Join Date: May 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I think it depends on the temperature, not just the snow - seems to me like the snow only balls in their feet when it's close to thawing. If it's REALLY cold, I haven't noticed it being as much of a problem.
Be very careful when bridling a horse in the winter - if the bridle has sat outside for a while (or is stored outside) the bit will be VERY cold. Make sure you warm it up in your hands before putting it in your horse's mouth. Or, if you can ride with a halter or hackamore - I switch to a rope halter for most of the winter months just because then I don't have to worry about the cold bit.
Be a little cautious of how hard you work your horses when it's really cold outside - if they're very sweaty, then they can easily get chilled, but a good cool-down walk and brush should help.
Riding bareback in the winter is so much fun! It's a lot warmer, plus if you fall landing in snow is a lot softer than dirt!