Brrr. Last winter our last ride was in November, right before deer hunting. The days are so short and we are busy with work and kids and everything else. Sad. It's hard for me to find the time to bundle up for a ride, and tack up, ride, and cool down, do chores, etc.
This winter I would like to ride a little more. I plan on getting some lined Carhart overalls or the bib overalls to wear for riding and chores. My Columbia snow pants are not going to cut it for winter riding. Not warm enough and not tough enough. I have the big endurance stirrups, so boots should fit into those okay.
I plan on going bareback so I can stay warmer, and cut down on tacking up time. However, if my son goes he rides my mare, and I am not sure I want to ride the gelding bareback. Maybe if we get some fluffy snow I would feel safer. They are also both buddy sour, so it's kind of a pain for me to go alone. It's not a fun pleasant ride, it's snorting and balking and shying and dancing and having to constantly hold the horse back to a walk. Maybe I can pony the other one, but that never solves the problem. Also, if the get nervous and sweaty, I have no good place to cool them down out of the weather. We only have a 3 sided shed.
I will not trailer, most likely, just stick around the house. If it gets too icy then there will be no riding until spring.
Painted Horse, I am planning my next vacation at your place.