Winter conditioning and training?
I live in the central/northern USA where winters can be pretty harsh, below 20 almost every night and trust me, it is not very fun to be outside. =p
My three horses just live on pasture and hay (only hay in the winter, of course) and I must admit, they get quite the hay belly in the winter. They're already starting to get a little chubby!
We've already limited their hay source with a hay net that not only reduces the amounts they spill on the ground, but also makes them "work" for the hay a little more. (The hay bale/feeder is located indoors, btw)
However, they still become overweight through the winter, and I feel like I haven't done much about it.. I don't have an indoor arena, and most of the time the snow is like ice around here, so riding outside is kind of out of the question. Even lunging would be dangerous. :/
Anyone have any simple groundwork exercises that I could try this winter? Or something that I could do to help my horses get exercise while keeping them safe?
I do have an indoor round pen, but at the moment it's packed with hay bales. :/