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post #11 of 19 Old 11-14-2011, 10:36 AM
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Wool socks are an absolute necessity! They make such a huge difference if you buy a pair of thick, high quality (ie. not walmart) pair! You just need one really good pair too! :)
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-14-2011, 11:16 AM
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Can't vouge for Mountain Horse boots, but I'll take everybody's word on them. =D I kick myself, however, for wearing out TOO MANY good, comfortable leather riding boots for chores!!!!
I love 100% wool socks. However, in my 26 horse-chore filled winters, I find that they wear through the toes and the heels. =(
My alternative is to use the least expensive wool socks, which I've found are carried at Farm & Fleet (midwest chain, but check you local farm supply stores.) They currently run $3.99/pair, come in olive and navy, and they're 85% wool, 15% nylon. The nylon (rayon, maybe?) is in the elastic at the top of the socks. They are slim enough to fit into your existing boots, but are also toasty. They also wear MUCH better in the toes and heels. Another inexpensive alternative is to layer these with 100% cotton (tube) socks on the outside of the wool ones. HowEVER you sock up, you need boots that are roomy enough for you to move your toes. You need a pocket of air in your boots so that the heat from your feet will be trapped. Otherwise your stiff toes WILL get cold. BELIEVE me, I've tried EVERYTHING bc it's always been just me feeding/caring for my horses in the wet, the cold, and the blizzards!!
Regarding your outerwear, layer, layer, layer! If you're in the market for a new coat buy one size larger and make sure it's really roomy. The best underwear IMHO is 2-piece silk. It's very lightweight and much warmer, imo than any synthetic.
I have a collection of winter-wear, and all-year chore wear in a cabinet in my basement (by the steps and door to the back.) I prefer to start with a long-sleeved undershirt first, then a t-shirt, then a sweater and I like sleeveless down vests on top. I like only one pair of long underwear pants under my riding pants. I also have 2 pairs of wool-flannel-lined jeans, again to be found now at farm supply stores. Don't forget to buy a gator, or maybe one of these which I have~
Silk Clearance: Accessories at discounted prices=
...but this would easily fit under your helmet~
Silk Warmth Headquarters: long underwear, accessories, outerwear, and more
Here is a page from the Winter Silks site that might help you.
Silk Warmth Headquarters: long underwear, accessories, outerwear, and more~

Frankly, if it's too cold to ride in these, I'd rather not! lol
ALMOST forgot--coat your face with your favorite lotion to keep it from drying out!! I use petroleum jelly, but some people are allergic to it. If you are not, I recommend it bc it's very affordable. Happy winter riding, all!!

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post #13 of 19 Old 11-14-2011, 11:27 AM
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Mountain Horse boots, expedition-weight wool socks, Kerrits long underwear and sit tight n warm breeches, a down-filled jacket and fleece-lined, deerskin gloves.

I was toasty warm when it was -12 out last year.
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-16-2011, 11:53 AM
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I really like my Kerrits Sit Tight -n- Warm fleece breeches. I bought several pairs off season when they were half price. I'm also buying a pair of Mountain Horse winter boots this year. For tops I just buy fleece/gortex type pullovers and jackets from Target.
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-16-2011, 11:54 AM
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Oh - and ski socks!
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-16-2011, 12:15 PM
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Thick socks are the best thing ever for winter, like others have said. Also, I've found leather boots are much warmer than synthetic ones. I wear a Carhartt jacket over a sweatshirt and that's made a huge difference! It's heavy duty and blocks the wind very well! Long underwear is also quite helpful, like Cuddleduds. :)
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post #17 of 19 Old 11-16-2011, 07:21 PM
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Underarmour ColdGear! ... it's like a dry suit, keeps the heat in. Kind of uncomfortable at first since it's skin tight but great to wear under the breeches, much better than your generic long johns. Awfully expensive though, sigh. :(
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post #18 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 02:41 AM
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if you keep stalking this site

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things like merino wool thermals and socks come up cheap. you just gotta keep checking it though out the day as it changes a fair bit.
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post #19 of 19 Old 11-22-2011, 11:36 AM
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I love under armor under all my riding clothes!

my all time favorite winter breeches (For warmth, comfort, and durability) are Kerrits Sit Tight n Warms. Hands down the best winter breeches I have, and I"ve worn A. LOT.
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