Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Agreed with previous posts. There are some very creative ideas--I'll add them to my arsenal. I have my horses in the back yard, and I do ALL feeding, cleaning, etc., 365 days/year (unless I take a vacation.) I am outside with them, for turnout or winter riding in IL, as well. The MOST IMPORTANT item is a good fitting pair of leather boots. Every winter I fight cold feet if I wear anything else outside. Leather breathes and you can keep them sealed with mink oil, which also enables them to breathe. Don't trust any synthetic boot bc your feet get colder in the saddle than they do when you are walking around from wind chill. When I was teaching outside in the winter all day, I would change socks and boots midday bc your feet sweat and that can freeze your toes, too. I bought a couple of pairs of lined jeans at a local farm supple store. If you buy those, buy one size larger to accomodate silk long underwear pants, which are lightweight but really warm. Layers are key as well. I also have a couple of old down-filled sleeveless vests that fit on top of my jacket but don't interfere with my riding. And, don't forget that bareback is a lot warmer than in a saddle! Happy winter riding this year! =D
One more thing--October is a great month for winter clothing sales.
Last edited by Corporal; 10-24-2011 at 11:26 AM.