I understand your pain! I live a long ways away from school so by the time I get to the stable it's pretty dark...not to mention freezing! Luckily, I have an indoor arena! But, I also work a couple nights a week at the stable. Since it gets dark so early I have to start work earlier so I'm not in the middle of nowhere alone (stable is isolated) and unable to see. We also have wild animals that like to come out at night so I gotta be careful with that. Not to mention that I have this pesky thing called homework that has to get done...I'm with everyone else on here, though! I want those longer days again! Horseback riding definitely takes commitment. I tell people my sport never ends- it's year-round!
If I don't have a lot of time I sometimes just lunge Tessa since it takes so long to warm her up and then cool her down. Or I'll throw my saddle onto Sebastian, our "barrel horse" (like, he's a literal barrel) and practice my riding on there. No horse to groom, tack up, or cool down lol.
"Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?" ~Job 39:19