Alaska certainly is stunning. The only thing I miss about my former non shepherd lifestyle is being able to travel. Things being how they are now, shepherd or no, I don’t want to venture too far from home. Thanks for the photos.
For winter, once snow was deep enough to be annoying, we would bring the horses up to the barn paddock. We have a large barn that they could run in and out of as they wished.
I fed them hay outside. I cut a hole in the hay loft, so I could toss the hay into the outside paddock.
Water was in an insulated and heated (well, deicer) trough inside the barn.
They would get super fuzzy... I never blanketed them.
The only issues were
#1, when I stupidly bought a quarter horse x thoroughbred. Thin skin, hard keeper, also hooves weren't the best.
#2 my Caspian could NOT help himself... EVERY spring he would get overly excited and dance about on the ice and pull something. So every spring I would have to shell out for a horse massage lady. No joke. 2 to 6 times before he was back to right.