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post #1 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Riding Apparel...

What does everyone ride in during the winter? It's only August here, but before I know it, there will be snow on the ground and below freezing temperatures. (Thank you Michigan)

I'm looking for a nice pair of warm winter boots that'll actually fit in my stirrups. I have found these that look very nice.

Mountain Horse Ladies Rimfrost Rider Tall Boot and Tall English Winter Riding Boots | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM

Usually I just have worn jeans in the past. But my jeans aren't going to fit in those boots. I have tights, but tights will NOT be warm enough and I won't be able to feel my legs what-so-ever.

I'm considering purchasing a pair of breeches. But they need to be really warm/thermal lined?

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 07:56 PM
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Under Armour and battery socks :) Carhartts if it gets real cold but in the indoor ua & jeans/hoodie is enough.
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post #3 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 08:22 PM
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I wear winter breeches, winter boots (but I admit they don't seem any warmer than my normal ones, and my half chaps don't fit over them), big wool socks, a sweater over a tanktop, and a big winter coat. Sometimes I wear leggings under the winter breeches.. I also wear winter riding mitts. It's usually freezing out in the winter and my toes and fingers are numb no matter what I wear.. and that's with the heater running in the arena. :P

ETA: If you didn't want to buy new breeches just for winter, you could just wear leggings under your normal ones.. I did that when my winter ones were in the wash.

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post #4 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 08:51 PM
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even though I ride western those boots look very comfortable

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post #5 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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^^^ I am a western rider too.

And i dont own a single pair of breeches so this is new territory to me. LoL.

Thanks for everyones input!
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post #6 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 09:24 PM
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Lol I wear snow pants or carhartt overalls. I know its not the prettiest outfit out there, but with Michigan weather you gotta be prepared.
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Well, It depends greatly on how windy it is, the temp and whether I am riding in or out. No matter what, my toes are cold (I am going to try the battery socks, I think) and fingers freeze. I used to ride english, and I had a pair of the Ariat tall winter boots-never wore them. They looked really comfie, but I thought they were stiff and uncomfortable, so they never even saw the barn. I have MANY pairs of silk long undies-tops and bottoms. I used to use those under breeches (adding tights also if it was REALLY freezing), and no use them under my jeans. That works fine for most days, on the bottom, if I am just riding for an hour or less, and it is not too windy. If it is windy, I wear ski pants. They work pretty well, and are like the winter ones you can buy from tack stores, but don't have the suede inner thighs. Super warm. On top-I layer there also. If super cold I use my silk l/s tee under my underarmour mock t-neck cold gear, which I swear by. However-not just any cold gear will do. This is backed with a thin layer of fleece-super soft and comfy. Fits well, and looks good-as good as one can look with 50 layers on. I wear wool socks, and do not put my riding boots on until the last minute. I have wool fleece lined clogs I wear too and from the them. I have Ariat winter paddock boots if I have to go get the horse outside....most of the time I don't, and if I have to do chores and it is Jan-feb bitterness and windy-it is an old lovely one piece ski outfit from about the 70's. SUPER warm, but well suited to our northern winters. I wear ear warmers and a hat usually too-

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I've rode in my carhardt overalls lol, but like for the annual christmas parade normally i ride in a good wool vest and chaps.

Something about those thick wool vests can keep you toasty
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Thinking about winter already?

We have long cruel winters here, so winter riding gear is a must. I have a pair of Ariat tall winter boots, winter breeches that are lined in polar fleece, a very warm and large jacket, ski gloves and an ear muff / headband thing that is made to wear with a helmet. The winter breeches are OK for milder days. On colder days, I wear polar fleece lined jeans. They aren't terribly stylish, but they are warm! The legs are wide enough to go over my tall boots.

To keep warm, improve my seat, and because our winter rides tend to be shorter and almost always outside, I usually ride bareback.

I also made a bit warmer for my horse. Basically it is a rectangular fabric beanbag filled with rice that you put in the microwave and Velcro fasten around the bit for a few minutes before bridling. It saves me from having to warm the bit in my hands and gives my hands a quick warm-up before mounting.
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post #10 of 25 Old 08-05-2012, 10:07 PM
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A fellow Michigander here :) I LOVE those boots! I just had to replace mine after at least 6, if not more, seasons. They are very comfortable and durable. I wore them at least 3 - 4 times weekly and in snow, mud, ice, riding, and doing barn chores, and they held up SO well! I definitely bought another pair of the same style to replace my worn out ones.

I usually wear them with winter breeches - I like the Kerrits and the Irideon brand - but I have also worn them with skinny jeans. I will just wear tights under my jeans to add a bit of warmth and help cut the wind chill factor.
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