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post #1 of 11 Old 10-08-2010, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Winter is coming, and I need to know what to wear.

Hi. I love this forum. I am a newbie English rider from upstate NY. It gets cold here in the winter. For the summer I have worn (I'm not showing, just taking lessons) half chaps and full seat breeches and paddock boots (actually they are western ropers with a low heel). Now that the weather is getting colder, what do you recommend for clothes? Again, I'm just taking lessons, not showing or anything. Do I need a different kind of breeches, or can I just wear long underwear under the ones I wear now? Footwear? Gloves? Anything different for the head? I have a schooling helmet now.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-08-2010, 04:13 PM
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I know they make fleece lined breeches, gloves, mountain horse has some great winter boots, although they are huge! If you go online to any of the tack websites (statelinetack, doversaddlery) they should have tons of winter stuff. I'm from Alabama so my clothing all works in the winter with just a nice coat!
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-08-2010, 06:07 PM
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My barn has no heat at all....I wear an under armour long sleeve (sweat wicking) top with a vest over top of it during lessons, with an old jacket while grooming/tacking/untacking. I wear tights under my breeches. I still wear my regular half chaps, but was lucky enough that my Mom bought Ariat winter riding boots for Christmas. They were about $100ish Cdn. Dont remember the exact price. I bought them slightly big so I could wear thicker socks in them. For gloves I wear a pair of SSG's seen in this link : Article: STYLE 4700 - WINTER RIDING MITTENS

My coaches wear something like this: Article: STYLE 1650 - THE WINTER RANCHER

I find the ones my coaches wear too thick for me to wear and feel the reins, but they ride in the summer ones as well, so are used to it.

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-08-2010, 06:13 PM
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The best thing you can do to keep yourself warm is to wear lightweight layers. 2 or 3 layers that are fairly light will keep you warmer than one heavy coat. I love under-armour underneath my clothes and then polar fleece over them covered by some kind of wind-breaking clothing. I will honestly tell you that if you can afford a pair of full schooling chaps, they do wonders for keeping your legs warm.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-08-2010, 09:29 PM
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Yes, under armour is great. WARM and thin enough to go under your riding pants as long as they have a little room in them. Grabber Foot Warmers are wonderful things too. My feet are always the coldest part of me when I'm riding in the winter.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-11-2010, 12:59 PM
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Yeah, unless you have roomy boots don't wear 3 pairs of socks, it cuts off circulation which will make your feet even colder. :P Fun little tip there. Foot warmers are easier and will totally keep your feet warm.

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-11-2010, 01:26 PM
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I just picked up two pairs of the Kerrits Sit Tight 'N Warm Full Seat Breeches and I am in love. They are beyond warm and comfortable. I found them on clearance for $50 each at a local tack shop and they are worth it.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-11-2010, 11:53 PM
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Good old pain long johns work, nice pair of wool winter socks too.
For me, I ride in jeans with long johns on under neath, wool socks and a pair of thinsulate Ariat paddock boots.

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post #9 of 11 Old 10-12-2010, 02:43 PM
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I'm buying a pair of proper winter riding boots this year, never, never going to ride in the boots I wore last winter in the winter again.

I wear layers, and a nice soft-shell jacket. With a thin sweater on underneath, With a t-shirt and undershirt it's perfect!

This year I have breeches so I am hoping to get away with long-johns(not underarm brand-name, but made of similar material).

I've used the foot warmers when winter camping and they are GREAT!

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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What riding boots do you recommend for the winter? I wear half chaps and paddock boots, but the paddocks are actually western ropers half suede/half leather that I can't wear in the winter. Any ideas without spending a ton of money?
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