The past few weeks have been great riding weather 50s, with little wind, and a lot of sunshine . . . I course I knew it wouldn't last. This weekend has been cold and cloudy with some spattering of snow. I can only hope that we have a repeat of last year with a mild winter, but the Farmer's Almanac is predicting cold and snowy.
Winter riding in Michigan can be a challenge if you don't have an indoor arena. I've managed to be able to ride most winters by keeping a good sand base in my round pen, and not rooting it up too much when we first get snow. I wait until the temperatures get consistent and then use the pen - that way when the temps dip you don't get a a lot of uneven frozen footing.