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HOW COLD IS TOO COLD TO RIDE?

On the fence about riding in the cold? Read on to fi nd out where you should draw the line.
LASSI MATERO/SHUTTERSTOCK

Winter may not be prime time for riding, but even when cold temperatures feel neverending, show and trail season will come back around before you know it. It benefi ts both you and your horse to keep a little fi tness going this season. What winter riding considerations should you keep in mind?

COLD IS RELATIVE

One person’s idea of too cold may be another person’s “just right.” “Horses are amazing athletes, and actually do quite well in cold weather,” says Carolyn Hammer, DVM, Ph.D., professor of equine science at North Dakota State University. “When you think about horses around the world, they are exposed to a variety of temperatures. For instance, 20°F might be considered unbearably cold to riders in the South, while riders in the far North may not see temperatures above 0°F for the majority of the winter.” What exactly is “too cold to ride?” You may be surprised.

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