I just saddle up and ride my QH LOVES it so much! He's been outside for the past 5 years and when I get on he knows what to do. We have cantered around and on a trail where there was ice and he know what to do as he was a ranch horse, so he knows what to do.
Has your horse ever seen snow? All of my horses have grown up here so they know what its like. I have a friend that got a horse from georgia and he had no hair like ours up here and he had to get extra thick blanket this past winter but he slowly grew hair.
Well some winters are easier to ride than others,snow just gets too deep but living in Alberta you learn to live with the snow & make the best of it Love nice sunny warmer days of winter,riding in snow can be great fun!!