around my paddock so I could ride at night (I used string lights - the kind they used to hang around hockey rinks, and they work great!). However, we've now had about a foot of snow and some freezing rain on top of that. The horses turned it all to slush. Then we had really cold weather which turned it all to hard, lumpy, ice. I can only ride on trails right now (my husband broke me a nice trail around the property that has decent footing), but only on weekends. That's just going to be how it is for a while. I have access to a nearby indoor, but would have to ride there. It's only about a 10 minute ride, but I have to get through the crusty snow to get there, or walk along the road, so not really keen on that. I think a lot of us can commiserate!
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post #23 of 26 Old 12-08-2016, 08:12 PM
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I've read that horses see pretty well in the dark. Mine certainly do. This is from Equus Magazine:

"Even when daylight hours are short, you needn't restrict your riding times to places with full natural or artificial lighting. Horses have excellent night vision, and on a night lit by a partial moon or by bright stars alone, normally sighted horses can see as well as you do in full daylight.

Riding in the dark does make some riders queasy, but mounted horses are perfectly capable of safely negotiating open fields and lightly wooded areas after sunset. The extreme darkness of dense woods and those rare pitch-black nights isn't entirely suitable for riding, but in familiar territory your horse can navigate well enough when you allow him to choose his own path.

Horses require approximately 15 minutes for their vision to adjust when moving between differently lighted environments. Remain on familiar paths and keep to a slow pace after emerging from a brightly lighted barn for an unlighted evening ride or when turning horses out for the night.

Sudden brightness takes an equal amount of adjustment, as you notice each time you flip the barn light switch for the predawn feeding: Every occupant squints and blinks until his eyes adapt."

This article first appeared in the January 2002 issue of EQUUS magazine.
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post #24 of 26 Old 12-09-2016, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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I've read that horses see pretty well in the dark. Mine certainly do. This is from Equus Magazine:

"Even when daylight hours are short, you needn't restrict your riding times to places with full natural or artificial lighting. Horses have excellent night vision, and on a night lit by a partial moon or by bright stars alone, normally sighted horses can see as well as you do in full daylight.

Riding in the dark does make some riders queasy, but mounted horses are perfectly capable of safely negotiating open fields and lightly wooded areas after sunset. The extreme darkness of dense woods and those rare pitch-black nights isn't entirely suitable for riding, but in familiar territory your horse can navigate well enough when you allow him to choose his own path.

Horses require approximately 15 minutes for their vision to adjust when moving between differently lighted environments. Remain on familiar paths and keep to a slow pace after emerging from a brightly lighted barn for an unlighted evening ride or when turning horses out for the night.

Sudden brightness takes an equal amount of adjustment, as you notice each time you flip the barn light switch for the predawn feeding: Every occupant squints and blinks until his eyes adapt."

This article first appeared in the January 2002 issue of EQUUS magazine.
Wow this is amazing, thanks! I as worried mostly she wouldn't be able to see and would trip but this helps enormously! It's true with the turning of lights on too! She knows the way to the arena and there are a few street-lights on the way and the yard lights are on a timer for people like me who ride later on.
This is brill - covers my main problem!
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post #25 of 26 Old 12-10-2016, 12:44 PM
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Winter can be hard. I loathe the whole concept of "Daylight Saving Time" -- ha, more like daylight wasting time. If the clocks hadn't changed, I'd still have that hour in the evening.
Sounds to me that it's regular time you loathe, since DST is what we have in the summer and you're complaining about winter. If that's the case, I'm with you ó DST all year!

In the case of New England, that would effectively mean moving us to Atlantic Time with no summer change. I know I'm not alone in that because I recently read that a bill was proposed in Mass. to do just that. Didn't go anywhere, though, just got a few headlines.
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post #26 of 26 Old 12-12-2016, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone! I've decided what I am going to do... Recently I've been told I'm outgrowing Dusty so I really need to get her fit now. During the week I've decided to do a mix of lunging and schooling and over the weekend do all the fun stuff - hacking and jumping! It especially helped me that horses can be ridden in the dark (a few of you mentioned this) and I also loved hearing what situations you guys were in and what you did about them! Thanks for all the help,

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