I have to slog through winter with no indoor as well. It certainly isn’t easy that’s for sure. Over the years I’ve found what winter layers work for me but the big thing for me is my feet. It really doesn’t matter what sort of winter boot I have on or sock combination, my feet always always always get cold. The only thing I’ve found that makes it bearable is those adhesive toe warmer things.
Where I keep my horse (self-care), there’s no indoor and unless there’s a decent amount of snow I’m forced to to schleep along on either concrete-like ground or if I’m lucky, snow covered ground. Added to the challenge is that by the time I get out of work, get home, change, feed kitties head to the barn, the earliest I’m in the saddle is 8pm, it’s usually more like 8:30pm. After a long day (on my feet, I’m a lab rat), crappy commute home, it takes a lot of discipline on my part and some days I just say the hell with it.
The last few years in MA there hasn’t been a ton of snow so it can get pretty dull. If it’s icy, I do have hoof boots that I have studs in. The outdoor ring at my barn when it’s frozen is pretty rutty so I have to ride around the barn and try to be creative. What I do find helps being able to listen to the radio/music and last year I bought a fleecey bluetooth headband that fits under my helmet. It doesn’t sit in my ears like regular earbuds and I don’t have it up loud so I can still hear things. My horse does ground drive so I like to mix that in a couple of days a week so I can walk my fat bass around and ease some of the guilt. My big goal was to jury rig some sort of ski joring set up if we ever get a decent amount of snow again. I also try to truck out on the weekends when I can. This summer I started using the Equibands and I’m hoping that using those this winter may help with his core as well.
I will say though, despite the winter hardships, my horse comes out of winter not too bad and found that I could get him up to speed in a relatively decent amount of time. I think it helps that my guy is a thoroughbred but I’ve been doing things this way for at least 15 years now.