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warming up until winter rides
Driving through the winter can be a challenge if you are living in a cool meteorological environment. Below are a few hints to take the cooling down from the shed and the driving as well. Carry shifts. You should be aware before going out to the stable whether you are about to eat and look for the horse or whether you will be going after it.
When you are not doing exhausting stable work or training your horse, wear heavy clothing. Use a lightweight backing that wicks perspiration away from the skins (polypropylene or satin are two choices) and continue with a mid coat of fleece insulation or a synthetics that isolates without much volume.
While you are out on the trails, wrap a small watertight box or zipper pocket with matchsticks, additional thermal insulation and a "ceiling". Heat it up. Good care before horse back training warms you up and also helps to heat your horse's muscle. Inspect the hoofs of your horse during the cleaning routines for frost or frost if he has been outside.
Whilst you care for your horse, wear your horse's bridles under your coat to heat the teeth, or wind them in handwarmers. Or look at The Bitten Store's little warming device - which works as a warming for your whole physique or can fit into your trouser pockets if you use it as a handwarmer. Allow additional cooling for your horse after a horse outing.
When your horse is getting a clip, you should use a crotchet plate - it will fall over his back and keep him a little bit warm during riding out on colder days. When wearing isolated ankle-boot, make sure that you can move them freely in the stapes. Think about ordering oversized brackets for use in the winter season. Please take the liberty of stretching and warming your muscle before you climb into the seat.
Give your horse lots of warming up space before you begin a hard training routine. When you are going on a long trip, wear a Camelbak (beverage dosing system that you wear like a backpack) or similar to transport your rain. In winter you can easily become dehydrated, making it more prone to subcooling and freezing.
For your horse too, having enough drinking soda is a problem. Research shows that when horses are given hot drinking waters, they tend to have more to eat in winter than when they have ice-cold waters. Watch out for watertanks and pails (watch out for cleanliness and freedom from ice). Reduced hydration may raise the chance of developing Colics.
You can take a ride on really cool nights. Inspect your horse, then take your turn and go to a hot saddle room or your home and do a little cleanup on a cool one. Whitewash the pieces (Listerine makes them a little dirtier and more disinfectant), clear headstands and tacks and inspect them for signs of wear on leathers or cracked clasps.
Perform a security clearance. Hike through the hayloft and meadow to look for icy roads and dangers. Blend hacksaw dust and de-icer into molten ices and absorbing humidity and inspect plumbing when cold temperatures are forecast. Remember the objectives for you and your horse, schedule visits to some winter hospitals and horse shows and create a monthly schedule of things you will do to achieve your objectives.
Delight in your horse. And even if you only have enough spare tire to breathe a little bit of equine or just want to relax and hear some stable noise for a while, it can help you charge your battery for the next glittering wintersday, when winter ride is best. In the December 2005 edition of Horse & Rider magazines, take a look at the latest roasted equestrian clothing and accessoires in "Weathering Winter".