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post #1 of 18 Old 12-01-2019, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question What to wear during winter?

Hi,

it's time for me to work on my closet for winter riding. The only thing I have right now is a pair of Polartec fleece gloves (which are not warm enough for -10 or -15 C (or maybe it's because I already had cold hand before wearing them?) and an old cheap winter jacket.

I visited lot of website about this topic and I'm very confused about what I should buy. I don't plan to ride at -20 or -30 C.

Currently I need to buy :
  • Gloves or mittens? Do I need equestrian winter gloves or any gloves can do the job?
  • Winter jacket : I'm a bit scared of down jacket, because yes it's warm and I already have one for my day to day life, but with horse's smell and all of horse things, I don't want jacket to smell bad or have to clean it each month.
  • Boots : Leather western boots are good, but it's a bit cold when you are outside for 1h or more. Should I invest in winter riding boots like the one from Mountain Horse?

Thank you for your recommendations!
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-01-2019, 05:03 PM
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If you don't want to spend a whole lot of money on a bunch of new clothes, my recommendation would be this:

Gloves- Any gloves will technically work, although leather riding gloves will last a lot longer than anything else. I got mine for about 20 bucks and they've lasted 3 years. If your gloves aren't warm enough, putting on surgical gloves beneath your regular gloves keeps your hands a lot warmer without losing mobility.

Winter Jacket- I would recommend getting another jacket to use just for horse riding since a regular jacket will start to smell like horse pretty quickly. Doesn't have to be anything too fancy, just warm and a waterproof outer shell is ideal in case you get dumped in the snow. If you have a thrift store near you, I've found those to be excellent for good quality, cheap jackets. Try on multiple jackets in several places to see what you like. I have a coat very similar to this (https://www.landsend.com/products/wo...oCU0EQAvD_BwE_) that I really like for winter riding.

Boots- I've always just used my usual boots during the winter but I will usually wear compression socks and thick woolen socks under my boots. Buying thicker socks will be cheaper than getting new boots, but I've heard good things about Mountain Horse boots, so it mostly depends on how much money you want to spend.

I also recommend finding thermal underwear that can fit easily under your clothes. It keeps you really warm and you don't have to dress with as many thick layers.


Hope that helps!
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post #3 of 18 Old 12-01-2019, 05:09 PM
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Carhartt jackets are great for riding and barn chores. Gloves well it's a toss up try to find water proof & windproof thinsulate gloves. Waterproof being important keeps hands dry so there warm.

Boots also need to be water proof makes a huge difference. Not sure what you have available.

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post #4 of 18 Old 12-01-2019, 05:13 PM
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I second what @MustangTrainer suggests.

I do have a separate jacket for horse/barn work. I also have winter boots, which are just large men's western boots that I can fit a couple pair of socks into. They are still big enough that if a horse slips, or I otherwise fall off, I can get my feet out of them and not get hung up. But as soon as I'm done riding I put on boots I can easily walk in.

I do have a pair of wool liners that I can wear under mittens if I'm going to be out for hours.
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-01-2019, 07:34 PM
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I also have designated barn clothes so I don't get my other clothing smelling of the barn etc

My old barn coat was getting pretty ratty and worn so I dropped in at the thrift store to see if there was a coat I could use and I was lucky, I found an excellent quality coat with a water resistand outer shell and a good lining with adjustments at the sleeves and it zips right up to my chin for colder weather. It cost $10 and a great buy.

I usually get a pair of rubber boots that are too big for me and I put good insoles in them and wear with good winter socks for cleaning stables and they usually do unless it gets bitterly cold.
I have a pair of winter riding boots that are pretty good, but I also have a pair of snowmobile boots for really cold days. I have safety stirrups so don't worry about them being tight.

I wear a good set of long underwear and if really cold I will wear my chaps as well and seem to be ok for most cold weather. With the chaps I sure hope I don't get tossed off or have to get off for some reason as I find it hard to get back on.

I also have a knitted collar that I am able to pull up right to my eyes to keep my face warm if I need it.Breeze feb 13.jpg
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On the topic of pants that are great for both chores and riding, these things:

You can get them super cheap at mall kiosks this time of year (and even cheaper after Christmas!) and they are soft and cozy inside with furry lining, and the outer texture is suede-like and decently grippy. They have good stretch, cute patterns, and are WARM without being bulky. And like 1/10th the price of real winter breeches. I basically live in these things at the barn.
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post #7 of 18 Old Yesterday, 11:38 AM
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Yes, you want a coat/gloves etc. for 'barn only' use. Your everyday coat will reek if you use it.

How cold are we talking in your area? We get temps -30 or colder, with high winds, so this is what's on the porch currently for 'barn clothing'.

- insulated Carhart bibs (these are key to staying comfortable at extremely cold temps) I usually wear them over jeans, but you can also do an underlayer (long johns, etc.) then pants then the bibs. Be careful. These are warm. If you overdress, you'll sweat and then chill. If I wear the bibs, I usually wear a lighter coat or layers so I can take some off when I'm working and get warm.
- Carhart barn coat (wool lined)
- a lighter winter coat (my old everyday coat)
- a couple of jackets/vests
- insulated boots
- wool socks (I pull these on over my regular socks)
- several sets of various gloves/mittens
- stocking cap
- ski mask
- scarf
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I'm also looking for a new riding coat that won't break the bank. I have a cheap old one from Target that's lasted me a bit, but it does have a hole or 2 in it now & it's not extra warm. Definitely like this thread! Very helpful!

I usually just double up on socks when it's really cold. A ski mask can help keep your face warm, if not mentioned already. Layers, layers, layers!

I wear breeches in the winter when I ride on cold days/nights. I mostly wear leggings when I ride, but it's too cold for them in the winter. I also put thermals underneath which helps me stay warm.
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Chaps also help. My thighs are usually the only part of me that get cold when I ride. Chaps help with that.
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post #10 of 18 Old Yesterday, 05:09 PM
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Silk glove liners are very helpful under good leather gloves. Some gloves are warm but so think, it is impossible to ride with.

My Land's end jacket is about 20 years old and still going strong! It is my designated barn coat. Have a different coat for non-horsey times.

I also have two different kinds of insulated boots, a tall pair and a short pair. With thick socks they keep my toes from freezing.

The short pair is Dublin brand, and is very handy to put on and off and is quite warm. I really like those. Tall ones are old, Stateline made them and they are nice for really windy days because they cover my calf. Have a new pair, Mountain horse, and never wear them. Just don't fit right and uncomfortable to walk in.
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