Winter can be a nice time to take a break from a hectic show season and give yourself and your horse a chance to re-energize. However that does not mean that you need to take the winter off. There are lots of things you can do during this slower time. I like to return to the basics and clarify or correct anything that may have been weakened during the busy show season. Sometimes when we get busy, we let things slide so it is important to go back to the basics often to reinforce the strong foundation that is vital to a good partnership between you and your horse. You should also take some time to check in on yourself. Are there any bad habits you have developed that need to be addressed? Maybe take a lunge lesson to improve your riding.
This can also be a good time to teach your horse something new. With things moving at a slower pace, you may have more time to devote to teaching a new skill to your horse. This could be a new movement such the half pass, pirouette, or piaffe, or maybe a new trick such as the bow or Spanish walk. Too cold to ride? Try some liberty work!
Take advantage of this winter, and do something fun with your horse!