horseylover1_1- I don't plan on showing or competing. I want to own my horses at home, ride them on my property and local trails. I am not a professional trainer and have no plans on giving lessons. However, I would love to someday build an arena (indoor or outdoor) to ride in as well...
newtrailriders- Thank you for your suggestions! Definitely freezing water is a concern; I would want any horses I own to have access to unfrozen water 24/7, even during cold weather. I have looked into heated trough and automatic heated waterers, and have read Acadianartist's thread about the value of a frost-free hydrant!
We do get a fair amount of snow and it can ice over; would you try to clear the paddock of snow with a snowblower so horses aren't walking over icy, slippy snow? I would also think you'd want to clear it so that your fence wouldn't be swallowed up by the snow. What kind of fencing would you suggest? Locally I have seen electric, wood and white vinyl.
-30 degrees sounds absolutely frigid! Where I am in Maine, I think we rarely rarely push negative -10 (the record where I live is -24). I am sure I am in for some very very cold mornings and nights! I am happy to hear that the horses did well in the cold.
I have no breed preference as to what I would like to someday own; I have ridden a Fresian, an Arabian, Paints, and Quarter Horses. Do those breeds do alright in cold weather?
What I want most in my horses would be soundness, good health and a suitable temperament and training for my riding ability. I am 5'8" and have recently ridden a 13.2 hh horse and a 15.1 hh horse, and I must say the taller one is more comfortable for me. (and I have to confess to having a silly color preferences- I adore bays, palominos and buckskins, but obviously color would be the last concern).
Sorry for my meandering post!