I DID get to ride! I lunged him, since it was 21* and he has not had a saddle on in about 4 months...got on, and he was shaking his head and pinning on ear like it was hurting. When I finally got him to stop(seemed like a long time, but probably not), I got off, rubbed his ear, and lunged him some more on a more frozen area, so he would GO, and not slip. He fell down anyway.....then got up and resumed his big trot.
When steam was coming out of his nose, I finally got on and rode up by the tractor implements, then headed up the trail out of my backyard. Here, the big white POLAR BEAR came around the curve behind us, (she had BEEN behind us the whole time), and he jumped, the started running sideways, laterally, towards the trees. They are little cedars, and threatening my knees, and head, but I yelled at him and he saw that it was the SAME danged DOG that goes EVERYWHERE with us, so he stopped. Whew!!
We stood a feww moments(I am telling you, this "training method", patent pending, the video will be available soon, works like a charm), and I turned him up the trail, and we had a nice little ride. When I came back to the barn, I worked him a bit on neck reining, and we ended the ride beautifully. I probably worked him a good hour and a half, which was more than I originally intended, but mostly walking.