How to Ride Horses in the Snow

Riding in the snow on a horse is enjoyable but you need to take extra precautions to ensure that both horse and rider keep safe.


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    Know what kind of snow if it is. The type of snow impacts whether or not you should even be out riding. If the snow is crusty and icy, do not ride in it. If the snow is nice and light and fluffy, then it's perfect.
  2. 2
    Make sure your horse is comfortable riding in the snow. This may take gradual acclimatizing with short walks and rides initially, slowly building up your horse's confidence.
    • Your horse should have shoes on, as they add traction.
  3. 3
    Make sure that you are also comfortable riding in the snow. If you're a beginner, have someone else show you what to do.
    • Wear warm clothes.
  4. 4
    Ensure that your horse has a cooler on if you're just walking/trotting in the snow.
  5. 5
    Always ride with someone else. This is important in case of difficulties.
  6. 6
    Avoid riding too far away from dwellings in case you encounter problems. Take your phone with you.
  7. 7
    Do not jump in the snow. Be very careful when riding through snow that could be too deep, & disguise holes.
  8. 8
    Always be looking for ice patches.


  • It is recommended that you only ride a reliable horse in the snow.
  • Always be aware of your horse's mood when riding.
  • Snow is a great cooling substance for tendons and an awesome way to cool out a very hot horse as the snow will feel great on his legs.


  • A horse can slip or spook. Make sure you're able to handle that possibility.
  • Riding can be a dangerous sport, and riding in less than desirable conditions make it all the more so. Only ride in the snow if you are a confident rider with a good grasp of horse riding basics.

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