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    12-16-2010, 12:45 AM
  #21
Trained
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Originally Posted by phoenix    
I have mountain horse paddock style boots and they are so warm. I got them last winter and they've held up nicely. I know all about bad circulation, I have reynauds disease so it's really hard for me to do anything outside in the winter and still be able to use my hands and my feet get pretty bad too. I go for two pairs of socks and these boots I have, they mostly do the trick.

I've yet to find anything that helps my hands so that's what usually dictates if I ride or not.
I have Raynaud's too and it has started dictating whether I even go out and see Abby. I'm glad I found this thread. I knew about handwarming packets, but I'd have to hold them to even have any affect. I had no idea there were packets for your feet. I stuffed them under the balls of my feet in my boots today and I felt my feet the entire time. My raynaud's affects my feet more than my hands and I usually use blood flow from the balls of my feet forward within 10 minutes of being outside. It was amazing.

As for your hands, my doctor told me a while ago to get Arctic gloves/mittens. He said army surplus stores online tend to have them. They're a bit pricy, but probably worth it.
     
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    12-16-2010, 10:11 AM
  #22
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Poseidon    
I have Raynaud's too and it has started dictating whether I even go out and see Abby. I'm glad I found this thread. I knew about handwarming packets, but I'd have to hold them to even have any affect. I had no idea there were packets for your feet. I stuffed them under the balls of my feet in my boots today and I felt my feet the entire time. My raynaud's affects my feet more than my hands and I usually use blood flow from the balls of my feet forward within 10 minutes of being outside. It was amazing.

As for your hands, my doctor told me a while ago to get Arctic gloves/mittens. He said army surplus stores online tend to have them. They're a bit pricy, but probably worth it.
It's awful isn't it. Mine definitely dictates whether I go outside or not, mostly not. It's just too painful and I end up miserable if I go to the barn and then have to either give up after grooming or give up before. :( those hand warmer packets don't work at all on my hands, I can't even feel the heat off them they just make my fingers hurt more. I have a $50 pair of ski mittens, supposed to be fantastic. They're warm but are so clunky that I can't really do anything when wearing them, and even with them on if i'm outside within maybe an hour my hands will be gone.

I went to the doctors about it years ago and her advice was to move to a warmer climate. Plus, i'm sure it's getting worse as I get older, so maybe it's time to move to the carribean.
     
    12-16-2010, 10:19 AM
  #23
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I have to say that I have 2 pairs of Mountain Horse Rimfrost Tall Boots, and I do love them. They hold strong, they hold true to their product and I've never had cold feet using them.

BUT - they are bulky. I am going to sell my boots, and with that money I want to invest in a slimmer pair.

I have these ones:



2 pairs of those actually - but they are thick. I feel like I cannot feel Nelson enough with them on. Not like I can with my Mountain Horse Summer Riding Boots, or my Ariats.

What I would look into, because they are "slimmer" are the other Mountain Horse Models...





And these ones:



My little buddy at the barn I am at, has a pair of these and they are very sleek. I tried them on and I like the feel of them better than the boots I currently have.

I suggest, you go try on boots if you can - not sure if you can, but at least that way, you can get a feel for them. You may like the feel of the boots I have, or you may not.

There are many products on the market today. My Coach has the Ariat Boots and they look quite nice:



She loves them - and they look sleeker than what I have.
     
    12-16-2010, 05:13 PM
  #24
Weanling
To comment on the above post - I bought the RimFrost before the Stella Polaris... and the RimFrost ones sucked for me. They are too bulky for riding - around the farm they would be awesome, but not in a stirrup. The Polaris is slim enough and breaks in enough that its manageable yet still warm.

Just my 2 cents.
     
    12-16-2010, 05:51 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by phoenix    
It's awful isn't it. Mine definitely dictates whether I go outside or not, mostly not. It's just too painful and I end up miserable if I go to the barn and then have to either give up after grooming or give up before. :( those hand warmer packets don't work at all on my hands, I can't even feel the heat off them they just make my fingers hurt more. I have a $50 pair of ski mittens, supposed to be fantastic. They're warm but are so clunky that I can't really do anything when wearing them, and even with them on if i'm outside within maybe an hour my hands will be gone.

I went to the doctors about it years ago and her advice was to move to a warmer climate. Plus, i'm sure it's getting worse as I get older, so maybe it's time to move to the carribean.
I sincerely hope mine doesn't get worse as I get older. I'm 18 and it's already causing arthritis in my hands. Hand warmers don't work for me either. I wish my hands were like my feet and I just lost blood flow, because that's not entirely painful. The other day, I couldn't get the clip on Abby's paddock gate open and by the time I did my hands were like curled up and searing in pain. I'm pretty sure the guys working on lowering the roof in the barn saw me trying not to cry. I had to sit in the tack room with a space heater (equally as painful to warm them up, which you probably know).

The feet warmer helped sooo much. I'm going to the doctor again on Monday. The thing that bothers me the most is that if I ever got frostbite on my feet, I would never know. Or arthritis in my feet. My hands bother me enough because when they're relaxed, they're curled up.

Okay, I'm done hijacking this thread right now.
     
    12-16-2010, 06:36 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Poseidon    
I sincerely hope mine doesn't get worse as I get older. I'm 18 and it's already causing arthritis in my hands. Hand warmers don't work for me either. I wish my hands were like my feet and I just lost blood flow, because that's not entirely painful. The other day, I couldn't get the clip on Abby's paddock gate open and by the time I did my hands were like curled up and searing in pain. I'm pretty sure the guys working on lowering the roof in the barn saw me trying not to cry. I had to sit in the tack room with a space heater (equally as painful to warm them up, which you probably know).

The feet warmer helped sooo much. I'm going to the doctor again on Monday. The thing that bothers me the most is that if I ever got frostbite on my feet, I would never know. Or arthritis in my feet. My hands bother me enough because when they're relaxed, they're curled up.

Okay, I'm done hijacking this thread right now.
Mine was kind of bad at 16, i'm 27 now and it's almost a daily horror when it's cold outside. I work indoors and still have to wear gloves.

I know exactly what you mean, I can't undo clips or gates either and there have quite a few times where i've found myself at the barn (or somewhere outside) trying not to cry. Last weekend I actually thought it might be less painful to just hack all my fingers off. Oh and yes, I know exactly how painful it is to warm them up again :(

I've given up going to the doctors about it they can't do anything. Cold fingers crossed that someday someone comes up with a cure.
     
    12-16-2010, 06:59 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by phoenix    
Mine was kind of bad at 16, i'm 27 now and it's almost a daily horror when it's cold outside. I work indoors and still have to wear gloves.

I know exactly what you mean, I can't undo clips or gates either and there have quite a few times where i've found myself at the barn (or somewhere outside) trying not to cry. Last weekend I actually thought it might be less painful to just hack all my fingers off. Oh and yes, I know exactly how painful it is to warm them up again :(

I've given up going to the doctors about it they can't do anything. Cold fingers crossed that someday someone comes up with a cure.

A while ago, my doctor prescribed me Verapamil. It's a blood pressure medication, but it basically makes your blood vessels flush. It helps my hands a bit by keeping them a bit warmer before they freeze over and overall, I feel warmer outside, but it has no affect on my feet.
     
    12-16-2010, 07:39 PM
  #28
Weanling
I've had the same pair of Mountain horse boots for 10 years! They are just now starting to break down but they're still awesome! Even with cracks in them from too much use they keep my feet toasty warm in most weather. I wear ski socks too, but need those boots to be warm. I get cold easily so just good socks isn't enough. I believe these boots were pretty expensive, but so worth it since they're 10 years old and still working!
     
    12-16-2010, 07:45 PM
  #29
Weanling
OH ^^ I have Reynauds as well, why is it that all us horse women who love the outdoors have to deal with something that hinders us being able to get out there???

Also, I didn't know of the tall mountain horse ones, mind are the rimfrost paddock!
     
    12-16-2010, 07:47 PM
  #30
Trained
I also live in North Dakota (well, technically Minnesota now, but only by about 5 miles) and it's winter for at least 5 months here. Ugh.
     

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