Snow Pads?

December 13, 2013

Over the past week we have had a few light snow storms, mixed with some ice.  Although we did not end up with a large accumulation, it has stayed cold, and the stupid white stuff is not melting.  Well, more precisely, It is not melting in the horse field, trails and areas I ride. The yard is fine!  AHHH.  Both of my ponies have shoes on, and both are walking on snowballs.  Which means I have not been riding. And that is driving me crazy.

Yesterday I gave in, and I hopped on Simon and rode him around the field, which involved him uncomfortably slipping and sliding.  He is very protective of himself and is extremely careful in less than perfect footing.   Not the most exciting ride to say the least.

Trail riding, that’s what I like to do on the weekends in the winter.  Spend my day, ambling through the woods, catching some beautiful views, spending time with my pony and my dog outdoors.  ahhh, I can feel the piece of mind already. Luckily I live in an area that has ample trails.  Unfortunately, the trails are all in the mountains, in the woods, and tend to be snow-covered even when the horse field is not.

Will we have a particularly snowy winter?  Shoot, it’s not even winter yet.  Will January and February be white?  Should I get snow pads put on when the ferrier comes out?

I have not tried snow pads before. I am aware that there are two main types of snow pads.  There are the traditional full coverage ones.  They pop the snow out, keeping them free of snowballs, but they cover the entire bottom of the hoof, preventing access to the sole. There are also snow rim pads, which I know less about.  I lightly read they are better for “snow and melt” environments where conditions change quickly.  I am sure Google will help me become more informed.  The ferrier is another great source of information on shoeing.  Duh. So I’ll also ask him.

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Riding in a T-shirt in the Snow

March 11, 2013

It was in the low 60s yesterday, and the snow was melting.

I took Simon for a light hack in the snow, while wearing a t-shirt.  It felt rather odd.

There was still a few inches of crisp wet snow, with a nice slick layer of mud underneath.  We kept our speed down and spent some time on lateral work.   It was kind of neat to see the tracks in the snow we were making on our leg yields and side passes.

Daisy had some fun romping around as well.

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