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    11-04-2010, 09:29 PM

Does anyone have any special tricks to help stay warm in the winter. I live in Washington and our weather is up and down. But this winter we are supposed to get the most snow and the coldest in 55 years. Thanks !
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    11-04-2010, 09:43 PM
I'm looking forward to this winter. :) I'm subscribing, I wanna see everyone's ideas.
    11-04-2010, 09:48 PM
Green Broke
Dress in layers. As an example, what I do is I on some under-armor (or as much as I can put on), toss on a long sleeve shirt, out a couple tee-shirts over that, a sweat shirt, hat, extra pairs of socks (make sure you can still fit your feet inside your boots), and gloves and a jacket. I have not yet mastered managing to keep my hands warm completely, but I'm sure I'll be able to master this some day.

Layers make it so you can strip them off the warmer you get but easily put them back on as needed. Where I live it gets very cold easily and quickly, this is my method to stay warm.

I also would like to see what other people say.
    11-04-2010, 10:25 PM
I swear by them.
    11-04-2010, 11:01 PM
Love fleece lined riding pants. I also wear ski socks instead of regular. Seems to help.
    11-04-2010, 11:11 PM
I love silk! Silk long johns, silk tank top, I wonder how silk socks would be?
I think Cashel makes these neat stirrup covers that create a little "cave" for your feet. My friend has a pair and she glued some fleece inside for extra.
For me, it's my hands that get cold. I end up riding one handed and changgin off which hand lays against the horse's neck.
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    11-05-2010, 12:02 AM
Bareback hehe
    11-05-2010, 10:16 AM
Green Broke
I live in Canada and ride in an unheated barn. I ride in an under armour top with a quilted vest, with a light scarf tucked into the vest.. I have a barn jacket that I put on before and after I ride. If I ride in it, then it gets wet from sweat, and will make it cold afterwards. I put tights (that you would wear with a skirt in the fall) under my breeches and wear a paid of thicker socks.
    11-05-2010, 10:43 AM
I don't have the best tips for all over body warmth, where I live isn't the coldest place out there, but I do go out at night when it is decently cold and I have very poor circulation to my toes so they tend to be very prone to Chilblains- which are just awful, miserable things! (Please excuse my half-asleep explanation but it's basically this annoying condition in which your toes get swollen and red and super super intensely itchy and sore- ick!!!)
So I have to take special care of my toes. I have a pair of Mountain Horse Rimfrost paddock boots and honestly they are not nearly warm enough, but they are much warmer than normal boots and I haven't been able to afford better. I'm closely eying their Stella Polaris or Active Winter Rider boots...full faux fur lining sure sounds nice.
Anyway, I wear layers of socks- usually at least one short normal sock underneath and a very thick winter sock outside. My toes seem to have built in freezers, so even then they're cold, so this year I'm going to try the Toastie Toes inserts. I think the Hot Hands and Toastie Toes products are a great idea and I only just learned about them this year so I wanted to share in case y'all haven't heard of them.

Best of luck fighting the cold!
    11-05-2010, 06:43 PM
I'm in washington too- but the other side of the hill! Over here I need a little more to keep me warm than when I was in Seattle- bareback is a great option, especially if you have one of those quarter sheets that goes over your legs- toasty.

I have some Mountain Horse winter boots that are like a dream come true as well as fleece lined breeches. And then as the others have said, lots of layers especailly a vest to help keep the core warm. I also have some awesome winter riding gloves and that helps. And I like to bring a thermos of hot cocoa, cider, or tea. That will really warm you up!

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