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Winding Down

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When do you start winding down from your summer riding levels?

August
1%
13
September
7%
67
October
15%
146
November
25%
242
December
14%
135
Never, my horse has the same workload year-round
39%
379

Total votes cast: 982

Comments & Write-in Answers

What off season?

9/8/2008 9:50:23 PM

Ride

9/8/2008 7:43:03 PM

training and muscle building

9/8/2008 6:35:29 PM

Handle what ever Mother Nature has in store

9/8/2008 5:22:29 PM

Hack out, lighter dressage

9/8/2008 4:01:50 PM

I wind up at summer's end as the weather cools down some and I can work my horse more during the day

9/8/2008 12:59:19 PM

Stick to my training schedule

9/8/2008 10:14:11 AM

summer is my off season, but still ride

9/8/2008 1:30:03 AM

Clean up ,repairs ,keep working on manners and exercise .

9/7/2008 9:08:56 PM

ride bareback around pasture and go to the gym

9/7/2008 8:56:04 PM

summer is off season

9/7/2008 8:18:15 PM

trail

9/7/2008 7:09:45 PM

relax and watch TV for a change =)

9/7/2008 2:50:50 PM

Hunting

9/7/2008 12:19:41 PM

we don't show, but do trail ride at different places thoughout the year

9/7/2008 11:02:26 AM

pleasure riding only

9/7/2008 8:46:45 AM

Read about horses

9/7/2008 2:01:12 AM

Work just as hard

9/6/2008 9:14:34 PM

fall,winter & spring is my on season

9/6/2008 8:12:09 PM

Actually, here in the South we DON'T ride in the summer!

9/6/2008 7:20:45 PM

increase levels in fall

9/6/2008 6:38:44 PM

ride on nice days. ski

9/6/2008 2:56:53 PM

groundwork and ride on good weather days.

9/6/2008 1:32:57 PM

no indoor, so we have to wind down when it gets cold

9/6/2008 11:16:01 AM

more indoor riding, less trail. Spend alot of time cleaning up stables from summer crazyness.

9/6/2008 9:38:52 AM

light riding

9/6/2008 8:58:27 AM

still ride just less because of wind or rain, I live in sunny southern ca.

9/6/2008 1:32:03 AM

Due to unpredictable weather, I usually stop riding Oct/Nov. Dec - March I work on ground manners.

9/6/2008 1:07:21 AM

we work on the same ideas but the lessons are not as intense

9/5/2008 11:14:21 PM

groom him, talk to my horse

9/5/2008 11:01:08 PM

down tme for horses-snow shoeing for staying in shape

9/5/2008 9:51:06 PM

School

9/5/2008 7:52:48 PM

recently moved to larger boarding stable with indoor arena,etc. so hope to ride more!

9/5/2008 7:36:15 PM

Bad weather is a factor that will determine my riding routine.

9/5/2008 6:35:48 PM

january he is off

9/5/2008 5:36:09 PM

we do the opposite here in fla. Its too hot until about sept.

9/5/2008 3:49:21 PM

work around the house more

9/5/2008 3:04:18 PM

Excise them

9/5/2008 2:12:14 PM

In door ring! still gets a work out or bordom sets in!

9/5/2008 1:58:25 PM

Trail Ride to the Max!

9/5/2008 1:56:46 PM

We ride and train no matter what the weather in Eastern U.S.; just allow for extra warmup

9/5/2008 12:10:16 PM

get fatter

9/5/2008 6:25:27 AM

hibernate

9/4/2008 11:55:02 PM

tax preparation

9/4/2008 11:04:42 PM

still ride, play with them,teach tricks

9/4/2008 10:54:53 PM

school

9/4/2008 10:21:34 PM

fitness instead of training

9/4/2008 10:00:38 PM

Living in So Fl makes the season all year long!

9/4/2008 9:44:19 PM

i try to keep things interesting for my horses and do different activities

9/4/2008 9:34:43 PM

Lots of grooming, short walks, talking to them, "playing" with them, and working hard to keep them c

9/4/2008 9:30:32 PM

use indoor arena for play and fine tuning

9/4/2008 8:47:44 PM

still ride but not as hard

9/4/2008 8:32:58 PM

I don't show but once the footing goes bad, am unable to trail ride until spring.

9/4/2008 8:02:09 PM

Now that summer is coming cooler weather we can get some serious riding in here in Florida.

9/4/2008 7:53:41 PM

Just the opposite. Horses are off in the summer in AZ. Start to ride again in September

9/4/2008 7:17:26 PM

I dont I ride all year

9/4/2008 6:51:40 PM

I'm in the Southwest -- We are gearing UP for riding season here! Cooler weather's coming!

9/4/2008 6:48:54 PM

lunge, clean tack, super grooming,

9/4/2008 6:37:56 PM

I live in North Central Florida--I ride in all seasons BUT summer!

9/4/2008 6:31:11 PM

trail ride, indoor arena, groundwork

9/4/2008 6:20:14 PM

move to a facility with an indoor arena

9/4/2008 5:32:27 PM

my off season is the summer - it's HOT in NC!

9/4/2008 5:29:25 PM

What do you mean? FALL is the best time to ride!

9/4/2008 5:23:50 PM

break horses to ride & drive

9/4/2008 5:01:24 PM

I ride more in teh fall winter than the summer No grass to mow means more saddle time

9/4/2008 4:56:26 PM

ride as much as possible

9/4/2008 4:40:52 PM

catch up on chores

9/4/2008 4:34:29 PM

Keep on riding!

9/4/2008 4:20:47 PM

ride whenever weather permits, and the ground is not frozen

9/4/2008 4:01:01 PM

Once the time changes and I no longer have daylight after work

9/4/2008 3:59:02 PM

we hend to ride more during the months that are not so hot

9/4/2008 3:19:27 PM

I live in Florida...actually ride less in the hot summer and more in winter

9/4/2008 3:18:03 PM

I slow down when the ice starts

9/4/2008 3:01:51 PM

ground work

9/4/2008 2:49:53 PM

Assess equipment & facilities. Do groundwork with the horses. Gather tax records.

9/4/2008 2:30:30 PM

In Phoenix area, September is when we can START riding more again

9/4/2008 2:09:50 PM

When the snow flies, they are done

9/4/2008 1:21:51 PM

My horse and I prefer the cooler months!

9/4/2008 1:03:16 PM

Rather ride in the snow than the heat and bugs

9/4/2008 11:24:27 AM

Since I'm dependent on the weather I ride whenever I can year round.

9/4/2008 11:19:46 AM

Farm Maintenance, marketing for the following spring season

9/4/2008 11:18:51 AM

try to stay warm

9/4/2008 10:57:03 AM

Ride whenever the Colorado weather permits!

9/4/2008 10:15:26 AM

In SoCal, if it rains, the horses kick back & I clean tack. I like "winter" riding!

9/4/2008 8:11:04 AM

Trail Ride

9/4/2008 7:56:03 AM

work em till they die

9/4/2008 7:45:46 AM

There's an off season?

9/4/2008 7:18:38 AM

it's hunting season...so we don't ride anymore out side the arena

9/4/2008 7:00:23 AM

My horses get a break from August to October and then get fit for the indoor jumping over winter

9/4/2008 5:05:56 AM

sleep and feed horses

9/4/2008 3:20:40 AM

dang snow!

9/4/2008 1:08:20 AM

ride

9/4/2008 12:17:38 AM

I plow a lot of snow.

9/3/2008 11:55:59 PM

The "off" season is my favorite riding season

9/3/2008 10:43:34 PM

trail ride

9/3/2008 10:34:48 PM

horse is in sunny s fla and is kept in light work all year...we show in the winter!

9/3/2008 10:34:03 PM

Ground work -lots of ground work

9/3/2008 10:26:12 PM

lots of grooming and love!

9/3/2008 9:58:14 PM

groundwork

9/3/2008 9:46:56 PM

arena riding

9/3/2008 8:32:41 PM

except when it's really HOT!

9/3/2008 7:27:12 PM

If the weather premits otherwise Oct.

9/3/2008 6:54:36 PM

I have a young daughter in swimming now so riding takes a back seat...

9/3/2008 6:51:14 PM

work in the stockyards

9/3/2008 6:47:01 PM

n Florida it is WAY to hot to ride in the summer so my riding level STARTS in September

9/3/2008 6:42:55 PM

nothing special

9/3/2008 6:31:51 PM

sept is last show, then yearly trail ride to end the year right

9/3/2008 6:29:57 PM

get ready for the next

9/3/2008 6:12:23 PM

same, only less because of cold and rain

9/3/2008 5:40:00 PM

trail ride till the ice hits our area

9/3/2008 5:28:47 PM

walk, turn out, groom, and otherwise exercise my horse

9/3/2008 4:23:37 PM

ride in winter clothes

9/3/2008 3:35:45 PM

RIGHT BEFORE DEER HUNTTING SEASON

9/3/2008 3:10:55 PM

I don't show so my routine doesn't change.

9/3/2008 3:10:22 PM

only the winter winds stop us

9/3/2008 3:03:18 PM

Continue with arena work, and do lots of hacking!

9/3/2008 2:58:46 PM

Ride indoors covered arena, depends on how cold it is.

9/3/2008 2:53:07 PM

We don't wind down till the time changes. Off time....read and learn!

9/3/2008 2:46:41 PM

I have endurance horses - ride season is just starting! :-)

9/3/2008 2:46:15 PM

watch all my Parelli DVDs and plan for the spring

9/3/2008 1:33:51 PM

we ride fall trail rides, winter field trials, spring shows... too hot in summer for any of it.

9/3/2008 1:27:38 PM

Unfortunately school starts again : ( !!!!

9/3/2008 1:13:10 PM

clean stalls

9/3/2008 12:46:42 PM

lots of hand-walking, ride when there's no ice, or snowmobile without the horses

9/3/2008 12:34:31 PM

feed, muck out, feed, muck out, feed, muck out.......

9/3/2008 12:21:11 PM

We ride lighty all year. Actually ride more in spring, fall and winter when temps are less humid.

9/3/2008 12:15:01 PM

school, livestock is usualy being born

9/3/2008 12:13:52 PM

Fall is the best time to ride

9/3/2008 11:50:21 AM

We are winding up, not down, for foxhunting season

9/3/2008 11:43:26 AM

I ride all winter if it's above 30 and not too windy!

9/3/2008 11:38:48 AM

RIDE WHEN ITS NICE,REMOVE SHOES FOR WINER

9/3/2008 11:13:05 AM

ride in a tiny indoor

9/3/2008 10:55:40 AM

Year around in California!

9/3/2008 10:53:14 AM

Groundwork, ride in nice weather

9/3/2008 10:26:27 AM

I ride more in the winter months.

9/3/2008 10:21:35 AM

work on skills for new events next season

9/3/2008 10:16:19 AM

I deal with mud and manure chores all winter.

9/3/2008 10:01:28 AM

what summer riding, too busy, too hot - fall is the time to step it up!

9/3/2008 9:55:33 AM

Work--I teach college.

9/3/2008 9:49:55 AM

Feed them

9/3/2008 9:48:42 AM

just trail ride 1-2 times per month

9/3/2008 9:47:00 AM

My level increases in the autumn months when it's cooler and the bugs are gone, until ice comes.

9/3/2008 9:18:24 AM

As a trail rider, summer is my off season in Middle Georgia.

9/3/2008 8:40:42 AM

Summer riding in Texas is the worst time of the year.

9/3/2008 8:38:17 AM

Try to ride indoors or thru the snow drifts!

9/3/2008 8:21:03 AM

Usually November/December when the temperature drops below 32

9/3/2008 8:14:20 AM

I ride more in the winter than I do at other times of the year

9/3/2008 8:12:54 AM

Ride depending on how cold it is.

9/3/2008 8:09:04 AM

more ground work, desensitization, line driving

9/3/2008 7:54:17 AM

indoor ring work

9/3/2008 7:52:32 AM

Continue to ride/train. Keep muscles up and functioning. Go to FL to show sometimes.

9/3/2008 7:48:18 AM

read horse journals & plan my horsey schedule for the coming year. Clean and condition tack.

9/3/2008 7:36:02 AM

Schooling for the next show season

9/3/2008 7:33:53 AM

We ride more in cool months. A lot easier on all of us.

9/3/2008 7:32:59 AM

Weather affects the amount of riding, not the month

9/3/2008 7:26:27 AM

in florida, we start winding UP as the summer heat drops

9/3/2008 7:13:47 AM

My horse has bone spavin in both hocks so I need to ride him dailey if possible.

9/3/2008 7:09:42 AM

depending on weather

9/3/2008 7:05:08 AM

Live in Fla. Year round riding.

9/3/2008 6:48:37 AM

hacking

9/3/2008 5:47:26 AM

We ride in So Cal unless it rains and it very seldom rains!

9/3/2008 3:49:05 AM

indoor sj

9/3/2008 3:28:59 AM

clean

9/3/2008 2:58:03 AM

in fact, in Phoenix,AZ, riding really starts in mid October

9/3/2008 2:39:07 AM

continue w 3/4x weekly, ride out earlier, slower pace, stronger hills. In cool a day or 2 of arena

9/3/2008 2:15:31 AM

deal with MUD, my horse eats

9/3/2008 1:58:20 AM

Mainly ground work..some riding.

9/3/2008 1:42:59 AM

trail ride or indoor arena when too cold

9/3/2008 1:33:47 AM

Compete

9/3/2008 1:10:02 AM

Fun in summer - training in winter

9/3/2008 1:00:18 AM

muck stalls and don't love it! Thrice the work and no fun of riding in this heavy rain area of CA

9/3/2008 12:16:38 AM

Why should it change?

9/3/2008 12:12:32 AM

Take lessons

9/3/2008 12:02:49 AM

fox hunting begins in the fall and goes through spring

9/2/2008 11:56:32 PM

Go to horse clinics, ride occasionally and watch horse training DVDs with friends.

9/2/2008 11:26:26 PM

Ride on the dyke, ride in the outdoor ring if it isn't too soggy.

9/2/2008 11:21:52 PM

haul to a local trainer's barn to ride on weekends

9/2/2008 11:21:37 PM

I live in Hawai'i, we don't have an off season.

9/2/2008 11:19:46 PM

We spend the month of December and part of January riding at the beach and the Croatan Nat. Forest

9/2/2008 11:16:37 PM

work on groundwork in limited daylight after work. clean tack:)

9/2/2008 11:07:53 PM

Unless it is way cold I still ride

9/2/2008 10:56:00 PM

When its too icy to ride anywhere

9/2/2008 10:54:20 PM

My mule still pulls a harrow or cart at least twice a week

9/2/2008 10:46:32 PM

Depends on the icy/snowy weather

9/2/2008 10:42:23 PM

I ride more Sept to June than I do in the summer, just too hot in July and August

9/2/2008 10:32:36 PM

Ride when weather permits

9/2/2008 10:30:36 PM

Work as a teacher and have less available hours to ride in the fall.

9/2/2008 10:27:25 PM

Once deer firearm season starts, riding mostly stops

9/2/2008 10:16:47 PM

Ride indoors

9/2/2008 10:16:12 PM

Texas is HOT! Our riding levels increase in October when it's cooler

9/2/2008 10:13:53 PM

Endurance year round, but with 3 horses.

9/2/2008 9:34:40 PM

training, riding as conditions allow

9/2/2008 9:33:34 PM

Trail riding all year. In the off season we ride in the snow.

9/2/2008 9:30:17 PM

Have no indoor, ride as footing allows

9/2/2008 9:30:14 PM

This is Florida. We can *start* riding again about the end of September!

9/2/2008 9:30:06 PM

Large indoor and hearty rider-we go all year round

9/2/2008 9:00:00 PM

School!

9/2/2008 8:52:03 PM

Ha! We're both laid up right now -- at least it's at the same time.

9/2/2008 8:42:39 PM

Read, attend Equine Affaire, plan next year's riding season and stay warm!

9/2/2008 8:34:43 PM

In Florida, August and Sept are tough. Back to full work in October at latest.

9/2/2008 8:30:31 PM

I ramp up my riding when hot buggy summer is finally over and our very nice fall arrives.

9/2/2008 8:29:09 PM

As a southeast endurance rider, our season just gets going in the fall and continues until spring.

9/2/2008 8:26:34 PM

feed!

9/2/2008 8:22:54 PM

swim

9/2/2008 8:19:47 PM

Being in the south, I ride more in winter than summer

9/2/2008 7:53:34 PM

I ride LESS in summer due to the desert heat!

9/2/2008 7:49:47 PM

Continue caring for 27 horses...reading, doing some artwork, and catching up on association paperwor

9/2/2008 7:26:51 PM

southern hemisphere april/may

9/2/2008 7:24:40 PM

I board where there's an indoor arena during the coldest months

9/2/2008 7:23:54 PM

Read horse magazines/books

9/2/2008 7:20:02 PM

Actually, my horse gets a slow down in the summer, as winter and spring are our busy times.

9/2/2008 7:05:24 PM

When the snow starts to fly

9/2/2008 7:00:31 PM

Weaqther and terrain permitting, the same all year 'round

9/2/2008 6:55:26 PM

I live in Southern CA

9/2/2008 6:49:46 PM

I trail ride until the weather gets too cold and rainy

9/2/2008 6:46:21 PM

can`t take the cold

9/2/2008 6:44:24 PM

My horses and I move from our Midwestern farm to out ranch in South Texas, and keep busy year around

9/2/2008 6:42:56 PM

when we start getting into our rainy season

9/2/2008 6:33:50 PM

I am puzzled by question. I ride year round.--it's not a seasonal sport ,it's a life.

9/2/2008 6:30:44 PM

It really depends on the weather.

9/2/2008 6:30:33 PM

I continue riding when the weather permits.

9/2/2008 6:28:03 PM

we continue to work through the winter about 2-4 days a week.

9/2/2008 6:18:13 PM

I trail ride, so my riding schedule picks up once the weather cool down.

9/2/2008 6:12:18 PM

Weather permitting, I ride year round in New Mexico.

9/2/2008 6:07:26 PM

attend Quarter horse congress. fun shows

9/2/2008 6:02:58 PM

I'm a dressage rider, I don't wind down. I just stop practicing tests.

9/2/2008 5:58:00 PM

Just spend time with them, groom take care of threr needs.

9/2/2008 5:57:15 PM

no indoor, so scale back to trail rides, groundwork

9/2/2008 5:51:29 PM

I ride less because I am back to college full-time, work part-time, and am a step-mom. T

9/2/2008 5:50:38 PM

I live in AZ Just getting started! Until May

9/2/2008 5:50:03 PM

Do groundwork, tricks and games

9/2/2008 5:48:23 PM

Ride when weather permits, pull shoes and boot the front

9/2/2008 5:46:11 PM

Work on flat indoors

9/2/2008 5:42:36 PM

Too hot to ride in the summer in VA!! Just started to ride again!!!

9/2/2008 5:41:31 PM

I don't show - I'm an avid trail rider....we ramp up in the fall !

9/2/2008 5:37:27 PM

Kids go back to shool and don't come out and ride as much

9/2/2008 5:34:32 PM

Summers here are so hot that riding & driving increase in the fall

9/2/2008 5:34:15 PM

ride on the beach

9/2/2008 5:33:53 PM

pull shoes, continue excercise but much less intesnse,massage, and turn horses out to R&R in pasture

9/2/2008 5:27:42 PM

I pick it up in fall winter and spring, trail riding, winding down in the heat

9/2/2008 5:25:32 PM

clean tack and get caught up on chores that were let go because of hot weather in Calif.

9/2/2008 5:25:12 PM

After the H/J Finals, so mid to late Sept

9/2/2008 5:18:27 PM

I live in the South, so I probably do more riding in winter than in summer

9/2/2008 5:13:09 PM

pray for a short winter!

9/2/2008 5:11:58 PM

Ride when I feel like it, strictly for pleasure. Get caught up on stuff around the farm.

9/2/2008 5:07:23 PM

Spend time training indoors instead of trail riding.

9/2/2008 5:07:12 PM

didn't ride much this summer. mare abscessed early so we just ambled around and relaxed.

9/2/2008 5:06:23 PM

Continue to practice at a slower pace - more trail rides and play time!

9/2/2008 5:01:15 PM

Only unrideable conditions keep me from riding my horse.

9/2/2008 4:59:49 PM

which is to say I hardly ever ride the poor thing

9/2/2008 4:59:48 PM

Work them in round pen when weather permits.

9/2/2008 4:58:29 PM

None of above. Okla summers are 100+. We slow down then and pick up in mid Sept

9/2/2008 4:57:59 PM

Still ride in Winter when it is safe!!

9/2/2008 4:51:29 PM

WE ride just s much or more depen

9/2/2008 4:50:21 PM

Chill out

9/2/2008 4:47:19 PM

Summer almost becomes our "off"season due to extreme heat. Winters are mild.

9/2/2008 4:44:52 PM

Watch training videos and catch up on my reading.

9/2/2008 4:41:05 PM

Ride if I can, otherwise catch up on house cleaning.

9/2/2008 4:39:21 PM

Our riding season starts in September and runs through April or May.

9/2/2008 4:37:21 PM

I still ride, maybe one or two days a week less In Minnesota we treat riding like any winter sport!

9/2/2008 4:35:30 PM

No off season in California

9/2/2008 4:28:00 PM

we ride fall/winter/spring, too hot in summer!

9/2/2008 4:24:31 PM

We live in Southern AZ, and ride from May to Sept. so we're just now coming into riding season!

9/2/2008 4:21:38 PM

summer-trail riding winter- FOX CHASING Tally ho!!!

9/2/2008 4:19:51 PM

Dream I'm at a horse show!

9/2/2008 4:16:52 PM

Off season? Ride, of course!

9/2/2008 4:16:08 PM

Fall is my favorite riding time!

9/2/2008 4:13:52 PM

ride in the barn

9/2/2008 4:09:09 PM

We don't ride much here in AR in the summer as we do in the spring and fall. It's just too hot!

9/2/2008 4:08:08 PM

Is there an Off season, I am sure my daughters youth rodeo horses and I would love to find it!!

9/2/2008 4:04:22 PM

Summer IS our off season in the Deep South!

9/2/2008 3:57:28 PM

brood. gain weight. take a trip south to ride.

9/2/2008 3:54:57 PM

I keep training all winter, but less frequently.

9/2/2008 3:53:10 PM

We ride year-round in southern California

9/2/2008 3:52:56 PM

Ride in the snow

9/2/2008 3:45:07 PM

Have an indoor arena and enjoy riding in the colder months than in the heat

9/2/2008 3:43:56 PM

horses get 12 hours of turnout for 60 days and lounging on rain days

9/2/2008 3:42:34 PM

I don't work my horses when it's too HOT. WV weather never gets too cold for my drafts.

9/2/2008 3:40:11 PM

when daylight savings starts.

9/2/2008 3:38:24 PM

I live in Arizona--summer is our down season! We pick up speed AFTER summer ends.

9/2/2008 3:37:52 PM

We live in the AZ desert. Summer is harder but we ride earlier in the day.

9/2/2008 3:35:47 PM

By workload I mean, consistent but light work 5-6 days/wk, which is crucial for a 20 yr old.

9/2/2008 3:35:39 PM

Light Work

9/2/2008 3:34:37 PM

My horses have off for 4 months, then it's back to riding! :)

9/2/2008 3:32:11 PM

Our horses show, trail ride, dio distance and fox chase - truly the versatile Arabians who work alls

9/2/2008 3:31:40 PM

Pull shoes and let everyone take a break

9/2/2008 3:31:10 PM

Even though my Appy is 9yo, we are in training for what he should have gotten early on and didn't.

9/2/2008 3:29:18 PM

Ride a friend's horse in a mounted drill team indoors

9/2/2008 3:27:31 PM

GROUND WORK

9/2/2008 3:26:40 PM

groundwork, reading, taxes

9/2/2008 3:22:51 PM

Decembre - March shoes are pulled and ice and snow set in.

9/2/2008 3:22:02 PM

Save for an indoor arena :)

9/2/2008 3:21:19 PM

It's Florida...we ride:)

9/2/2008 3:20:44 PM

Cattle Penning!

9/2/2008 3:17:54 PM

show in the summer, train in the winter

9/2/2008 3:16:50 PM

Living in Texas means riding all year round, just earlier during the summer months!

9/2/2008 3:16:14 PM

trail ride in the snow!

9/2/2008 3:14:25 PM

'Winter is for snow rim pads & ice studs. All terrain horse - smile.

9/2/2008 3:13:08 PM

Just as the Christmas parade season ends, my ponies and horses rest for the winter.

9/2/2008 3:12:29 PM

My horses are essentially retired, and enjoy being lazy

9/2/2008 3:09:23 PM

prepare for the holidays then head to Florida for the winter!

9/2/2008 3:08:09 PM

We are kucky to have a lot of great weather and can ride more longer.

9/2/2008 3:07:31 PM

I start training more when the weather cools off- I live in La

9/2/2008 3:07:16 PM

Fall is the best time to ride. In winter, when the high is in the teens, we hunker down and read.

9/2/2008 3:07:15 PM

i live in the south, so the summer is the off season

9/2/2008 3:06:33 PM

I actually start winding down when the first snow / ice storms hit. Last winter, we rode almost ever

9/2/2008 3:06:07 PM

Her in the South, we start riding MORE when summer is over!

9/2/2008 3:05:49 PM

shorter rides

9/2/2008 3:02:55 PM

I do more driving, and ground training, but I never stop riding.

9/2/2008 3:01:52 PM

In Texas the summer is the time I ride less because of the hot temps. We wind up for the fall.

9/2/2008 2:56:41 PM

Summer is the off season because it's so hot!!

9/2/2008 2:56:15 PM

Summer IS the off season in So. Calif.!

9/2/2008 2:55:27 PM

Summers are so hot here that we are just now really starting to ride

9/2/2008 2:55:20 PM

My horses are endurance horses. During the off season we work on dressage, jumping, calvary games

9/2/2008 2:54:56 PM

ride in an arena

9/2/2008 2:52:40 PM

Gets Too Cold after that

9/2/2008 2:51:30 PM

Flat work and trails

9/2/2008 2:49:07 PM

Just be with my horse and brush him and love him.

9/2/2008 2:47:21 PM

I do more riding in the Fall.

9/2/2008 2:46:51 PM

Since we are in FL wee actually increase riding/training in fall and winter due to cooler weather.

9/2/2008 2:43:39 PM

Snow shoeing

9/2/2008 2:40:41 PM

Clean tack, still ride. Hook up my Belgians to a sleigh. Winter sports for horses.

9/2/2008 2:40:16 PM

school

9/2/2008 2:38:52 PM

We're lucky enough to not have an off-season. We ride earlier in the summer later in winter.

9/2/2008 2:38:50 PM

I live in FLA, I wind down in the summer and wind back up in the winter (opposite)

9/2/2008 2:36:19 PM

FOXHUNT!!! That's why God made Horses & Hounds

9/2/2008 2:23:11 PM

it depends on the temp. and the light

9/2/2008 2:22:46 PM

When the days get so short that it's dark by the time you get home from work

9/2/2008 2:20:47 PM

continue riding in the indoor arena

9/2/2008 2:14:56 PM

Trail riding comes after the summer shows . . .great way to end the year!

9/2/2008 2:14:31 PM

Competition season ends in November and starts up again in March

9/2/2008 2:13:17 PM

slow down by Nov, little by Dec and off Jan - Mar

9/2/2008 12:55:51 PM

what off season?

9/2/2008 12:50:07 PM

Summer is my off season; we're foxhunters.

9/2/2008 12:32:35 PM

Only because i have to go away for school.

9/2/2008 9:31:10 AM