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Stormbeauty

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Stormbeauty says:

Winter Motivation

Hi,

Was just wondering how people are keeping motivated for the winter with the deep mud in fields, turning cold at night - not too cold, riding in dark ? keeping my horse clean is impossible the minute he gets turned out he rolls in the biggest mud patch he can find.

I find that on our yard a few on us are finding it hard to book indoor arena as alot of ppl are just booking 1 lesson after another so we go in the outdoor which we are waiting for lights to go up.

Working from 9 till 5 or sometimes later means that i can only ride in dark in week days.

I miss hacking out in week :(

What's everyones main aims for winter in terms of progression to do well............

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ellasmellaa

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ellasmellaa says:

Winter.. Bring on the Summer!

 Its my first winter as a horse owner and all is going great. I have no lights but use of a school so i am currently doing lots of free schooling and a but of lunging in the week with the odd hack. The weekends get me through the winter! Riding lessons, hacking and all day with my boy! I am also looking forward to the summer so we can work on his jumping! Bring on the summer!!! 

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CharParsley620

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Re: Winter Motivation

 We have no indoor school and the outside 'schools' aren't lit, so riding isn't an option which means Parsley is absolutely full of it by the time we get to the weekend. I hate winter, gah. 

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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cookiecrazy

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cookiecrazy says:

Re: Winter Motivation

I hattteee winter gahhh  Im not able to ride much at all. Now its like 3 times a week compared to everyday before :(

Merlin<3

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Stormbeauty

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Stormbeauty says:

Re: Winter Motivation

indoor and outdoor schools are really good. We are on a big yard so its good but will be difficult when everyone is trying to ride lol we have over 50 horses lol

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: Winter Motivation

I find it quite depressing through the winter and I think the horses do too as our yard goes down to three days a week turnout. For me - it is not the cold that that's the problem....it's the endless dark!!!

 

I try to keep up a good exercise plan with the horses, letting them have rest days on the days they are turned out. I make sure I hack out at the weekend, and I am lucky because my job has a degree of flexibility in that they give you time off in lieu instead of pay for over time...perfect for sneaking out for a hack in the winter!

 

My aim for the winter is to do soem indoor comps with Dulcie to get her used to going out and about  - we have our first dressage test on Sunday EEEEK! But hope to do some SJ too!

 

With Luna...its a matter of keeping her hock moving without too much school work.

 

Roll on Spring!

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Stormbeauty

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Stormbeauty says:

Re: Winter Motivation

yeah defo roll on spring, i just want to keep mine ticking over nicely with out hyper or crazy behaviour lol but we all know that we can always have our own way.

I will be looking forward to learning some new moves got a wicked dressage book n a brill instructor will going to look at that. I want to do some SJ as well indoor to liven up the normal boring routine of schooling lol

its good to know that your not on your own in terms of been frustrated! am going to buy some thermals this weekend ready and prepared. I have my excerise sheet at the ready so were all prepared. really not liking the muddy situation lol

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Winter Motivation

Lol Micki that's exactly the same as me! I do like the winter, crispy cold mornings and horses all snuggled up with their rugs on happily munching on hay, its such a cozy nice sound! I am lucky as Coco and Clan are quite happy living out 24/7 although they do have stables if they need them and they have a huge shelter which we bought a few years ago to get out of the elements if they want to. 

 

Well i have access to an outdoor floodlit menage at the yard over the road but it is sooooo deep, Coco hartes it and finds it really hard work and both my vet and remedial farrier have advised that I dont use it as it is so bad for their legs, especially as Coco has had problems with his foot imbalance, we dont want to put his legs under any negative strain. So slightly frustrating as the vet and farrier have both said he can increase his schooling now but it wont be long until I cant school in the field as it will be too wet and slippy and I can school in the evenings after work as its too dark when I get there! I do get to ride every Saturday and Sunday as well though and my mum takes him out once a week for a good hack so he will keep a level of fitness through the winter. I agree with everyone that has said its the klong dark nights and not getting to see my boy much in the daylight that I miss during the week!      

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Winter Motivation

 Lots of hot drinks and thick clothing!! is my motivation... I also love taking my pony for a early morning hack, its lovely when everything is cold and crisp. I also love the snow but it can be hardwork...

~Beauty is in the eye of the beholder~ ~Never judge a horse by its past,always look at what it can do for you in the future~

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Stormbeauty

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Stormbeauty says:

Re: Winter Motivation

I have made sure all the rugs are ready and near by and my thermals are out and ready! I have got this clothing called Under Armour which is basically what ppl train in when its cold outside they keep your muscles warm so you dont stiffen up or get prone to an injury! you can tell am engaged to a p.e teacher!!!! basically u put it under your clothes n it keeps u warm then u dont have to mess about with loads of layers. I noticed in our field they put straw down to try and absorb some of the mud and water as its really bad where they are  near the gate. Am glad there doin something and i spoke to guy who is maintaining lights and there going up next weekend! The depressive thoughts are going slowly! Just need the week to pass by quickly now lol

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