Re: [RC] riding in the rain - DESERTRYDR1
If you wait for good weather to ride, you may never ride! You probably
wouldn't want to ride when its REALLY nasty, such as driving rain, 35 degrees
and 40 mile an hour winds. But going out in plain old rain isn't going to
hurt either one of you unless your already sick.
I wouldn't worry too much about working muscles getting wet, horses didn't
have barns to go into through all of their history. Besides, if getting a
horse wet was problem, do you think we would be sponging our horses off at
vet checks? The bigger issue is to keep from getting cold. I find that
polar fleece wicks the moisture away from your and your horse's skin, and
wool will keep you warm even if its wet. There are lots of new fabrics that
also provide warmth and wicking properties. Wear layers so that you can
adjust if you get too hot or cold. I never wear a rain coat because most of
them with the exception of Gore Tex get all clammy inside. If your walking
along and you start to get cold, try moving a little faster.
It can actually be fun riding in the rain. It will be easier to keep your
horse cooled down, and you can smugly tell yourself how devoted you are to
riding and keeping your horse conditioned while all those other wussies are
home dry and comfy in front of the fire. jeri (I must admit that weather
doesn't bother me, I just dress for it)
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