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post #1 of 22 Old 09-26-2020, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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What Are You Wearing to Stay Warm on Trail Rides?

I live in the middle of no where, and want to stay warm this winter if I decide to venture out on those cold cold days.
When I get out in the winter time, I go strictly for warmth. Nothing fancy meant to look cool on my horse. I am going to tell Joe, my horse, that he is going to have to take the slack up on being the one that looks cool

We have cattle and I dress extremely warm to be outside for hours. But I remember as a child, riding down gravel roads for hours and how cold my feet would get before I got 1/4 of the distance I had plan on riding. I was wearing just regular socks and cowboy boots. Once my feet got cold, I was not enjoying the ride as much as I could.

Now in my old age as I get colder easier, I find myself going prepared for the temps. Wool socks for my freezing feet, and Muck boots for the cold. Those Muck boot have never allowed my feet to be cold. I am so thankful that I found them.
Then the flannel lined jeans are a must. If the temps are way below mild, I put on a pair of insulated underwear underneath those jeans.
On the top, I wear an insulated underwear top, a long sleeved thick t-shirt, and my Cabella's hunting coat over that. I will use a cowl around my neck, and a nice warm hat that covers my ears. If my ears get cold, then I am not happy. Often I have on ear muffs with a hat on top of that.
Lets not forget the warm gloves.

Now if I start getting hot, I can start shucking off a layer on top if needed. I just cannot stand to get cold now.
Maybe I should carry a flask of brandy to warm my insides. Ha-ha!!

Do I look funny when I ride? Probably. But I will be having so much fun.
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-26-2020, 11:16 AM
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I will ride in temps -15C, or 5F or milder in the winter. My family knows what I like for gifts, so I have probably the best winter riding gear available at tackstores. Insulated winter riding boots, riding gloves, which it has to be really cold for me to use cuz my hands sweat in them, insulated riding breeches, and cover that goes over my helmet and around my neck like a scarf, love that thing, and a winter ski jacket that I usually get from a sports store. The only thing that bothers me, is when I long trot back up the hill the wind blows in my eyes. But I remembered I had a pair of ski sunglasses I used to wear when skiing, so I use those, it also helps with the glare from the snow. Before they geared me all up, I used to wear whatever heavy clothes I had with long johns underneath, it was fine, but the proper gear, it makes it easier to ride.
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When I lived on the OH/PA border, I layered my upper half and wore No Nonsense panty hose under my jeans. That worked on both the horse and the snowmobile.

I can’t stand bulk and heavy, so for boots I went for bulk and wore my snowmobile boots on the worst part days.

For a coat, my snowmobile jacket was lightweight and oversized so I could layer up.

I snuck my son’s goose down ski jacket a time or two and liked that better than my snowmobile jacket for extra lightweight and super warm.

None of that stuff is cheap if you buy quality brands but they last forever (I still have both coats In like new condition) and I was able to use them for riding horse and snowmobiles:)
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I like to wear polypropaline or polyester fleece long underwear under my clothes in the winter. I found that is what fly fishermen use when standing in waders in cold streams. It is an artificial fiber that is stretchy and light like a second skin. You can get really expensive brands from LL Bean and REI and such places or cheaper (much cheaper) on Amazon. They come in light, medium and heavy weight. Those cotton waffle weave long underwears get cold and clammy and the wool ones itch.
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I found 100% Alpaca socks keep my feet warm and DRY in the Winter. I found a pair that is not too thick. I use a sock liner under them and have tall (neoprene calf) English riding boots with sherpa fleece inside. They are still not very warm b/c they are synthetic, not leather, so in the real cold, i'll put those toe warmers in--the ones that look like teabags and stay hot for a few hours.



I wear a thinnish base layer shirt made from polyester and spandex and then a Cuddle Ewe thermal fleece shirt over that and either a fleece zip jacket or a Winter coat I got just for riding (at Goodwill). It's such a process getting dressed for riding in the Winter. And since we have to drive 45-50 minutes to get to the barn, I usually get overheated in the car--so layering is essential. And then if we do anything after riding it's a real pain too. It took me a couple months to put together some good Winter riding clothes that would keep me warm, not be too bulky and not cost a fortune. :) I also wear Winter Muck boots while getting ready, and then put my riding boots on right before getting on--unless it's above 30F.

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I've always been taught two things: first, layers are your friend. Second, what's closest to your body matters. So avoid cotton, and stick with synthetic fabrics, silk, or wool. I wear smartwool socks - even when they get wet/sweaty/icky, they retain warmth and my feet don't get chilled. Long underwear, a top I can tuck in or one that has a long body. Duluth Trading's flannels are a fave - they have extra length ("plumber's butt fixed" is one of their slogans) and underarm gussets. A good scarf and/or a neck gaiter, plus a thin skullcap to fit under the helmet in particularly arduous conditions. I have a Navy-surplus peacoat that's my riding go-to, and the only thing I'd change is maybe have some gussets tailored in for easier arm movement (ah, one day).
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I will ride in temps -15C, or 5F or milder in the winter. My family knows what I like for gifts, so I have probably the best winter riding gear available at tackstores. Insulated winter riding boots, riding gloves, which it has to be really cold for me to use cuz my hands sweat in them,
Oh I wish my hands kept warm like yours! I have suffered from Raynauds since I was about 13 years old and I get cold hands very easily. I wear winter thermal riding gloves even up to about 20°C and my hands feel just perfect then. In our winter (about 5°C), they are not enough to keep my hands warm or warm them up again after they have gone all white and bloodless while I tack up. As soon as I touch something "cold" my hands get shut off from being supplied with blood. It also happens even if I feel stressed/anxious or angry.
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Oh I wish my hands kept warm like yours! I have suffered from Raynauds since I was about 13 years old and I get cold hands very easily. I wear winter thermal riding gloves even up to about 20°C and my hands feel just perfect then. In our winter (about 5°C), they are not enough to keep my hands warm or warm them up again after they have gone all white and bloodless while I tack up. As soon as I touch something "cold" my hands get shut off from being supplied with blood. It also happens even if I feel stressed/anxious or angry.
These ones here, they say -10 but I have used them for -40 below, didn't even need pocket warmers.
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These ones here, they say -10 but I have used them for -40 below, didn't even need pocket warmers.
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They say-10 but mine only are good to about +10. However they are the best I've found. I have never found warm gloves. Ski mittens are warmer but you can't do anything whatsoever in them (except, I suppose, ski).

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post #10 of 22 Old 09-26-2020, 05:50 PM
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Okay Southern girls, go inside while I do the chores and and go for a ride. With my thick, hairy skin
This picture was taken at -28 C, nope not cold.
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