Winter weather is like a bad cold. Once you get it, it seems like you just can’t get rid of it. My area had a tatse of spring this week, sunny, 80 degrees, light wind and then WWHHAAAMAMM . . . winter was right back. Cloudy 20 degree weather with wind chills in the single digits. BBBrrrrrr!!!!
I have never really let cold weather stop me from riding. What stops me from riding is the cut to the bone wind chill. I could probably ride a short while before my face freezes off, but is it worth it? If the frigid wind sucks the breath right out of your lungs, isn’t it doing the same to your horse? I’m not at a facility that has a heated enclosed arena. So on those extremely cold late winter days, I find other ways to keep me and my horse tuned up.
How? By doing some ground work. You don’t need much space and it doesn’t take a lot time to show some results. If there is a nice open space, the south side of the barn provides a nice wind break. You can teach your horse to give his head, move laterally or do a light longe workout. You could start teaching him to spin on his forehand or on his haunches.
Taking time to refresh the basics is always a good investment of your time with your horse.