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    10-06-2012, 02:32 PM
Green Broke
I wear eithet long toe socks or knee high socks with ankle socks underneath, sometimes warm leggings if im going to a show and I will be sitting aroumd a lot but usually just my jeans a tank top long sleeve a light hoodie and a slightly heavier jacket like my leather jacket. We get bone chilling winds so it could be 60s but the wind makes it feel like ita in the 30s.
Oh and fingerless gloves.
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    10-06-2012, 02:42 PM
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    10-06-2012, 05:37 PM
Green Broke
True delfina. It is melting. But doesnt mean its not freezing out.. and I think im on opposite side of colorado then you? You are in colorado right? Lol:)
    10-06-2012, 06:28 PM
Green Broke
LOL I'm in Northern Colorado and it's 44 degrees, so not exactly freezing...... yet.

I should really go haul all the heated buckets out of storage so I can disinfect and scrub them all. UGH!
    10-06-2012, 06:46 PM
Green Broke
IM IN NORTHERN COLORADO! Wierdd!! We could possibly be neighbors.. without even knowing!
    10-06-2012, 07:03 PM
Green Broke
We get some pretty narly winters up here, and I'm actually one of those that loves the cold! I have a trusty pair of Eddie Bauer Sorrel boots, and the biggest "cold feet" suggestion I can give is invest in some really good merino wool socks - they wick away moisture and keep the feet soooo warm! Don't shrink in the wash either. We've had 3 bouts of rain/snow mix today, and it'll be about 28 tonight - I remember getting 6" of snow one year the first week in Oct. With the bright foliage still on the trees - so beautiful! :)
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    10-07-2012, 02:44 AM
I wear Terramar under clothing, it's similar to UnderArmor. I also wear my Boulet boots that are too big with wool socks. That's if it's in the twenties and thirties.

If it's really cold, 10* and below, and I'm going to be out horseback for a long time, I wear: My under clothing, sweats and no jeans, wool sweater, a down vest, insulated coveralls, a pair of thick wool socks (I have worn battery operated socks when I was going to be out for just a couple hours - heaven), my Sorel boots which seem to be warmer than the Muck Artic Sports I bought and they fit my winter stirrups better. Wool glove liners and some gloves that are promoted as being for hockey moms. Lol I also wear a wild rag and either an Elmer Fudd type cap or my western felt, if it's windy.

I pack extra gloves, mittens and socks in my saddle pockets along with matches a small, insulated container of warm water, flares, stuff like that.
    10-07-2012, 08:19 AM
All my years in cold climates don't matter much down here, but here's some things to keep you feet from freezing while riding in cold weather. Feet are actually easier to keep warm than the fingers.

1. Keep the body (torso) warm or the extremities suffer (don't neglect you head either)
2. Don't wear tight shoes or boots. Looser so that your thick, heavy wool socks (or whatever you're wearing) aren't tight on your feet and have room to hold warm air in the fibers. Not so loose that your footware is slipping. Just "snug".
3. Now the big item. As much as you might love to ride bareback it's not helping keep your feet warm, because you don't have stirrups. Putting regular pressure on the bottom of your feet in the stirrups (posting is great for this) helps pump more blood (warm...from the torso) into your feet. Same concept as being on foot. If you stand around your feet freeze, but if you walk around and keep the feet moving you can stay warm.
4. When you layer make sure you can strip off items and still remain warm enough. If you start to feel very warm (even on your feet) take off something from the torso. As the body cools a bit feet and hands will too.

Oh the memories of riding in snow and freezing weather. While I love the roughly 8 months of lovely riding weather we have down here (what's snow? ) where there's no such thing as single digit weather (even upper 20's at night is is not common) I'd gladly take a month of really cold weather if I could get rid of July with it's triple digit weather.
    10-07-2012, 10:05 AM
Have to agree with the prior post. I'll add you also need some kind of layer that wicks and then a thick wool layer that isn't compressed in your boots. Boots should be big enough to be snug over the layers but not so snug it compresses them. Though the foot warmers sound nice and for short rides can be wonderful on long rides for me they create more of an issue as my feet that rarely ever sweat sweat heavily with them. I also love bareback but have found a bareback pad with detachable stirrups handy. They are great for winter rides for just the reason the PP mentions. Keeps the blood circulating.
    10-07-2012, 10:12 AM
You will need boots with 800 grams of thinulate will also keep your feet warm.. they make them in hunting type boots of Muck boots.

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