01-12-2010, 11:45 PM
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I just recieved my first horse a couple of months ago and have rode him in -25 celcius(plus a -10 windchill feeling like -35)quite a few times. I only ride him bareback, to keep my core warm. I use my snowmobiling gear, jacket, snowpants, -100 sorel boots, and big leather mitts. A good balaclava goes a long way keeping your chest, neck, face and head warm, plus a touque to topit off. I wont get his sweaty, but just a nice walk throught the fields where there is no ice. I don't feel the cold while im on him, I just enjoy it soo much and after I dismount , weirdly enough I am usually sweating. Having winter here for 5 months out of the year we get used to it and learn what to wear. Spend money on good cold weather outer wear as the new technology is amazing, its so thin and movable, yet still so warm. I am getting a bareback pad just to keep my from slipping off, I am fairly balaced but when you mix snow pants with a fur coat it acts like a water slide.