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  • #21
    Originally posted by ChunkyMonkey View Post
    I'm stuck riding outside for the majority of the winter, and at least for me, the more snow the better. It makes my guy work harder and have to sit back on his haunches without me asking

    When we only have a little snow he's the fire-breathing dragon mentioned by previous posters. I occasionally wish I had the option to give him winters off, but he's goes nuts after only a day or two off. Keeps me in shape having to work him every day.
    does your horse wear shoes? how do you keep the snow out if so? i just need to get through december, but its already a chore!

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    • #22
      For me, summer horse and winter horse are pretty much the same beast. He's a little hotter in the summer, but he never gets spazzy on cold days. He's a body clipped TB, too.
      Proud mother to Matt, a 18 year-old TB gelding.

      FOREVER

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      • #23
        Ehh, winter horse. Mine starts spooking at stupid stuff and has a huge attitude problem on the ground. He's great all summer and fall, but in the winter...so many "come to Jesus" moments.

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        • #24
          I'm a huge weenie in the winter!
          Last year once my mare and I finish at the OLD NA inspection she's pretty much had the entire winter off, which was a first for her and I. When I started bringing her back into work come early spring I could not believe the horse I had! Super willing, focused, and such a pleasant attitude!

          She doesn't get silly or anything with the cold, but she does get miserable once it dips under 10C (50F) and really gets crunchy. This year to try and help her out I bought her a BoT back warming to wear while I'm grooming, and a loin blanket while we ride and that really seemed to help her these last few rides. As for me....I'm still bitter. Thankfully though we have a pretty small, well insulated, indoor so once things get moving I'm usually riding around in a sweater.

          I don't think I'll give the mare the whole winter off this time around, but just stick to light rides and work on sharpening our transitions and get some no stirrup work in. .

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          • #25
            Originally posted by EmilyM View Post

            does your horse wear shoes? how do you keep the snow out if so? i just need to get through december, but its already a chore!
            IME there are snow pads you can get your ferrier to put on, it almost looks flat except for a "bubble" that's supposed to knock know out when they step, I thankfully can pull my shoes once I'm done showing.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by EmilyM View Post

              does your horse wear shoes? how do you keep the snow out if so? i just need to get through december, but its already a chore!
              He does, all the way around! I have some mushers wax that I use for my dog when we go hiking that worked wonderfully for him, so I tried it on my horse. Surprise surprise, it worked pretty well! It'll still build up after a bit, but I just ride with a hoof pick vaguely nearby that I can grab.
              Amazon.com : Musher's Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax, 200-Gram : Pet Supplies

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              • #27
                Interesting. I lack motivation when it gets dark earlier. Thankfully I have ring lights for my ring (outdoor) and try to trailer out 1nce a week to a local indoor (that is tough too, see prior "it gets dark" statement).

                However- interesting enough- my horse and daughter's pony don't turn in to "winter horses". They act generally the same, regardless. I have to ensure I am more consistent in the winter but neither are fire breathing dragons in winter (and my mare is a trak).

                I have to make myself ride now it is dark so early. I am always glad I did but it feels like a chore to actually get out there.
                Come to the dark side, we have cookies

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                • #28
                  Mine get time off when I don't have an indoor. They are usually quite naughty come January. But I think the break is good and frankly I find I'm mentally more excited to ride when I have the season to look forward to. In dark November and December I'm either burnt out from the season or just plain unmotivated; after work with the cold, bad footing, silly horses and darkness.
                  Blugal

                  You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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                  • #29
                    My horse is the exact opposite, he hates summer and is an a$$hole when temps are above 85. Admittedly, I'm the same. We're lucky to have each other.

                    When winter rolls around, he can stand around for 4 or 5 days, pull him out, and he's perfect. We had our first jump school in a month yesterday, again perfection, and snoozing during the breaks.
                    Move along.

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                    • #30
                      My mare is in full winter-horse mode - rude on the ground, flighty and spooky under saddle. Ugh. We have zero turnout around here in winter as all the fields are closed to protect them (Europe...*le sigh*) so winters off aren't an option. Luckily she's lazy so after 20-30 minutes of fire breathing dragon she suddenly remembers "oh yeah, i've worked in this indoor 1000s of times in the years I've lived here and now I recall that those jump standards don't bite, that corner isn't a black hole, and the door opening and closing isn't the jaws of h**l coming for me". She then proceeds to work very nicely for ~30 minutes until she decides ride time is over and I'd like dinner thank-you-very-much.

                      At least her antics warm up my hands faster as they're typically ice-cubes after tacking up

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by EventingMaff View Post
                        My mare is in full winter-horse mode - rude on the ground, flighty and spooky under saddle. Ugh. We have zero turnout around here in winter as all the fields are closed to protect them (Europe...*le sigh*) so winters off aren't an option. Luckily she's lazy so after 20-30 minutes of fire breathing dragon she suddenly remembers "oh yeah, i've worked in this indoor 1000s of times in the years I've lived here and now I recall that those jump standards don't bite, that corner isn't a black hole, and the door opening and closing isn't the jaws of h**l coming for me". She then proceeds to work very nicely for ~30 minutes until she decides ride time is over and I'd like dinner thank-you-very-much.

                        At least her antics warm up my hands faster as they're typically ice-cubes after tacking up
                        So glad (but not really) that someone else experiences this! I am also in Europe and the fields are closed. My horse gets occasional turnout in a small paddock, but he lives out basically 24/7 during the warmer months.

                        My little Spanish guy has been more spooky and just has a crap work ethic right now. He always starts wanting to trot like a sewing a machine and fly around the arena...then decides he is DONE. I think he also gets stiff being in the box all day. He has a minor stifle weakness on the mend, so this lack of turnout does not help!

                        I have a trainer riding him 1x a week to help keep us both in check in addition to a weekly lesson...but man can those bucks at the canter really tweak my back!

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                        • #32
                          Let me make a few suggestions to turn this frozen lemon of a season into Italian ice, so to speak. To begin, who feels pretty in winter? What with the holidays forcing eggnog and clam dip to our waists, our budgets blown with car repairs, and the certainty that death is just around the corner (maybe that's just me), there are few reasons to feel good about one's appearance. So why not celebrate ourselves with a beauty contest? Not a gender specific competition, but welcoming to all participants in what I call The Winter Monarch Contest. Stay with me...

                          Winners are based on the amount of clothing needed to stay warm. Layers are rewarded as are mud, manure, and snot stains. Speaking of snot, the more wheezing, sniffling, and/or crusty above the lip crud are also rewarded, throw in a productive cough drawn deep from the lungs, and you're looking at triple points. For those with hair, it should be the finest hat head hair in the county, flat, cowlicked to the side of one's head, maybe some pointy bits for flare.

                          And no beauty contest can be complete without a talent competition. Don't worry, no baton twirling required. In MY competition you have to do useful things like the Frozen Bucket Toss or the Icy Poo Fling. Fixing the manure spreader without gloves will earn bonus points, as will the most creative curses when horses escape as you're attempting to load round bales into their pasture.

                          Winners receive a hearty handshake, the respect of all other manure encrusted contestants, and a shot of bourbon. Then it's right back to work. Happy Winter to all!
                          Move along.

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                          • #33
                            from my time in SFL (where I used to be cold when I went that whole 60 miles north to WEF, the weather changes just south of wellie, I kid you not) we too had winter horses. And unlike everyone else who bought their horse to WEF, I (and my neighbors) had a horse who went to someplace reliably a few degrees cooler to show. It was solidly a first world problem, let me tell you...

                            So for over a year I have been putting off sending my horse off for driving training because a) inertia rules and b) I would miss him.

                            I finally got off my ass and made arrangements. He is off being educated, I am warm with only the retiree to take care of. And since I took him over the weather has sucked it mightily, starting with a ridiculous southeaster snowstorm. I feel like (for the first time in my horse owning life of 50+ years) a f'in GENIUS.
                            Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                              • #35
                                Do any of you all have to deal with the winter horse that thinks it's fun to buck and rear the whole time we are trying to productively get through a session of lounging?

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                                • #36
                                  I think I might have the only critter that I enjoy riding more in the winter than the summer? He mellows right out in the winter lol
                                  www.muskokalakesconnemaras.com
                                  Wonderful ponies for family or show!

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