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Re: [RC] [RC-Digest] Vol: 03.0997 when is it too cold to ride - Chipnml

Hi Jon...I agree, it's the footing more than the weather.  Here in Minnesota we had a few days above freezing right after Christmas, then a quick drop which left all the roads icy, and the trails hard and lumpy.  I can't even lunge or ride my horses in the pasture.  I never thought I'd be wishing for snow, but we sure could use 3 or 4 inches.  Now that I've said that we'll probably be hit with 30 inches!
 
I find my own tolerance for winter riding decreases with age.  In my 20's I'd ride if it was above zero (Farenheit) and no wind chill.  Now that I'm in my 40's, 25F seems reasonable, just as a comfort zone for myself.  The horses could give a rip.  I remember the first year I competed, we had a ride that started out at 12F that morning, and I was sleeping in the back of my truck.  What we do for fun!
 
Chip