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post #21 of 35 Old 10-07-2012, 10:07 AM
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I live in MN, it's cold and windy for a good half of the year, so I've gotten used to dressing for the weather because I would never survive being trapped inside for that long!

Upper body:
-tank top
-Silk long john top
-long sleeve
-carhart sweatershirt

Lower body:
-wool socks
-silk long johns
-fleece pajama pants

I always have a hat on, it's blaze orange and awesome, even though everyone hates it. Haha!

For boots, I have woman's hunting boots, lightweight and insulated. They keep my feet nice and toasty, however you do need to buy bigger stirrups or your foot will not fit.

Gloves, I layer up again. When I'm riding it's a pair of those thin knit gloves under a pair of those glove/mittens things. You know the ones with the open fingers, but have the mitten part that you can use to warm your hands?
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post #22 of 35 Old 10-07-2012, 10:14 AM
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I stay warm by staying in! Seriously my horse and I both take the winter off. Glad I have a good boy and he can do that for me :)
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post #23 of 35 Old 10-07-2012, 10:37 AM
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Put those toe Warmers into your boots. It sounds like you are warm every where but your feet.

Also shop at REI or a hiking / skiing store. The key to layers is fabric. The first layer is silk or poly propylene. Then wool. Then a coat that breathes but will cut the wind.

You don't need many layers just the right fabrics. And you don't have to bulk up. That is worse bc it cuts down your blood flow.

A person at a store dedicated to cold outdoor sports will help you find the best combination.

Stay away from any fabric with cotton against your skin. Cotton will freeze your butt off. Stick to synthetics and wool for best results.

Your feet is the hardest to stay warm.

Here is my cold weather outfit:

silk Tank top followed by long sleeve mock turtleneck (THIN and lightweight) poly propylene shirt. Then My husband's old wool sweater. It is big on me but is lightweight and does not bind. I find men's wool sweaters to be more comfortable than women's bc they are lighter wools and cut differently. Women, buy a men's wool sweater. (They are cheaper too)

For my legs I wear poly or silk leggings. If the weather is in the upper 40s or above I will wear jeans. But if I think I will be cold I will wear a thicker poly pant over the leggings. Something similar to ski pants that will cut the wind.

On my feet I wear a pair of silk socks followed by thin wool socks designed for hiking. It is really important that you do not squish your feet into your boots. The circulation thing again. The toe Warmers are good because they are thin. Hand Warmers will be too bulky.

If your boots are naturally snug you may need to go up a half size so your toes can stay warm.

Always wear a hat and find the fingerless gloves with the mitten flap. Your fingers will say warmer if they can be together.
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post #24 of 35 Old 10-07-2012, 11:13 AM
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If you are not using a saddle, fleece lined jeans are fantastic. I layer up with wool socks and good winter boots ( Sorels or Bogs are great) as well as a good down coat and light ski gloves. I have yet to find a pair of riding gloves that are warm enough in winter, but did find a good pair of light, extremely warm ski gloves that are fantastic. I also use a neck tube and a fleece headband made for a helmet.
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post #25 of 35 Old 10-07-2012, 12:28 PM
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Oh shut up about winter already!!!!!!
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post #26 of 35 Old 10-07-2012, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Blueghost View Post
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.
More of a personal thing I think. If I go over 200 my feet sweat and start getting cold again.
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post #27 of 35 Old 10-07-2012, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
Oh shut up about winter already!!!!!!
Winter is some of the best riding weather. Average temp is around the 50's (some 60's and even the odd 70's), with a few and the 40's and the rare 30's. Can ride all day and the only sweat will be under the saddle blanket . And no mosquitos, deer flies or horse flies. Can't wait for Dec so we can hopefully get frost and knock out the bugs.
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post #28 of 35 Old 10-07-2012, 11:53 PM
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Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #29 of 35 Old 10-08-2012, 10:03 PM
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Hahaha! I ride without spurs......that keeps me warm!
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