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    11-12-2010, 01:18 PM
  #1
Foal
Winter Riding?

I am from Louisiana. Born and raised all over the south. Never been out of the south actually. So I don't know much about winter weather. Our winters rarely reach freezing. I've seen snow (more like frost) all of three or four times.

In January I will be moving to Utah to start in a working student position. We will be up at 6am and out of the saddle by 10pm. In the winter mind you.

I need to hear from people who know what winter is like in Utah, Colorado, etc...

What should I be prepared for?
What sort of clothes? (The guy said hat, gloves, coat, etc for winter - well what is Utah winter coat like?)
What about personal things to bring..

Any help would be useful!
     
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    11-12-2010, 01:28 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Not from Utah but Canada brrr! I'd recommend a good winter toque to cover your ears, as well as a scarf or something to cover your nose & mouth. I tend to layer up when I go out in really cold weather, so it doesn't hurt to have some long-johns under your pants, a sweater or 2 under a good warm winter jacket. I don't have winter snow/riding pants so I just wear a pair of long-johns under my jeans & a pair of sweats over top ;)
I also have good warm riding boots (any winter boot with a heel that will fit in your stirrups will do) & I still wear atleast 2 pairs of socks! Lol
You'll need winter riding gloves of course too.
It's better to have too much clothing on than not enough, because you can always take layers off!
     
    11-12-2010, 02:25 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by lilruffian    
Not from Utah but Canada brrr! I'd recommend a good winter toque to cover your ears, as well as a scarf or something to cover your nose & mouth. I tend to layer up when I go out in really cold weather, so it doesn't hurt to have some long-johns under your pants, a sweater or 2 under a good warm winter jacket. I don't have winter snow/riding pants so I just wear a pair of long-johns under my jeans & a pair of sweats over top ;)
I also have good warm riding boots (any winter boot with a heel that will fit in your stirrups will do) & I still wear atleast 2 pairs of socks! Lol
You'll need winter riding gloves of course too.
It's better to have too much clothing on than not enough, because you can always take layers off!

Toque = stocking cap in American language lol

In our part of Canada we just use rain coats most of the time lol

I agree with all above listed.
     
    11-12-2010, 03:14 PM
  #4
Showing
Layers, layers, layers. If you can get a pair of nice thermal underwear (tops and bottoms), wear those under your clothes. I am a huge believer in chaps too. I have a pair of full length chaps that I wear on those really cold days. They also cut the wind like nobody's business. Wool socks and insulated gloves. What I wear in the winter is a thermal top, a long sleeved shirt, a light fleecy jacket, and then my heavy Carhartt coat. Carhartt stuff is a bit expensive but it is so worth it. Other than that, something to protect your ears and something to cover your nose and mouth and you should be good to go. Also, those disposable hand warmer things that you can get for like $1 a pair are lifesavers.
     
    11-12-2010, 03:32 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Layers, layers, layers. If you can get a pair of nice thermal underwear (tops and bottoms), wear those under your clothes. I am a huge believer in chaps too. I have a pair of full length chaps that I wear on those really cold days. They also cut the wind like nobody's business. Wool socks and insulated gloves. What I wear in the winter is a thermal top, a long sleeved shirt, a light fleecy jacket, and then my heavy Carhartt coat. Carhartt stuff is a bit expensive but it is so worth it. Other than that, something to protect your ears and something to cover your nose and mouth and you should be good to go. Also, those disposable hand warmer things that you can get for like $1 a pair are lifesavers.


You would DIE in Canada woman. Your winters = t-shirt weather for us! As soon as March comes around, and the days start warming up to around 14 degrees Fahrenheit, we're riding in sweatshirts!

Haha I agree with everyone though - layers are necessary. I have a thermal jumpsuit for REALLY cold weather, so I'm usually wearing two pairs of pants, two pairs of socks, two sweaters, and then my jumpsuit over top plus scarf, hats and a couple pairs of mitts.

We never stop riding though, we're a little insane. This is my all time favorite picture to show JUST how cold Canadian winters are!


     
    11-12-2010, 03:45 PM
  #6
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Which is why I'll never move to Canada .
     
    11-12-2010, 04:01 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Which is why I'll never move to Canada .

You could move to my part of Canada. Last year we had one day of snow lol. Not ALL of Canada is cold, that's a myth. It gets colder in Montana than it does here.
     
    11-12-2010, 04:14 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I live in Minnesota (Yep, quite cold) I normally don't ride too much in winter, but I go to the barn every night. I wear a heavy winter jacket, Hat, Mittens, and boots. Sometimes snowpants if it is cold.
     
    11-12-2010, 04:26 PM
  #9
Weanling
I agree with the fellow Canadians.

And on the days you can swing it, ditch the saddle. You're butt will be nice and toasty warm.

I strongly suggest something that is a good wind breaker. Cold is tolerable, cold wind is torture.

But don't worry, you'll eventually adapt
     
    11-12-2010, 04:56 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by lilruffian    
Not from Utah but Canada brrr!
don't scare the poor women with our Albertan weather
     

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