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Love/hate relationship with winter.

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Quoting: Originally posted by trailgaiter43
What I hate about winter:
Not riding much.
Frozen hoof marks in the red clay that turn your ankle.
Frozen water buckets (I'm putting one of those insulated buckets on my list for Santa this year, supposed to keep thawed for 12 hrs in zero degrees).
Brushing the incredible amount of red clay mud out of my horses coat and then blowing brown boogers (nice huh?)
Cold leather seats!!!
Everything looks dirty unless there's a good snow on.
Stuck inside alot.
My heating bill.

Things I love about winter:
All the smells: when snow is coming, when snow is thawing, when a warm front is coming,the leaves on the ground, the barn.
Snow.
Deer season.
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Snuggling without breaking a sweat.
Doing anything without breaking a sweat.
Wearing my hair down for a change.
Warm, fuzzy P.J.s
Making a big pot of soup and feeling "cozy".
Hey Trailgaiter,
I thought Goochland cornered the market on red clay. Evidently I'm wrong. Be happy you don't have a grey.

Stay warm
Annie
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Annie. Maybe what you really need is a big, strong, warm cowboy to keep you feeling warm and tingly all over....LOL.

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What I like(not love) about winter;
the heated water buckets!!
The sound it makes when it snows
Fresh cover of the snow
Sleding!!
Warm PJ's
Electic blanket
Hot tub when it snows
Christmas (love that)
What I HATE about winter;
Freezing rain
and then the mud
short days and stuck inside more
the howling wind
is it spring yet???
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Quoting: Originally posted by starhorse
Well, I have returned from Minnesota. I was raised there and no more about snow and cold than I ever thought I would need or want to know. BRRRRRRRRRRRR. The days averaged around 3 degrees, the nights went below 0. I almost did not escape...snow storm was coming in as I was leaving. 6 to 9 inches of snow in one night. uggggggggggggh.

It was pretty. But I was soooo happy to leave that weather. When I arrived here there was no snow and it was raining. 65 degrees. Much better.

So, back to how to stay warm...I think the secret is in wearing layers. I can judge how cold it is by how many layers of clothing that I wear. I start out with the silk thermals (bottom and top) than start adding layers of wool. Anything that is natural wool or that fuzzy flannel stuff. Sometimes I have had 11 layers (including goose down vests, flannel, wool, wool, and more wool) the bottom gets the thermals plus winter breeches. I also wear 2 to 3 pair of socks. The bottom layer is thermal, than I add on the wool. I also have sub zero riding boots...as to the gloves, I take two pair with me in case one gets wet. In the cold winter they are snowmobile types... Than my face. Since I always wear a helmet, I wear a cashmere scarf and have a snowmobile face mask. This past year I decided I would no longer ride in the extreme cold. Anything under 35 degrees and I am staying up here with my cats...

It is during this time of the year that I wish I was back in South Florida.

When I was younger we used hot potatoes to keep our fingers warm when walking that mile to the bus stop. But than, we never knew it was cold. LOL. We looked forward to days above 0 and found that it was warmer if it was snowing and below 0. I have also had frost bite while doing my pprenticeship in So. Dakota. The skin on my upper legs, arms and face sloughed off.


As to steamy eyeglasses. There are wipes that help. (Sure they do...) It is easier to take your glasses off...

Thanks for reminding me of the cold. Please keep it where you are.
Welcome back Starhorse!

Woodroe told me to use the Jon-e(?) hand warmers. I still go with the activated charcoal warmers. They're warm and thin and fit on the bottoms of your feet and will still fit inside a tight fitting riding boot. I used to use them foxhunting, and loved them. I don't think the JonE warmers would fit. :-D They also have handwarmers, too that fit nicely into a pair thin gloves. Love them, but wish I didn't have to use them at all. As far as Woodroe's warmer, I would definately use them if I were going to be out in the cold all day and not riding. Won't get me up north this time of year.
Welcome back
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Well, I have returned from Minnesota. I was raised there and no more about snow and cold than I ever thought I would need or want to know. BRRRRRRRRRRRR. The days averaged around 3 degrees, the nights went below 0. I almost did not escape...snow storm was coming in as I was leaving. 6 to 9 inches of snow in one night. uggggggggggggh.

It was pretty. But I was soooo happy to leave that weather. When I arrived here there was no snow and it was raining. 65 degrees. Much better.

So, back to how to stay warm...I think the secret is in wearing layers. I can judge how cold it is by how many layers of clothing that I wear. I start out with the silk thermals (bottom and top) than start adding layers of wool. Anything that is natural wool or that fuzzy flannel stuff. Sometimes I have had 11 layers (including goose down vests, flannel, wool, wool, and more wool) the bottom gets the thermals plus winter breeches. I also wear 2 to 3 pair of socks. The bottom layer is thermal, than I add on the wool. I also have sub zero riding boots...as to the gloves, I take two pair with me in case one gets wet. In the cold winter they are snowmobile types... Than my face. Since I always wear a helmet, I wear a cashmere scarf and have a snowmobile face mask. This past year I decided I would no longer ride in the extreme cold. Anything under 35 degrees and I am staying up here with my cats...

It is during this time of the year that I wish I was back in South Florida.

When I was younger we used hot potatoes to keep our fingers warm when walking that mile to the bus stop. But than, we never knew it was cold. LOL. We looked forward to days above 0 and found that it was warmer if it was snowing and below 0. I have also had frost bite while doing my pprenticeship in So. Dakota. The skin on my upper legs, arms and face sloughed off.


As to steamy eyeglasses. There are wipes that help. (Sure they do...) It is easier to take your glasses off...

Thanks for reminding me of the cold. Please keep it where you are.

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Quoting: Originally posted by Woodroe_Call

That's me "straight laced" and unenlightened, with the exception of some Apple Pie and A Willie Nelson concert occasionally...
Woodroe!
Speaking of Willie Nelson, SEVERERAL years ago Willie Nelson played a horseshow grounds (a big Grand Prix jumping event was being held that evening). Anyway during the concert a helicopter landed, and Waylon Jennings came on stage (he was not in the line-up), so they had a joint concert. It gets better. During the GP they sat right behind me! It gets worse - I didn't ask for autographs. :-( I know - stupid me. How in the world they got to Commonwealth Park is beyond me. The guy that owned the place was from Texas, so I assume all Texans must have special powers that the rest of us only dream about.
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1 year ago
Quoting: Originally posted by Almostannie

Woodroe
I was referring to the "tripping" horses. I suppose if you guys have always been completely straight laced, then you wouldn't understand the blatant reference to substance abuse. tripping horses, tripping teenagers, tripping cokeheads, tripping deadheads, tripping potheads....... - If you ever went to a deadhead concert straight, then my condolences. If you still don't get it I will be happy to explain further if necessary.
That's me "straight laced" and unenlightened, with the exception of some Apple Pie and A Willie Nelson concert occasionally...

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Quoting: Originally posted by Woodroe_Call

WHUT wuz that comment you made to Montana 'bout detox?
Woodroe
I was referring to the "tripping" horses. I suppose if you guys have always been completely straight laced, then you wouldn't understand the blatant reference to substance abuse. tripping horses, tripping teenagers, tripping cokeheads, tripping deadheads, tripping potheads....... - If you ever went to a deadhead concert straight, then my condolences. If you still don't get it I will be happy to explain further if necessary.
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1 year ago
Quoting: Originally posted by trailgaiter43

Woodrow, Im having a rather hard time imagining "fifty below" and the word "cozy"in the same sentence together! My Jon-E would need to be about the size of a six-pack, at least!
It's just something you have to experience, saw it 70 below one time stayed that way for a week, you definately have to have a plan when you live in that neck of the woods.
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I Wish I Was A Bear...

If you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.
Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that, too.
You have babies the size of walnuts, and when you wake up they're cute and fuzzy and can play with their siblings.
If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too.
Your husband expects you to growl when you wake up. He also expects you to have hairy legs and excess body fat.
Yup - I wish I was a bear.
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1 year ago
there ya go, then if your fingers freeze and fall off ya won't even miss 'em!
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1 year ago
What I hate about winter:
Not riding much.
Frozen hoof marks in the red clay that turn your ankle.
Frozen water buckets (I'm putting one of those insulated buckets on my list for Santa this year, supposed to keep thawed for 12 hrs in zero degrees).
Brushing the incredible amount of red clay mud out of my horses coat and then blowing brown boogers (nice huh?)
Cold leather seats!!!
Everything looks dirty unless there's a good snow on.
Stuck inside alot.
My heating bill.

Things I love about winter:
All the smells: when snow is coming, when snow is thawing, when a warm front is coming,the leaves on the ground, the barn.
Snow.
Deer season.
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Snuggling without breaking a sweat.
Doing anything without breaking a sweat.
Wearing my hair down for a change.
Warm, fuzzy P.J.s
Making a big pot of soup and feeling "cozy".
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Quoting: Originally posted by trailgaiter43

Woodrow, Im having a rather hard time imagining "fifty below" and the word "cozy"in the same sentence together! My Jon-E would need to be about the size of a six-pack, at least!
Trailgaiter,
I thought the same thing - "cozy" and 50 below just don't jive. Six-pack, give me some of Woodroe's pie!
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1 year ago
Quoting: Originally posted by Woodroe_Call

A warmer 'bot the size of a pack of smokes and the had the fluid for it also same brand name you would fill the warmers with fluid same as a Zippo, then put the burner back on the base and light the wick, when it got started blow out the flame and put the top on had several holes in it and a small swivel hinge you could push away for lighting a cigarette, once lit they would put off heat for quite a long time depending on the size of the warmer. The belt was a cloth belt with a couple of pouches the warmers themselves came with red flannel pouches to carry them in, you would put the warmers in your pockets or the belt and the belt around your waist and each warmer was over the kidneys, rather cozy when it's fifty below...
Woodrow, Im having a rather hard time imagining "fifty below" and the word "cozy"in the same sentence together! My Jon-E would need to be about the size of a six-pack, at least!
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1 year ago
Quoting: Originally posted by Almostannie

Wow Woodroe-
I had one of those when I was a kid. Didn't think they made them anymore. HM
Annie
Neither did I these I have been in my camping box for ever, you did see them in all the stores in the sporting goods dept. like I said I haven't seen them in ages. So when I seen your last post I did a search Just do Jon-E hand warmers and there are all sorts of places you can still get them Cabelas ect...
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Quoting: Originally posted by Woodroe_Call

A warmer 'bot the size of a pack of smokes and the had the fluid for it also same brand name you would fill the warmers with fluid same as a Zippo, then put the burner back on the base and light the wick, when it got started blow out the flame and put the top on had several holes in it and a small swivel hinge you could push away for lighting a cigarette, once lit they would put off heat for quite a long time depending on the size of the warmer. The belt was a cloth belt with a couple of pouches the warmers themselves came with red flannel pouches to carry them in, you would put the warmers in your pockets or the belt and the belt around your waist and each warmer was over the kidneys, rather cozy when it's fifty below...
Wow Woodroe-
I had one of those when I was a kid. Didn't think they made them anymore. HM
Annie
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1 year ago
Quoting: Originally posted by Almostannie

Hey Woodroe!
What is a Jon-E warmer and a kidney belt?
A warmer 'bot the size of a pack of smokes and the had the fluid for it also same brand name you would fill the warmers with fluid same as a Zippo, then put the burner back on the base and light the wick, when it got started blow out the flame and put the top on had several holes in it and a small swivel hinge you could push away for lighting a cigarette, once lit they would put off heat for quite a long time depending on the size of the warmer. The belt was a cloth belt with a couple of pouches the warmers themselves came with red flannel pouches to carry them in, you would put the warmers in your pockets or the belt and the belt around your waist and each warmer was over the kidneys, rather cozy when it's fifty below...
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Quoting: Originally posted by Woodroe_Call

Annie,

Having spent most of my life in the northwest, I can't say I hate winter but just learned to live with it, I don't miss it...but I could always find a shade easier than I could someplace warm. I still have a couple of those old Jon-E warmers and kidney belt, usta see them all over much better than the charcoal warmers.
Hey Woodroe!
What is a Jon-E warmer and a kidney belt?
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1 year ago
Quoting: Originally posted by Almostannie
What I hate about winter.
Frozen water troughs (don't use de-icers), but do use a hammer and neoprene gloves. Frozen ground - for obvious reasons. COLD - too many ugly clothes. Blankets, though they do make grooming a lot easier. Cold hands and feet - combated with the activated charcoal hand/toe warmers. Can be purchased at the grocery store for @ $1.50. They only last about 5 hours, but well worth the cost. Hats - make my hair look terrible once they're off. Fogged up glasses. Horses acting stupid.

What I love about winter. Christmas, no flies, frozen manure - makes stall cleaning a breeze.

What are your love/hates of winter, and what do you do about them?
Annie,

Having spent most of my life in the northwest, I can't say I hate winter but just learned to live with it, I don't miss it...but I could always find a shade easier than I could someplace warm. I still have a couple of those old Jon-E warmers and kidney belt, usta see them all over much better than the charcoal warmers.

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