Originally Posted by cless12
Okay so winter is approaching quickly here and I live in Wisconsin so the snow and the cold are ALWAYS unpredictable.
What drills or exercises do you guys do during the winter???
I do have an indoor areana but I am not going past a trot because it does get slippery in there easily
Trotting is still a great way to keep your horse legged up.
Lots of bending, circles, figure 8's, spirals. You can also trot over ground poles or low jumps (really keeps those hindquarters in shape). Make sure no matter what you do, that you keep your horse collected and hind end engaged.
I myself do not have an indoor arena, so I stick to mostly straight lines for outdoor winter riding, careful to avoid ice patches. Deep soft snow is an excellent workout; even just walking. Warm-ups and cool-downs are longer because I don't clip or blanket. 10 degrees F or colder is usually no riding for me, just because I have a difficult time keeping my toes and fingers warm.