Yup. I just did it on Thursday afternoon. Rain wasn't expected but started about 15 minutes after I arrived at the barn. It wasn't too cold (50s) and wasn't pouring or overly windy so I rode. My horse isn't too fond of it but he's fine overall.
This is the first barn I have ever boarded at that doesn't have an indoor so I am playing things by ear. But I've never been much of an indoor fan anyways (neither is my horse) and avoided riding in them unless I had to. Last winter, I was out riding in the outdoor. It was in the 30s but the footing was fine. There are no lights out there and it was twilight but I could still see. Scared the crap out of one of the trainers as she didn't know I was out there until she saw movement. She was in the indoor teaching. She asked why I was out there. Well, you have 5 kids taking a lesson in the indoor. No room for me! And this way, I could avoid being run into. Way too much traffic. One other good thing about my new barn, only 3 boarders so usually NO traffic.
So as long as I can see, it's not pouring down, not bitterly cold/windy, and the footing is decent... I ride. I struggle more with the rain in my face!!! What do you all do about that?
I would have ridden this weekend but it's been raining here since Thur (when I rode in it). The arena footing is pretty sloppy from 4+ days of rain (around 5 inches, I think). That is my one "no go"... if the footing is too sloppy/soft/slick. And forget about riding in the grass. That was even worse.
I'm sure I will need it once winter truly hits. I'll be playing it by ear on riding. Again, if the footing gets too hard, riding will have to be put on hold. If we have a warm spell and the footing is decent again, I'll ride. I don't clip him so that's not a factor.
Not to get too off topic, but what do you all do during the winter if you don't have an indoor??? I don't mind plodding around in the snow or on harder ground at a walk but feel I can't do much more than that.
Originally Posted by PNWjumper
Okay, I'll be the one who does it.
Every time someone posts about rain, a NW-ener comes on and says, "if I didn't ride when it rains I wouldn't ever get to ride!"
So, yeah, that. Well, maybe not "ever," but I'd have to quit riding in November and not start again until July
This made me . Love it!
Last edited by LSM1212; Dec. 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM.
Where I board there's no indoor, so yes, I do ride in the rain. Not in pouring rain, but a steady drizzle won't keep me off. The pony doesn't love it, but she won't act up, she just turns her head to look at me every once in a while as if to say "really? you NEED to be out here today?"
And we ride throughout the winter, as much as we can. Fresh snow is fun, but if there's a lot of snow and it gets packed down, then melts in the sun, it can get quite slippery. When the ground is too hard for jumping or hard work, we work on things like trail obstacles or lateral work.
She REALLY hates bad footing, so when the arena is really muddy, I end up cutting our work short, because it's too unpleasant for both of us if I have to force her through it. And because she's probably right, if the footing is sloppy or slippery, why risk injury for a one or two hour ride?
Where I am, drizzle/light rain doesn't exist. It pours for a while and then tapers off. But by that time, the footing in the ring is too slippery. I've had to text my barn owner on more than a few occasions to ask if the ring was ok. I'll usually take my chances if it looks like rain but hasn't started yet. Bad footing will always stop me. However, darkness and cold does not stop me.
I ride all winter outside. I don't jump when the ground is rock hard, but I think trotting and a bit of cantering on hard surfaces is absolutely fine assuming your horses legs/feet are healthy. I LOVE riding in the snow. Of course it depends on the type of snow you have, how wet it is, etc, but the footing can be wonderful, and gives more cushioning than frozen bare ground. Here we are about to take a log jump last year-- both having a BLAST.