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Good Winter Riding Habits
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Good Winter Riding Habits

In the winter, it gets pretty cold; here are some tips for winter riding habits. For your horses, you should definitely put on a quarter sheet before you ride-at least while warming up your horse. This keeps them partially covered and helps them keep warmer, and also improves durability. It can also be removed easily once you have warmed up. 

Another good winter habit is warming your bit a little before putting it into your horse's mouth. I know I would not like a freezing cold, hard piece of metal forced into my mouth in the winter. To warm up your bit, you can rub it between your hands-I suggest having gloves on for this- and/or putting it under warm water for a few seconds. This is definitely more comfortable for the horse and a good tip to keep in mind.

For the rider, wearing gloves is always a good idea. I know from experience that tacking and grooming a horse without gloves in the winter is PAINFUL. Wearing a big, warm winter coat is a must as well. If you're without a proper coat, it will leave you very cold when riding and that makes you stiff and your horse will pick up that tension. You can always take off your coat once you've warmed up a bit from riding around. I also like to wear under armor underneath my numerous layers of clothing. Thick socks are good, too, I know my toes get frozen when I ride sometimes.

And lastly, before dismounting, walk around on a loose rein. Kick your feet out of the stirrups, and wiggle your toes and ankles around for at least two laps. If you just come to a halt and try to  dismount without walking around for a bit, it will hurt your toes and ankles and feet SO badly when you try to dismount. So walk around for a little, wiggle your toes and ankles, and come to a halt and slowly and carefully dismount, making sure you bend your knees on the way down. If you keep in mind these tips, you'll always have a fun, safe, and hopefully warmer ride despite the chilliness outside. :)


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  1. Chestnut Mare
    Chestnut Mare
    Voted. This is brilliant advice Isabel, that everyone should follow. It is currently freezing over here, and snow everywhere (here in Britain) so all horse-owners should observe this! I think that these things are easily overlooked. You might be interested in my latest blog, A Horse of A Different Colour? Please check it out and vote if you like it.
    1. Izzy Wilder
      Izzy Wilder
      Thanks for the comment! I appreciate you almost always writing thoughtful and nice comments :). I will definitely look at your posts. Yours never disappoint! :)
  2. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Love the tips, especially about wiggling your toes & ankles before dismounting. Ooo it stings so bad when you slide down on stiff feet/ankles. lol Voted! Please checkout my blogs Spring Cleaning & Hay! It's what's for dinner & vote if you like them. Thanks!
    1. Izzy Wilder
      Izzy Wilder
      Can't wait to read your post! Thanks for voting for mine!!

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