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snow's done, now it's sliding off the roof!!!

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  • snow's done, now it's sliding off the roof!!!

    My poor Mustang has never been in an arena with slow sliding off roof and he was such a good boy. The first one sent him for a large spook, but then he got better after each time the snow slid off. Course by the time we hit over a dozen times and he only leaped a small amount I figured he deserved to be done. Of course when leaving I looked on the roof to see how much was left -- couldn't even tell that the snow had slid off at all --- I think I'm in for a long, spooky week. So how is everyone else dealing with the snow?

  • #2
    Bring a radio or cd player into the arena and turn it up enough that it will block out the snow falling off the roof!


    • #3
      In other words, turn it up until YOUR head explodes - and guess what??? Your horse will still hear the snow coming off the roof. It will just help to drown out your screams.


      • #4
        Just pat him and say "Don't worry, that sound is much less scary than if the roof collapsed instead."
        You jump in the saddle,
        Hold onto the bridle!
        Jump in the line!


        • #5
          I am reminded why I love living in Kentucky. I spent more years that I care to remember dealing with the sliding snow bucks, bolts, and spooks that are part of the fun of having an indoor in snow country.

          OP, sounds like your horse did pretty darn well all things considered!


          • Original Poster

            TBMaggie - that is way too fun and true!!
            MistyBlue - he is convinced the roof is collapsing on him. Although I 'd have to admit that he's grown up alot the past year. Last year he would of drug me through the ring every time he heard a scary noise.
            Gotta love having a horse with really big ears - they hear everything!!


            • #7
              Ear bunnies. When snow is sliding I stuff a bale of cotton into each ear. Of course then Ti spends so much time twitching his head that he trips and falls...
              F O.B
              Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
              Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique


              • #8
                I don't ride if i suspect the snow will slide off of the roof.Either ride 1st thing in the morning or in the evening when it is colder.


                • #9
                  Hahaha! This happened to me when I lived in PA.

                  I have had only a couple of experiences in my life where I really felt like my horse was having a complete meltdown. One was the first time I and the horse experienced snow sliding off the roof of the indoor. *Niether* of us had a clue about what was happening - it sounded like the roof was collapsing! Fun time!!
                  Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation


                  • #10
                    Oh man, Matt came to our current barn after the snow had melted. The arena has a cover-all roof and the snow sliding off can get pretty loud and echo-y. If he's spooking at the door opening, I'm screwed once the snow starts to slide...
                    Proud mother to Matt, a 18 year-old TB gelding.



                    • #11
                      Snow sliding off an indoor roof - the only time I have ever witnessed horse group hysteria.

                      I didn't even ride if it was happening. My horse hated it soo much.


                      • #12
                        I don't ride when it's melting like crazy and crashing. It's enough to give *me* a heart attack without the horse. I usually ride later in the evenings when everything is really frozen. I can't relax and enjoy my ride when it's like that.
                        Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**