I don't want to go!
With the snap of cold weather we have been having, it got me to thinking about riding in the cold. I know there are lots of folks that do it but I thought I would weigh in with my two cents.
When is a bad time to ride when it’s cold? I don’t think that it’s the temperature that matters so much, there are folks that it don’t matter how cold it gets their going riding. What I think we all need to think about is footing. If there is snow on the ground you want to be very careful, and even then things can happen. I remember one time I had cattle to sort in the pens. It had just snowed a little, and inch or so, I took my horse to the pens and started to work. It was cold and I got in a hurry trying to sort the cattle. My horse lost his footing twice, putting us both on the ground. I decided that was enough and went to the house. Gave the horse a little extra hay for his troubles.
Another time, the first time I ever rode in the snow, having a wreck, a wreck I did not remember having. I had a bit of a concussion. To this day I don’t remember what happened, I just found myself standing by our house pounding on the door. Kathy was a little worried to say the least.
The moral of these stories? If the footing is not good, snow and the like, take your time and go slow. Even then there is always the chance that your horse could loose his footing and get you in a wreck. I know that there are times when day working when you just don’t have any chose. But if you can avoid riding when the footing is bad you may be around long enough to enjoy it again when the sun shines.
Coffee time for me.
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