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Many the time with the racehorses we had to ride in snow and sub zero temperatures,

Usually we had to stick to the roads but that too could be dodgy.

We had a freak snow storm just before Christmas a few years back. We were having our staff Christmas dinner but hadn't done the shopping so I was asked to drive to town. It wasn't funny as we were on steep hills and the side roads hadn't been touched.
I took a long route and we shopped in town. Coming back I decided to take the hill road, that was fine, I wasn't going to come down the steep hill 1:25 but to go through the neighbouring village.
The 4x4 was brilliant. Approaching a corner I would say "Now car, we are turning left soon."

I turned into the drive at the top of the property without telling the car, the drove split in two, the left to the barn and the right to the house, I usually went left but with the shopping was going to the house.
I should have told car because we went neith left nor right but straight into a big old oak tree! It was very graceful with no damage to either us, car or tree. Thing was car had to pe pushed out as she couldn't grip the snow on the slope.
No offence, but you know I'm talking about driving a horse right?
 

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After riding for over 55 years I have ridden in just about anything. I don't like lightening but have been caught out in some bad storms. I usually don't ride if the temp drops below 0 degrees F.
When I was doing a lot of showing, I made a point of riding in high winds, rainy days etc because we can't pick the weather on show days and I want my horse to behave. I have won classes because of foul weather and my horses went well and others didn't because they weren't used to working in bad weather.

Altho' today was cold, snowy and windy and I decided not to ride as I thought my horse wouldn't like it. When I was younger I would have ridden anyway,:)

P.S. Samantha, don't you have an indoor arena? When I boarded at an indoor arena the weather didn't matter I rode anyway.
No I don't have the luxury of owning an indoor nor have I ever ridden in one.

I don't mind not having an indoor, in fact being able to work in the snow and mud is good for the horse. I'm willing to work in most weather and my horse behaves well, unless there's thunder... It's just that once it gets really windy I find it difficult to talk to my horse while working; and whenever it is raining or snowing I always remember the scene from Black Beauty where he related the rain on his face to bee stings, and I automatically feel guilty.
 

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i typically wont ride if its under 20 or above 85-90. if it gets close to those temperatures, i will also keep the ride short and simple for the health of both the horse and i. i dont like riding in thunderstorms, we have a really nice indoor at my barn, but its loud when rain is hitting it hard and theres a lot of thunder, the horses just get weird and spooky. i will ride in just rain and even heavy rain though. depending on how windy it is, i wont ride this one horse i ride in the indoor if the wind is loud and the doors will rattle a little and he just gets super spooky, i will ride him outside in that though. i dont like riding outside if the ground is frozen, too hard on there feet. the outdoor we have drains really well so we dont have to worry about it being muddy, having puddles, or being slippery even after a big storm. i wont ride outside the ring if its muddy, i dont want the horse to slip and injure itself or me. as far as snow goes, i will ride in it no matter what, as long as the conditions arent too bad that i wouldnt be able to get home.
 

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It really depends, If I am at home and am just riding for my own pleasure, then I will not ride in rain, or ice, and over the past few years I have really limited my hot (over 90) riding and cold (under 20).

Mud and snow are just part of life in the midwest, If i did not ride in mud I would not do much riding in the spring and fall.

If I NEED to ride, for example if we have cows out, or if I am at a field trial, the only thing that will normally stop me is ice, or severe weather like a storm, and even then it depends how much I NEED to do the task at hand.

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I won't ride in extreme heat. In East Tennessee our summers are extremely hot and humid, it feels like walking into a sauna as soon as you walk out the door. During the Summer I wait for the sun to go down before jumping on. I also don't ride in lightning.

If it's cold, i'll ride bareback to keep my butt warm and I don't mind strong gale winds either. I just am not someone that likes or enjoys steamy summer heat.
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I have become more of a wimp about temperature as I've gotten older, but I think I have a better tolerance of it than some of my friends just because I've done so much activity in extremes (thank you horses and marching band).

If it's raining I typically don't ride, since we don't have an indoor, and our arena gets muddy pretty quickly. I live in the south and have not actually had the opportunity to ride in snow, though I suspect if the roads were fine I could do at least a trail ride.

As for temperature, if it gets below freezing I don't go at all, and I don't even like going in the 40s if it's windy too. But a 40 degree day with sun and minimal wind is usually pleasant. I've ridden in the 90s, though I don't like it, but it's almost unavoidable here unless you ride very early or late in the day. The horses are out in all of it, so I know they don't care. I make the decision to ride or not based on how much I would get out of it.
 

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As I have grown older (not sure wiser) I have become a bit fussy about when I ride. Wind is fine, gentle rain or heavy mist is okay, 90 and over means riding early or much later in the day and winter riding is almost a no go for me. Lots of water on the trails means lots of ice, not willing to injure myself or my horse.

Also, for some strange reason, I have become very nervous when a thunderstorm kicks up (not so much the thunder, but the lightning is it for me).

No indoor, so truly at the mercy of the elements. And the bugs!
 
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