Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – Winter Riding
That time of year is here again, raking out the thermal body suit to wear under your already increasing amount of clothing just to try and keep warm. Yes, winter is here! It is not only us humans that need to keep warm, but our equine best friends also need a little help with the colder weather creeping up. Indeed, we at the Crieff Hydro Riding Centre strive to ensure that our horses are kept healthy and well looked after during the Winter months.
Unfortunately winter weather means that as it gets colder, our horse’s coats get thicker and thicker, just giving him a pat will engulf your hand amongst all that hair! Although this hair keeps our pony warm, when we ride it seems to take only minutes before the sweat is pouring off us and our pony too, taking out enjoyment of riding as we know we will have to somehow dry them off before turnout!
A simple and relatively easy way to keep your fur ball of a pony cool under all that hair is to clip it off. Yes they will not look as cute sporting the half shaved teddy bear look, but they will thank you in the long run! For those who are new to the world of equines, or have not clipped before, there are various styles of clips available, each suited to the work load of your horse, from a simple bib clip for the ridden once a week, or the full blown hunter clip for those in hard work, where every inch of hair is clipped off. Remember there is always someone around to help and the internet is very useful for showing you what each clip looks like and what it is intended for.
The only thing you need to remember is, once you have clipped your horse, a nice cosy rug is required to keep him warm out in the field and in the stable. Clipping and Winter rugs can be ordered from the yard and advice is readily available if you have any questions about clipping or rugging.
Contact us at the Crieff Hydro Riding Centre, one of the finest riding schools in Perth, for expert information from our equine specialists on what we have to offer. Choose to explore the breathtaking Perthshire countryside with one of Crieff Hydro Riding Centre’s scenic hacks or enjoy some of the best horse riding lessons Perth has to offer. Perfect for guests of all ages, treat yourself to a Winter break horse riding in Scotland at the Crieff Hydro Riding Centre and enjoy an array of equestrian delights that you’ll truly never forget.
Happy Winter Riding!