Winter Fitness

How do you exercise your horse during the winter months?

Daily Turnout
Light Riding
Hand walking/longeing
My horse stays out on pasture all winter
My horse stays in full training during the winter

Total votes cast: 905

Comments & Write-in Answers

Someof them also get light riding once or twice a week, weather permitting.

12/15/2013 11:21:46 PM

hand walking with an added light riding

12/15/2013 11:05:57 PM

I ride if the weather is over 10F and no ice blowing sideways.

12/15/2013 9:50:34 PM

run in shed

12/15/2013 8:42:01 PM

plus flat work, hacking and some jumping depending on the weather

12/15/2013 12:22:43 PM

She's pastured, but I ride her when I can and longe her as well.

12/15/2013 9:30:40 AM

out of the 5 choices i will do 4 of them depending on the temp.

12/15/2013 9:10:28 AM

I try to work on groundwork at least weekly during the winter to keep their mind tuned.

12/14/2013 5:54:55 PM

also hand walking and minimal turnout

12/14/2013 12:46:29 PM

Also ride, lounge, hand walk/graze in addition to 24.7 turnout.

12/14/2013 11:51:04 AM

Full training and 24/7 turnout with a shelter.

12/13/2013 4:54:20 PM

Mine's off during hot mos. & starts up again late fall.

12/13/2013 3:00:38 PM

light riding AND daily turn out

12/13/2013 12:26:21 PM

24 hr turnout, all year long

12/13/2013 10:55:27 AM

Plus regular turnout, weather permitting

12/13/2013 10:53:23 AM

In Phoenix, winter is riding season!

12/13/2013 9:39:00 AM

Outside 24/7 all year round.

12/13/2013 9:01:31 AM

Pasture 24/7 with light riding and/or groundwork

12/12/2013 9:28:42 PM

We have a long run on a hill with a good, steady grade. My gelding amuses himslef galoping this hill

12/12/2013 8:48:17 PM

walking and longeing in the snow; we often ride to the local bars, the horses love it!

12/12/2013 7:02:31 PM

and riding

12/12/2013 6:49:55 PM

In S. Cal...

12/12/2013 5:12:08 PM

She's 27 and gets light riding exercise all year round.

12/12/2013 4:41:42 PM

Short days biggest problem , rarely get extremes of weather here

12/12/2013 1:30:22 PM

And I hand walk.

12/12/2013 12:28:28 PM

Depends on the weather. If single digits or below zero longeing and light riding.

12/12/2013 11:55:46 AM

Also light riding, weather permitting

12/12/2013 11:52:48 AM

daily turn out combined with light riding

12/12/2013 11:47:16 AM

2-3 times a week at an indoor arena; out on pasture w/blanketing the rest of the time,

12/12/2013 11:21:39 AM

Keep on "Paddock Paradise" track system year round, so naturally move much more! Very healthy!

12/12/2013 11:01:01 AM

24 turn out, light riding when footing permits

12/12/2013 10:42:15 AM

along with light riding/longeing weather permitting.

12/12/2013 9:51:23 AM

turnout & a fairly regular riding schedule

12/12/2013 9:42:13 AM

Full training but varied according to incliment

12/12/2013 9:26:01 AM

with light riding on roads

12/12/2013 9:09:52 AM

Light riding and daily turnout

12/12/2013 8:13:18 AM

turn out and once-twice a week longing

12/12/2013 8:09:34 AM

We, fortunately,have an indoor arena :)

12/12/2013 8:02:02 AM

This is the first winter I've taken this approach of less work

12/12/2013 7:43:03 AM

mine are yearlings so get turned out through the day and go for a walk once a week

12/12/2013 5:37:35 AM

I also exercise mine lightly at the weekend, a little light road work or grazing in hand.

12/12/2013 5:33:38 AM

I ride lightly, turnout (indoor arena) and hand walk/ longe :)

12/11/2013 10:47:42 PM

California weather doesn't provide much of an excuse.

12/11/2013 10:30:42 PM

my horse is out 24/7 in a large turnout of varied terrain and as long as the footing is good we ride

12/11/2013 9:46:03 PM

I live in Northern California and the weather is always gorgeous. Plus my barn has an indoor arena.

12/11/2013 9:38:10 PM

Only have a small dry lot paddock. Supplement turnout with walking, longeing, lt riding

12/11/2013 9:32:29 PM

Living in a Northern US, winters are difficult!!

12/11/2013 9:30:47 PM

A combination of training techniques with all day turnout

12/11/2013 9:27:49 PM

easy short trail rides and is kept in an in-out

12/11/2013 8:46:27 PM

I ride my horse for 2 hrs every day unless it is Icy

12/11/2013 8:21:33 PM

Depending on weather!

12/11/2013 7:51:42 PM

Used to ride during winter until I moved. Boarding now and no safe place to ride in winter

12/11/2013 7:51:10 PM

all of the above are alternated depending on the weather conditions.

12/11/2013 7:34:20 PM

Hi today -2ºF, wind chill -25º. Horses w/blankets more willing to move about vs staying in shelters

12/11/2013 7:29:13 PM

All our horses have 24/7 choice to be inside or out.

12/11/2013 7:26:18 PM

My horse is in a stall with a 100 foot run. But I ride him at least 4 times a week.

12/11/2013 6:40:07 PM

A horses natural enviroment is OUTSIDE !! Period , but must be conditioned to do so .

12/11/2013 6:00:54 PM

I am foxhunter

12/11/2013 5:53:14 PM

My horses are stalled at night and turned out all day. They are ridden lightly, weather permitting.

12/11/2013 5:32:32 PM

my horse has a shelter and a nice turnout area to move around, along with weather permitted riding.

12/11/2013 5:14:54 PM

Lives out, lightly clipped, rugged; occasional days hunting, regular hacking when ground suitable

12/11/2013 4:35:33 PM

Plus hand walking/longeing 6 days a week

12/11/2013 4:22:41 PM

Turnout during the day, preceded by walking machine, evenings: riding hall, weekends: rides out

12/11/2013 4:08:33 PM

Daily turnout plus light/moderate riding and foxhunting

12/11/2013 2:55:20 PM

Winter is the best time for riding in Florida, that's when my horses get the most exercise.

12/11/2013 2:36:19 PM

occasional hacking

12/11/2013 2:18:57 PM

I generally don't ride if it's below freezing. That cold air is not good for a horse's lungs.

12/11/2013 2:17:44 PM

Light riding in addition to all-day turnout (unless there's ice)

12/11/2013 2:04:36 PM

I live in southern California

12/11/2013 2:00:23 PM

Too cold to ride with no indoor

12/11/2013 1:56:44 PM

The only time mine spend in the barn is with bad weather sick or injured.

12/11/2013 1:35:20 PM

daily turnout, but light riding a few times throughout the winter months

12/11/2013 1:14:59 PM

I also do a little light riding, but I'm kind of a wimp, so not very often.

12/11/2013 1:07:58 PM

my horses come in twice daily for feed in AM and PM-out the rest of the time

12/11/2013 12:56:42 PM

Mild climate no change in riding from season to season.

12/11/2013 12:16:34 PM

Daily turnout, light riding weather permeting, and haul out for lessons once or twice a month

12/11/2013 12:02:14 PM

when weather permits, we go for strolls on the trails or around the pasture. Not enough to sweat.

12/11/2013 11:14:11 AM

combination of turnout, light riding and training 3 days a week.

12/11/2013 11:02:11 AM

My Horses are turn out all the time and on mild days they are ridden

12/11/2013 10:53:16 AM

In addition to light riding, he has free access to his large run (15x150).

12/11/2013 10:14:09 AM

Horses at my stable get turn out 14 hrs/day in the winter to keep them moving in addition to riding.

12/11/2013 9:59:05 AM

Consistent turnout & a lighter riding schedule.

12/11/2013 9:40:15 AM

They have a pasture, plus in Dallas it is often nice enough to ride.

12/11/2013 9:04:45 AM

living in northern Michigan our Barrel season is short. Thay get a couple months off to be a horse.

12/11/2013 9:03:53 AM

Ride early, trace clip, if riding late, then try not to get them sweaty.

12/11/2013 8:29:28 AM

I continue to ride when I can, but my horses are also out 24/7

12/11/2013 7:26:27 AM

Daily turnout and riding 4-5 days/week

12/11/2013 6:37:17 AM

My horses full training is only 3-4 days per week

12/11/2013 1:09:48 AM

I also ride them, just not as often as in summer and fall.

12/11/2013 12:14:58 AM

With shelter out all the time.

12/11/2013 12:04:55 AM

Skjoring! Fun for me while building her back & butt muscles.

12/10/2013 11:52:20 PM

It would have to be a combination of daily turoout and light riding. My horse had arthritis so daily

12/10/2013 11:43:46 PM

I live in Central FL. so that makes it possible for them to stay out. They love and I do too.

12/10/2013 10:51:22 PM

The same as in the summer - lucky to live in Hawaii!

12/10/2013 9:55:25 PM

Live in a very hospitable climate

12/10/2013 9:55:08 PM

indoor rings are priceless

12/10/2013 9:49:16 PM

Road walks and arena work 4x weekly

12/10/2013 9:37:13 PM

Daily turnout with light riding as often as work schedule and weather allows

12/10/2013 9:29:13 PM

Also light riding if weather and footing permits.

12/10/2013 9:29:09 PM

My horses are retired. One is 28yo with cushings, the gelding is 16 yo with chronic laminitis. Both

12/10/2013 8:57:29 PM

I do not stall my horses... they have freedom of movement with a large, well-bedded run in shelter.

12/10/2013 8:50:13 PM

I ride occasionally. They are always turned out.

12/10/2013 8:39:26 PM

my horses are turned out daily during the winter and stay in light work

12/10/2013 8:24:27 PM

I live in FL and it's more comfortable to ride in the winter.

12/10/2013 7:48:50 PM

My horse lives outdoors and we ride every day unless it's raining or muddy.

12/10/2013 7:32:11 PM

Also longeing, indoor riding, trail riding

12/10/2013 7:25:37 PM

If too cold he has the day off or walk/ lightly trot him bareback or on a lounge line for 10min

12/10/2013 7:18:03 PM

just the same as the rest of the year .

12/10/2013 7:11:20 PM

If the weather permits being in south Texas really helps.

12/10/2013 7:06:10 PM

Daily turnout plus track workout 3-4 times per week.

12/10/2013 6:56:31 PM

Out on pasture, but they have access to stalls 24/7, riding and ground work.

12/10/2013 6:54:05 PM

and lots of ground work

12/10/2013 6:41:15 PM

Always on pasture, riding depends on the weather

12/10/2013 6:30:01 PM

and light riding

12/10/2013 5:54:31 PM

My 25 year horse gets daily turnout on 40 hilly acres. He maintains great condition.

12/10/2013 5:52:55 PM

They stay out except to eat their grain or bad weather. Pretty easy to get fit in the spring.

12/10/2013 5:50:11 PM

Extensive mountain trail rides every weekend usually 5+hrs , plus out in field other than in rain or

12/10/2013 5:46:16 PM

On days when the weather is too bad for turnout the horses get time in the indoor arena.

12/10/2013 5:38:30 PM

I ride at least 5 days a week. 1 day schooling, 4 hacking mostly in trot/canter. plus turnout.

12/10/2013 5:22:44 PM

I will also do some hand walking and light longeing, depending on the ground.

12/10/2013 5:21:06 PM

my daughter rides once a week. i will lunge the mare 2-3 times a week for 15 minutes

12/10/2013 5:20:32 PM

I also ride in the winter and do ground work with him

12/10/2013 5:06:41 PM

I ride in a local indoor & take lessons 2-3x per week and they are turned out (weather permitted).

12/10/2013 4:56:10 PM

Outside horses get enough exercise-barn horses get light riding and turnout time in the indoor arena

12/10/2013 4:49:10 PM

Primarily daily turn out, with some light riding (2-3x weekly), and some ground work (3-4x weekly).

12/10/2013 4:42:37 PM

only do light riding as hes a baby and dont want to push him but he also gets turnout most days too!

12/10/2013 4:39:12 PM

The roads are too icy to take my pony for walks, but he has a controlled diet so he doesn't get fat.

12/10/2013 4:37:01 PM

I also keep riding mostly at the walk with a little trotting to keep horse legged up.

12/10/2013 4:31:57 PM

Winter is riding season in Florida

12/10/2013 4:23:35 PM

My Thoroughbred stays in as close to full work as possible without an indoor arena.

12/10/2013 3:14:27 PM

With daily turnout, weather permitting.

12/10/2013 12:11:13 PM

They only come in for the very worst weather; they get very antsy if in for a day or more

12/10/2013 11:05:24 AM

We play with our guys all winter. Our horses pull us on our snowboards, and we go trail riding.

12/10/2013 7:50:25 AM

with special consideration during zero weather.

12/10/2013 7:49:30 AM

ACtually daily turnout at least 5-6 hours, alternating with light riding and/or longeing

12/10/2013 7:42:45 AM

My mare (26) is retired but has long walks to and from huge pasture.

12/10/2013 1:30:39 AM

Our usually mild Arizona winter has been rough this year-mostly doing ground work

12/10/2013 1:13:56 AM