Snow Day!

Snow and ice are causing havoc to my diary again! Yesterday I had to stop lunging as the temperature dropped enough to cause the water, sand, snow combination to start balling in hooves rather than turning to slush like it had been minutes before. Today I know one arenavwill be frozen solid because it was still covered in snow yesterday afternoon and it’s currently -4 degrees. So yesterday I planned to delay my first ride until lunchtime, as that arena usually holds up well in cold weather, and I’ve moved a lesson and ride to Friday, when it’s hopefully a bit warmer.
This means another quiet day for me, which I can never get used to! Perhaps it’s chance to finish the Christmas wrapping …

I always wonder though, ow do equestrian’s in Canada, Norway, and other snowy places manage? Are there particular pre-winter preparations that you make, such as changing the type or removing shoes? Are arena surfaces different to ours so that they don’t freeze? Are barns and stables designed with snow days in mind? I’d love to know.

The Rubber Curry Comb

Now I’m not going to try and outdo my Canadian and bloggers from other Snow-covered lands, but today is a snow day.

Yesterday afternoon we had heavy rain until the early hours of this morning and then it snowed. So this morning we woke to a faint smattering of snow, but more importantly, the rain that had fallen yesterday had frozen solid.

Now us Britons are renowned for making a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to snow, but ultimately we aren’t used to it so need to take various precautions.

I’m going to London this evening, so I had a short day anyway. Plus the fact that I’d had a cancellation due to illness and moved a pony from today to yesterday in order to fill in a gap in my day due to a lameness. So I only really had four “jobs” to do.

I don’t…

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5 thoughts on “Snow Day!

  1. We always take shoes off. When we were showing we actually gave our horses most of the winter off from riding. Otherwise you just ride when there’s good footing. A fresh couple inches of snow makes it pretty good. Or we haul or board where there is a indoor arena. 🙂

    • therubbercurrycomb Dec 12, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      I think the problem the UK has is that we are thoroughly unprepared for snow and go into panic.
      Looking at how snow and ice balls in shod hooves barefoot is definitely the best option.
      Indoor arenas are a bit of a luxury here; I wouldn’t opt for one generally because I’d only use it when it snows. At which point I think I’d rather go sledging!

      • If you smear a petroleum jelly in the inside of a hoof and on the shoe it helps keep down the build up of snow for awhile. Another options but is a bit pricy if you don’t get a lot of snow is rubber horse boots. 🙂

      • therubbercurrycomb Dec 13, 2017 / 7:51 pm

        Yes I told a client to try greasing her horse’s hooves if she wanted to turn him out. I’ve found that it can be a bit hit and miss. When it’s snow, it works, but if the snow has started to thaw then freeze it still balls up.
        Rubber boots are getting popular with barefoot horses, who incidentally don’t suffer with high heels in the snow, but I can see how they would help. The snow’s gone from round here now, and slowly melting with my parents in Wales. Then we won’t worry about it until next winter 😂

  2. ashleeandleena Dec 14, 2017 / 8:31 am

    Hey there fellow Horse friend! I am in Canada and this post made me chuckle. Love it cant wait to read more from you! I am following your blog for sure and will share your link on my blog 😀 Cheers!

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