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post #11 of 23 Old 12-12-2011, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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BTW, thanks for all suggestions, folks! Somehow I didn't think about underarmour (because I just ride in thick pants and jacket from Walmart in winter, not cute, but keep me warm :) ).

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What kind of helmet do you have?
As I said in my last post, I have a Kep.

It's an Italian helmet and they aren't cheap. I got sick of having a crappy helmet so I bought this one from a tack store by my coach because they are light, have changable/machine washable liners and are vented really nicely. Plus I could get the whole thing custom, I refrained from the swarovski crystals but I did get a custom cream coloured one with the chrome vent. I can't find the winter liners online at first glance.... But here's a website!
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The coldest show I've ridden in so far is when it was -20*C (-4*F) and I swear it was colder IN the arena than it was out Dress code, formal..I have no pics but can link you to a video if you like!

Order of the day, Granny pants, sports bra, full length silk underwear top and bottom, thin socks, then wooly socks, thick warm breeches. Thin T shirt then roll neck fleece jumper on top of that, our secret weapon



covers a multitude of thick garments, then black wool jacket over the top. Winter gloves, hat and boots and off you go, ride test and quickly get all the top layers back on
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The coldest show I've ridden in so far is when it was -20*C (-4*F) and I swear it was colder IN the arena than it was out Dress code, formal..I have no pics but can link you to a video if you like!
Geez, GH, I'd pass out BEFORE the test in such a cold! (but I agree in winter riding outside (when there is no wind) feels more warm than inside). I'd love to see the video!

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As I said in my last post, I have a Kep.

It's an Italian helmet and they aren't cheap. I got sick of having a crappy helmet so I bought this one from a tack store by my coach because they are light, have changable/machine washable liners and are vented really nicely. Plus I could get the whole thing custom, I refrained from the swarovski crystals but I did get a custom cream coloured one with the chrome vent. I can't find the winter liners online at first glance.... But here's a website!
riding hats helmets | kep hats uk | personalised with swarovski crystals leather
Oh, Kep was a brand. I didn't get it. Haha. I gonna check it out, but I have problems fitting helmets on, so quite stuck to whatever local we have (so I can try every single one).

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Geez, GH, I'd pass out BEFORE the test in such a cold! (but I agree in winter riding outside (when there is no wind) feels more warm than inside). I'd love to see the video!

Here you go, poor Fancy's first ever test, you don't need to watch it all, just the (horrible, embarrassing, ghastly) entry, halt and proceed, you can tell the temp by the steam clouds that she is putting out

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Oh, Kep was a brand. I didn't get it. Haha. I gonna check it out, but I have problems fitting helmets on, so quite stuck to whatever local we have (so I can try every single one).
The sizing is actually done with the liners... so if you order one and it doesnt fit - you just change out the liner.

It's the first helmet that doesn't give me migranes. Ball caps give me migranes. It fits really well!! If you can find one locally to try on and it fits it is definitely worth the outlandish price to get one - just don't fall off with it on hahahaha!!

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Here you go, poor Fancy's first ever test, you don't need to watch it all, just the (horrible, embarrassing, ghastly) entry, halt and proceed, you can tell the temp by the steam clouds that she is putting out
Wow! You are dressed up very formal indeed - I'm impressed! I may try same outfit (with bunch of layers), but I'm afraid I'll end up with the informal one anyway (for my own comfort). :)

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just don't fall off with it on hahahaha!!
Yeah, that can be a real problem though!

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Kitten_val--- if you find a system, please share. I'm in the same situation. I went to watch a schooling show just to see what they wore and how it went.

The popular combo was a heavy, but fitted black or dark coat, turtle neck, Iridon winter breeches with a layer of silks under all that. The whole place was a walking catelog for Mountain horse boots. =) Ear muffs seemed to be accepted.
Same setup, warmup outside (on the top of a hill of all windy places), test in the blasted cold indoor.

Here's to icicle dressage tests.

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