Winter training woes - your opinion please
At the end of Fall, my gelding was going pretty well under saddle. He is still a little green, but was progressing. Then winter hit and I cannot ride as often. It gets really wet and muddy here and it is just too slick to ride, especially for a young horse that may try something stupid. A large field is all that I have to ride in and there is minimal grass for traction. I do not have an indoor ring and he is not ready for trails.
So, is it better to ride when I can, which ends up with a schedule like, ride one day, get 4 days off, ride again, get 3 days off, ride 2 days get 7 days off. The point being, it is not consistent at all. Is it better, for the horse, to wait until I know that we will have 2 or 3 good days to ride with only a day or 2 off before I can ride again? This would mean that he basically gets the winter off. I hate letting any good riding days go to waste, but I didn't know if it was more stressful to the horse to be so inconsistent with the training.
I am looking for advice on riding and not what to do on the off days. He has had plenty of ground work and desensitizing and we spend plenty of quality time together. I just don't know if I should bag the riding until the field dries out completely (that means Spring) or take my rides where I can get them.