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If I have my long johns and my gloves on and am as completely bundled as can be, and I am still cold, it's too cold to ride. But today it's 43 degrees, so I need to finish my coffee and get to the barn!

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2/19/11 7:42 A

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I live in MN but I have the benefit of an indoor and a semi-heated tacking area and fully heated lounge so I've found that I am willing to ride in colder weather. I used to never ride below zero and wouldn't do more than a walk below 10 but now I play it by ear. If my horse feels good and I do too, its on! I still try to keep the speed down when its 10 or below but that gives me an excuse to work on suppling and finesse moves (shoulders-in, etc).

The other thing that we do now in my barn is Horse Agility - where the people are walking or running with their horse and sending them through obstacles. Its a blast for the horses and the people and definitely keeps you warm!

I also decided to get some ski pants at the end of last winter. Between those and my snow boots, they are the best investment ever. My boots are so good I NEVER need foot warmers. I think they are actually made for snowboarding but I don't care - they are waterproof and superwarm.

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I grew up in Toronto, and didn't have the excuse of "too cold" to ride our horses in the winter.

Just throw on long-johns under your jeans, a few extra pairs of socks, ear warmers and good gloves and you're ready to ride!

Now that I'm boarding where there's no indoor arena, I sometimes postpone a ride if it's raining heavily (in order no to ruin the tack/helmet) but otherwise I'm an all weather kind of girl :)

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1/19/11 9:04 A

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We dont really have a "too cold to ride" rule. Living in Nebraska and ranching, when the cows need attention, they need attention and more often then not, that includes horses. Especially during calving because thats when it gets vital to take care of the babies. When the weather gets really bad, blizzards and -0 temps/winds, he usually keeps a horse saddled and ready to go in the barn so he can jump on and check on everything.
We dont have stalls in our barn so my horses are outside 24/7 so they are very accostumed to the weather.

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1/14/11 1:28 P

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Hi Margaret, My name is also Margaret form Arkansas I am 65 and love my horses but not crazy about riding in real cold weather. I have rode in the snow and loved it.

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1/11/11 2:55 P

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When I lived in Minnesota, I don't think we had a "too cold to ride" temperature, but when it got really negative (say -10 and below) the horses were only ridden at a walk to prevent damage to the horse's lungs. It was seldom above 10 all winter and the kids had lessons the whole time.

I would ride when it was down to about 0 when I wasn't working. There was a paso pony with super long hair and if you rode him bareback it was nice and warm. :)

Now that I'm in Maryland (and older) I probably wouldn't ride below about 10 degrees, but I also don't have an indoor.

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I've been debating this with myself since moving to ND... I was going to set my limit at anything below zero, but quickly discovered my gloves weren't adequate. Thanks to some vehicle issues, I haven't been out to the barn lately, but I have better gloves now, so I'll be trying to get out and ride in the cold more. The place I board at has a heated barn and an indoor arena, though the arena isn't heated. Still, it keeps the wind off which is half the battle, and going back into that 40 degree barn afterward feels like a sauna! My new horse is also very young, so while we're working hard on the basics, it's not necessary for either of us to really work up a sweat or get breathing hard. We'll start working on the conditioning side of things when the weather is a little more friendly!

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At my barn the rule is that if it's 20 degrees or below in the indoor ring, you don't ride as it can be uncomfortable for the horses' lungs.

Thanks to the fact that I live in a place where it's far too expensive to board horses (or live in a place where property is cheap enough to have them at home) I keep my horses 90 minutes away from where I live, which means I only get ot see them on weekends. Unfortunately, in the winter snowstorms often prevent me from making the drive.

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As long as it is dry I will ride in almost any temperature, from 20s to nearly 100. Any day with a horse is a good day!

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My boy is a heat lover, but I am all about the cold... I'd say (footing dependent) I've ridden as cold as mid 20sF (not on my wussie kid, but on other horses that love the cold.

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It's in the 90's here today with Dew Points in the 70's. They are just hosing off the horses. Our horses are used to the cold, but not this extreme heat. No riding all week :(

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Snow is GREAT to ride in.. as long as you know what's underneath!





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8/12/10 2:49 P

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Wow, this board makes me feel all kinds of spoilt. I've always lived in places where the temperature only sways between 25 and 85 all year round. So extreme weather riding is seldom something you have to think about. I won't ride on ice though (or snow if we actually get it).

There is a lot of rain here though, which I don't mind for a bit flat schooling.

And, if you want to exercise your horse in the rain and stay a little drier... we used to lunge our horses with their light rain turn-out rugs on so they wouldn't get too damp before bedtime ^_^

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8/9/10 9:25 A

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Well, upper 90's (110 heat index) isn't fun, but I'll go out for a trail ride. I go for as much shade as possible, and stream crossings.

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I never used to think about it because I was in a heated barn. Now, I'm not, but I think down to 20 works. I'll let you know this winter when I have to deal with it lol

My bigger question is ... what do you consider too hot to ride lol

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8/6/10 9:47 A

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I'll go out and ride in a calm zero, but will only take lessons down to freezing. They spend too much time just sitting around during lessons and the fingers get too cold.

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I won't ride if the ground is frozen. Wind definitely will make it seem colder and discourage riding. Bummer

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Never to cold to ride - well - if there is a wind and it is cold! That being said I am a wuss and don't like to ride below 20 degrees emoticon

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Hauled down (2 hrs drive) to the Scatter Creek CMO (nacmo.org for those interested) yesterday. The skies were beautiful blue when we (went with a couple friends) got there, but soon turned dark when it started to rain. By the time we hit the trail, it was pouring. Rode almost three hours and found three stations before we got so cold we came back in. Had a great time.

I got off and brisk walked for about a mile down a road that was very sharp rock (recently pulled shoes and Big was a trooper, but I knew his feet hurt).

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2/27/10 10:43 P

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Wow! What a great idea! I think I will suggest that to our local barn club. It sounds like some great challenges too. I would love to do that with my horses--especially Gus, who is just a yearling. It would certainly give him a head start on future training. It would also be interesting to see what Var would do. Knowing him, if he saw people watching he would most certainly show off--probably play with the goats and llamas and anything else he could get his big mouth on. My horses are pretty sheltered here on the farm, so something like that would be totally new. Thanks for sharing that!

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Had a blast today, a local driving club put on a spookproofing day. It was a blast, lots of horses and lots of challenges. I took my dressage mare as she isn't quite sure I should be the leader of the group and we worked on the ground. They had a wind machine and a 15ft tube that snapped and blew every which way and that was just the first station. Lama's and goats and a snap gun going off along with a bull horn. Tires and a fan blowing with plastic bags tied to it were just a few of the fun stations. Was so good for both of us. Two hours of fun and work and so worthwhile. Cee

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I have older horses and no indoor arena available so we don't ride in the winter months - just too much snow and ice to chance it. my mare has stringhault and that is an issue for her in the cold weather - the rest of the year she is great with it and really has no problems. I've been lucky that they have been so healthy for me.

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I do ride all winter but when conditions get bad I ride in an indoor arena. Its not fun to ride in slippery conditions but I agree the white stuff is fun sometimes it makes the world go away an all is lovely and quiet. Happy Trails Cee

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Hi All,
I'm returning to riding after a long absence, I'm 51, it seems that I'm more aware of what can happen now that I'm older and am maybe-- maybe-- a bit to cautious so as soon as we get snow that causes icy or slippery conditions we (my daughter and I) don't ride.

But sometimes it looking so tempting with the snow thick blanketing the yard and fields. Remembering how it fluffs around you as you ride along.

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Abby, not sure where you are located but come on out and ride anytime. I have 3 extra horses all need ridden and all very gentle. Cee

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Oh thanks Cee rub it in! emoticon I Sooo envy your temps and sunshine !


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Looking at that picture I can tell you I would not be riding on that day. Rode today was wonderful about 45 and very light breeze with ocassional SUN! Yeah Later Candy

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For a northern girl 15 degrees with a slight breeze is it.If I'm riding indoors with no heat zero is the coldest I'll ride in.The biggest thing is keeping my hands and feet warm .A handy tip from from my winter camping daughter.. put a charcoal hand warmer at the small of your back to ward off the chills .


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2/10/10 4:54 A

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I'm wimpier than I used to be. Back in the day I belonged to a trail riding club, we rode every Sunday as long as it was above zero and below 100. Now a days it has to be in the 40's for me to trail ride. Last fall I moved my horse to a barn with an indoor so I could ride when it's really cold. And then it has to be in the 20's. All of the outdoor roping pens sell their cows in early Nov. due to the cold, shorter days, and chance of frozen footing. There is one indoor that ropes all winter, 2 nights a week, it's "heated". They usually cancel if it's too cold so the horses, and the cattle aren't going from a warm to cold environment.
I learned long ago how to dress warm, and wish under armor existed then. I have found the mountain horse rimfrost boots to be pretty warm, 'cause once my feet get cold I am done. I just wish my old CB down jacket was still around, because that was really warm.

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Burr me to, i hang it up in nov to much ice and my hands and feet get to cold to fast now a day. If i had a indoor available i would keep going through the winter. But then that would get boring i like the woods.

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Now that I am in my 50's brrrrr. If it's not sunny and calm, (I live on a hill, and hate the bone chillen' wind) no riding for me. I LOVELOVELOVE to gaze out my windows and see Liam and Sunshine in the pasture... Especially when I'm up in my exercise room on the treadmill!! They seem to know and always come stand by the fence closest to the house!! emoticon

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When I was a teenager in Michigan, I rode the year round. When it was really cold with snow blowing, I rode bareback cause the saddle was too cold! Now, I am a wimp about the cold weather, also there is so much mud here I have to wait for the mud to go away so I don't leave holes in the yard, more than any specific temp to worry about! When it IS dry, I like the temp to be at least 65!

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2/4/10 10:55 A

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Oh my gosh -- I am a total wimp about cold weather! I pack it in for the winter around November, so the temp must only be in the 50's or 60's. Other than my just not liking to be cold, I've had some bad winter riding experience in the past that have "tainted" my view. Our horses were always naughty when it was cold! --Julie

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I like to ride when the weather is at least in the 40's. I guess I'm a fair weather rider too!

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I'm a fair weather rider myself but if the sun is shinning and I'm dressed warm I will go out when it's in the thirties. Lately it's been nice enough but the sun has turned the snow covering the ground to ice. So for fear of my horse breaking something I havent ridden much.

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I'm definitely a cold-weather-wimp. But for me, it's the rain. Here in WA state, it rains from October through May (at least!). I don't have an indoor arena. So on that RARE winter non-rainy day, where the wind isn't blowing 60 mph, AND the temp is reasonable, I'm saddling up. For reference, I've ridden three times since October!

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I'll usually ride if it's 30. I do not like to ride in the winter if it's damp.

I have Raynoulds too and my feet get cold before I lose the blood in my fingers.

Ironically, I will run outside in colder temps then I am willing to ride!





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I ride most weeks in the winter but usually do not ride if temps are below 20 degrees. I can stand the cold but I worry about the horses lungs and also some footing but I ride in the arena at 20 to 30 degrees and then trail ride above that. I also hate the wind, can stand the cold but not the wind and cold, so those are arena riding days. Cold but no wind. For anyone who has snow balling up in there horses feet just pack some Pam (spray oil) clean out the feet and spray and the snowballs will fall out in most cases (heavy and wet snow, it may not work as well). Reapply as needed. Safe for feet and environment, you can use a silcone spray but not sure how safe. Happy Trails Cee

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Wow - I am definitely a wimp! LOL Actually, as a kid I did a LOT of riding in the winter, no indoor arena, and I have paid the price with frostbite and now Raynauds. So I am very conscious of the temps, even with the use of an indoor. Heck, I have on three layers in the house at 66 degrees and my fingers are numb... If it weren't for the health issues, I'd be riding every day even in the cold. :-)

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I was planning to ride yesterday when the weather called for 20 degrees and flurries--looking forward to it, actually. But when we got to the barn and it was 12 degrees, and the flurries were already 4 inches of fluffy snow (read: the horses would still be feeling the frozen uneven surface below that we couldn't see instead of a snow cushion), we decided to feed carrots and go home. I was warm enough (great winter riding suit) but was concerned about footing. And 12 degrees is COLD!

BTW--this was to be a trail ride, not an indoor ride.

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I only consider it too cold to ride if the ground is frozen, or if there is snow on the ground (I'm in NC, and when it snows it gets packed in their hooves/shoes, but since it snows maybe once or twice a year, we don't add any snow pads, etc for winter riding). I also don't ride if it's cold and rainy - but that's mostly because of the rain, not the cold itself). It's pretty miserable if it's cold and windy, but once I'm on and moving I don't seem to notice it.

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1/30/10 8:54 P

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I usually don't ride if its below 20 degrees. But if I have a bunch of my girlfriends ready to ride - then I'll ride. Sometimes the company of good friends beats out the cold! We ride in an indoor during cold winter months. Its not heated but at least there is no wind! Its been a week since I've been able to ride and I'm really needing a fix!!!

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Grew up in Alaksa and rode my horse in the most brutal sub zero temps you can imagine... the insanity of youth!

That being a zillion years ago, have little tolerence anymore for extreme cold and really hate riding in the wind.

I have been caught sometimes a good hour + from the barn when gale force winds kick up resulting in a freezing cold, super spooky ride home on my youngster.

Do not mind basic cold temps like 20 degree weather.

What is hard around here is the up to a 35+ degree difference between day and evening temps.

You can bundle up for an overcast 18 degree morning ride only to return home sweating in a sunny 50 degrees.

OR it might actually get colder every mile you ride so Many Layers is key.

A cheap $10 'magic scarf' wrapped around your neck and tucked under your coat is a great 'super warmer' and is easy to remove if it gets too hot and perfect to pull up around your face if it gets too cold.

Also, easy to wash and hang dry when your horse drags it around the ground at the barn:)

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As others have mentioned - 20 and sunny is way better than 50, overcast and windy! My friend has a fabulous indoor and I can ride in there at lower temps and with more wind than outside. I do consider my horse and not sweat them up too much if I need to put them back in the pasture right away, or I will cool them out in a shed with some hay and a cooler if we get overly enthusiastic.

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I ride in the indoor at pretty much any temp, but I do bundle up in my winter gear even for the indoor if it's below freezing - though in the upper 20s and low 30s, I usually take my outer coat off while riding (but put it on for grooming, tacking up & untacking, etc.).

For outdoors, I bundle up in the upper 20s and 30s and stay bundled, even while riding, and I won't ride outdoors if it seems icy at all. Snow is OK as long as it's soft... I won't ride outdoors if it's below the mid-20s or so (we generally get temps that cold only after there's been a bunch of freeze-thaw, so it's usually icy anyhow).

Today was 8 degrees and I didn't even consider riding "for fun" (since freezing my patoot off isn't what I call fun) - but I would go to my lesson in the indoor on such a day.

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1/29/10 9:43 P

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I'm not as tough as I was when I was younger - used to bundle up and go even when wind chill was below zero. Lucky that I live in a warmer climate now! Wet and wind are the worst I face now, and that would stop me if it's more than a drizzle.

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I used to ride no matter how cold, windy, etc., but since developing hypothyroidism a few years back I can no longer stand extreme cold, windy conditions. I now echo what VELVETMERLIN said about the conditions. If there is a cold wind I just can't tolerate it anymore, but a sunny, still day doesn't bother me even if the thermometer is way down. I also don't have access to an indoor facility, so a cold winter like the one we're having this year hampers the riding. I also don't enjoy riding in the hottest summer months, as the humidity here is unbearable. The horses drip sweat (and I do too!) even standing still in the shade on those days. Then, add the flies to the mix and yuck! Definitely less enjoyable than a cold, crisp winter day.

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For me it depends on a whole bunch of things, such as cloudiness, wind, etc.-I HATE the cold. If it's windy and 50 I won't bother, but if it's 20 and sunny I'd ride. Right now I board where there is no indoor and my horse is barefoot so I don't bother until spring. (I'm a fair-weather rider!)

My main concern about riding in the cold is jumping off-I feel like I'm going to break my ankles.

Sometimes the way I write can come across the wrong way. I apologize if I offend anyone. I also have a habit of writing LOOOOOOOONG posts. Again, my apologies.


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I know this is mainly for our northern members, but what do you consider to be "too cold" for riding? For me it is under 35 degrees. But only because I have Raynauds phenomenon and I do NOT tolerate cold well at all.

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