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26 Reasons to Not Quit Horseback Riding Lessons in the Winter

Ellison is a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. She runs a summer camp program and offers kids a safe introduction to horses.

It looks beautiful . . . and a bit chilly!

It looks beautiful . . . and a bit chilly!

26 Reasons Not to Quit Riding Over the Winter

1. You will have to waste a lot of time in the spring refreshing your skills.

2. You don't want to lose all the muscles you worked hard all year long to build.

3. You will lose the muscle memory you learned that allowed you to focus on other aspects of riding.

4. The school horses need to eat all year long.

5. The school horses need their feet done all year long.


6. The farm needs income for the horses (to pay vet bills in the event of an emergency or illness).

7. Your trainer needs to eat all year long.

8. You may lose your lesson spot in the spring if you quit for the winter.

9. There are no flies to bother you or the horses in this season!

10. It is a great time to practice bareback riding, and the horse's body heat will keep you warm.


11. Horses are super cute in the winter with their fluffy coats!

12. You don't want to miss out on an opportunity to shop at the tack store for cute winter apparel.

13. You will lose all the riding muscles you worked hard all year to get!

14. You will lose the muscle memory that allows you to cue your horse properly.

15. Horses in the snow provide a lot of cute photo opportunities!

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16. You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to put reindeer antlers on your horse at Christmas!

17. Your trainer will love you.

18. You will be more prepared for spring shows than riders who didn't ride for the entire winter season.

19. You will have to throw away candy canes when you get sick of eating them after Christmas.

20. Winter provides an opportunity to learn unmounted horsemanship skills that are just as important as riding.

21. Think of all the riding you will get in if the winter is mild. Sometimes winter isn't so bad, so you don't want to quit and miss out!

22. If you ever want to own a horse you can't (or perhaps I should say shouldn't), ignore him when you don't like the weather conditions.

23. Going to the farm in the cold justifies stopping at Dunkin' Donuts for coffee and hot chocolate whenever you want.

24. You will get jealous when your friends talk about their lessons!

25. You don't want the dreaded stigma of being a "fair weather rider."

26. If you are truly horse crazy, you might die from withdrawal symptoms if you don't see horses all winter long!


All Joking Aside

I know some of the items on this list are a little silly and just for fun. The point though is that if you are dedicated to riding and improving your horsemanship, you need to ride year-round. That is the only way to keep making progress, keep the muscle memory you worked hard to develop, and keep your confidence up.

Horses Are a Year-Round Commitment

For you, riding may just be recreation—something that you do for fun when the weather is beautiful out. The problem is, the horses need feed and hay all year long. They need vet and farrier care. Not to mention, your trainer would probably like to be able to afford to eat and keep the lights and heat on all winter long. This is why the term "fair weather rider" has such a stigma that goes along with it. It is also the reason why trainers and instructors really appreciate the devoted clients who stick with their commitment to the horses all year round. Remember, to make the best time on your horsemanship journey you shouldn't take winter breaks!


© 2019 Ellison Hartley


Ellison Hartley (author) from Maryland, USA on January 08, 2019:

Thank you so much!

Michael Claffey from Coolaney on January 08, 2019:

Beautiful photographs, all the horses seem very happy, even in the snow, you must be really good with them. I liked your article, well written and such dedication. Well done! :)

Ellison Hartley (author) from Maryland, USA on January 08, 2019:

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the article! I hate winter, but have to admit that some of my photos taken in the winter are my favorites!

Laynie H from Bend, Oregon on January 08, 2019:

Love your photos in here...really beautiful and love reading this.

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