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post #1 of 61 Old 11-12-2014, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to Stay Warm.

Two days ago it was 70 (f), this morning was 18. I can keep most of me from freezing, but my hands.
Does anyone have a secret way to keep hands (fingers) from freezing, yet still be able to measure out feed and fill hay nets?
I have a fairly high pain tolerance, but the pain from frozen digits gets me!

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post #2 of 61 Old 11-12-2014, 01:44 PM
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Gloves? Personally I like the thin cheapy cotton gloves you put on children. They seem to keep my fingers warm while I'm working. If I'm going to be standing around or its really good I love my under armor gloves. Even fitted riding gloves work well for me.
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post #3 of 61 Old 11-12-2014, 01:51 PM
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I live in Florida and we even have some mornings when I need gloves, 50 down here is to cold for me lol. I like wearing mechanics gloves they let you have gripping ability and you don't lose much mobility.
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post #4 of 61 Old 11-12-2014, 02:01 PM
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It's just as cold in Oklahoma. I wore my riding gloves yesterday for grooming/longing etc and kept my hands in my thick down jacket whenever I didn't need them. It worked pretty well.

Hopefully it's not going to be like this all winter. Burrrrrr.
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post #5 of 61 Old 11-12-2014, 02:05 PM
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I haven't found any gloves that keeps my hands warm, and are functional while doing chores at the barn. I do have some that have pockets in them for the hand warmers, but you can forget about measuring feed out and such with them on. I have Raynaud's syndrome so it's very challenging for me. Hope you find something that keeps your hands warm.
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post #6 of 61 Old 11-12-2014, 02:07 PM
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It's all about layering and avoiding synthetics. PLUS, get dressed where it is cool and don't go in and out of a heated building. Sweat is your BIGGEST enemy!
I start with stripping all of the way down. Wear loose underwear to trap your own warm air right next to your body. I like to wear long underwear pants and then put on sweat pants. Most of the winter these keep me warm enough. Make sure that you wear something like a long sleeved, cotton t shirt as your first shirt layer.
You will NEED some wool. Most stores sell woold socks. If the tag says "WOOL-85%, NYLON-15%" this works well bc the Nylon is the elastic to keep the socks up.
If you are small, check our Army Surplus stores. Most of the larger surplus wool sweaters are pretty much gone, at least where I live, but using one of these are your second layer over the t shirt keep you VERY warm. I would top this with an oversized sweatshirt.
Buy A gator. Here are some possibilities:
Winter Cozy Helmet Cover - Statelinetack.com
First Lite Merino Wool Lightweight Neck Gator by First Lite for $35.00 | Diggs Outdoors
BUY EVERYTHING BIGGER THAN YOUR NEED!! You won't be warm if the clothes are tight.
Buy an oversized vest. I'm about to convert a very old and holey green army blanket into a vest, now that I've cleaned my house for the holiday and gotten my wintering for my animals about done. Buy one in the men's department and get one with inside and outside pockets so you won't lose your keys of phone in the snow. =b
I do my winter chores almost exclusively in old sneakers. Only when the snow is deep do I put on boots. You will have wasted your money on nice riding boots if you wear them do muck stalls bc they are the warmest shoes that you own.
ALSO, accumulate as many wool and cotten socks together where you change to got outside and do your chores. Find a place to hang them to dry bc if you wash them every time you wear them they will only last 1/2 of the time that mine do.
If you drive to take care of your horse, bring a bag with your outside clothes and completely strip and change your clothes at the barn, and then change back to your driving clothes when it's time to read. COVER YOUR HEAD and cover your hands.
If you layer right, you will be very warm and will probably have to take off a top layer once in awhile to be comfortable. =D
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post #7 of 61 Old 11-12-2014, 03:54 PM
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Those hand warmy things (:
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post #8 of 61 Old 11-13-2014, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, I can do the rest of me pretty darn good. Yes, layers! I have come to adore flannel lined jeans, with leggings underneath. Multiple socks, I sleep with socks on. Otherwise I don't sleep.
Hat reminds me of Russian movies, snaps under chin. Often like the full ski mask, under hat.
Hands are the problem. Small hands, hard to find gloves that fit. Extra length on fingers hampers any fine work. The best fit is the driving gloves you can get at any store, with thinsulate. They can do a decent job, warmth wise, but just don't cut it in hard cold. I'm one of those people with cold hands and feet unless it's downright hot.
This is just one of those things that come with having horses at home. Either you go out, no matter what the weather, or the animals don't eat. The only time I ever had anybody feed for me was when I was in the hospital. My kids don't miss meals.
I know I'm preachin' to the choir! It would just be nice to figure how to do it, in cold weather, without pain.
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post #9 of 61 Old 11-13-2014, 10:30 AM
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KsKatt, keep working on your layers. If you are dressed a little bit too warm your hands will not get cold. This is my 29th winter feeding horses myself. I spent the first 14 years driving out, and the last 14 years walking from the house to the barn. I, too, do all of the feedings, but DD's have been living with us and they have helped, too.
Glovewise, you could also use those cheap stretchy gloves UNDER suede/cotton work gloves. If you have poor circulation, check out this company. They sell silk, wool and mix undergarments, gloves, socks, and clothes. You may want to buy a pair of silk gloves to wear under your other gloves. A bit pricey, but silk is the thinnest super warm material.
Search Results on 'silk gloves' | WinterSilks
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Here's wishing you some nice hot tea with honey to weather this cold snap!
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post #10 of 61 Old 11-13-2014, 10:58 AM
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I'm wondering if these gloves might help us folks with extra cold, painful hands.

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