I grew up in Michigan, so having horses in Alaska is different, but its worth it to me. You have to be creative in some ways. There are beautiful places to ride around here with some wonderful trails, but you will likely need a trailer. I'm fortunate in that I have trails I can access from my house. Like lostastirrup said, its tough in the dark and cold but with a lot of layers, you can still ride. I ride my horse year-round, usually several times a week in the winter. You just need to bundle up well. My mare goes barefoot and I haven't had a ton of issues with footing, but we also have D1 gravel as good footing. The pastures/paddocks are smaller (way smaller) with not much grazing, so supplementing with hay and vitamin E is essential. The biggest change I had to make was the huge increase in cost. Everything costs more. Despite the challenges, I have really enjoyed having horses up here.