Updated: Jun 5, 2020
Hey, y'all! Sam here with a post answering a question that I used to ask myself: Is It Okay to Ride in the Rain?
Different people have different opinions on this. (This is just my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.) Yes. Yes, it is okay to ride in the rain. Now, before you leave because you disagree with me or something, let me explain.
It is okay to ride in the rain, but that doesn't mean you should ride in the rain. When it's just a slight sprinkle and you've been dying to get outside and work with your equine, well, that's one thing. When it's pouring rain, the ground is a lake, and you're sitting at the window wondering when everything will dry up, well, that's another thing.
I've ridden in the rain many, many times. I have galloped bareback in rain so hard that it hurts when it hits your skin. But, and here's the game-changer, it's not really about how hard it's raining. It's about how wet the ground is.
Have you ever witnessed a horse slip on dewy grass or get stuck in the mud? Let me tell you, it's not a pretty sight. The last thing you want is for your horse to be in that kind of situation.
If you have a covered arena (I'm jealous of you if that's the case), and you want to get out and ride, heck, nothing's holding you back! The arena's covered, so the ground's not wet, so there's less a chance of your horse slipping.
On the other hand, if you don't have a covered arena, and the ground is a lake, then you probably shouldn't be out riding. I mean, if you stay safe by walking, watching the ground, etc, then you probably won't have to worry too much.
If you have a road or something that you can ride on that's not too muddy, then knock yourself out. You can go as fast as you want to in the rain if that's the case. It's all about the ground.
Conclusion: Yes and No. Yes, if the ground isn't too wet. No, if the ground’s a muddy mess. Comment below on whether you've ridden in the rain, and if you'd like to start now! Sam out!