I guess it is all a matter of perspective. We can get between 6 and 7 months of winter here, so I have learned to enjoy winter riding. We don't ride when it's -40 with wind chill, but a calm -20 day isn't too bad if you are dressed for it. Clothing made for winter riding works wonders. We also usually ride bareback which is not only warmer, but keeps up our riding skills. Deep snow riding is an excellent workout for the horses and a lot of fun. We try to go for frequent, short rides when we can. The biggest issues I have with winter riding are the lack of daylight hours and ice. In December it gets dark by 4:30 in the afternoon, so riding after work / school is difficult, unless it is a clear moonlit evening with a good cover of snow. Lately, it has been unseasonably warm with frequent freeze / thaw cycles that are keeping the ground much slipperier than usual. We still ride, but carefully with lots of walk / trot and collection work.