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I admit, I stay cold most of the time but it's super hard for me to stay warm while riding in the winter. My feet are the hardest part to keep warm. I've tried a million things, from spraying antiperspirant on my feet to wrapping them in seran wrap before putting socks on, every kind of sock and sock combination...nothing has really worked. Any suggestions? Yesterday I went to the barn in a tshirt, poor fleece turtleneck over top and a light coat. I put my riding hat on to do ground work (!) because it keeps my head warm. My friend was in a long sleeve tshirt, no coat, no hat, no gloves (forgot to say, I also wore mid weight gloves). I was comfortable, not hot at all. I hate cold weather!!

What do you recommend to keep me warm? Oh, I use those hot hand thingies a lot. I found if I put one in one of those tourist ID pouches (that ppl wear around their necks) it helps keep me warm. Unfortunately the foot ones don't, I guess because they can't get air in my boots? They lose their warmth and add a lot of bulk :(

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I'm with you - I get cold easily - heck I sleep in a winter fleece top :)

For my feet, I wear one pair of trouser socks and then I put a pair of gold toe ankle socks over them for JC Penny. It makes it hard to zip up my boots cause they are so bulky but they keep my feet toasty warm.
 

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Leather boots with plenty of room for your toes. 2 pairs of socks, ALWAYS cotton, or wool, or silk or blend of these. (When the labels say 85% cotton or wool or silk and 15% synthetic, they are referring to the elastic, so don't worry.)
ALWAYS and I MEAN ALWAYS, change ALL of your clothes at the barn in a NON-HEATED, out of the wind room, so that you will not have sweated anywhere before you ride.
Wear no more than 3 layers and buy bigger than your size pants and upper wear so that you can warm a layer of air. If it's too tight your breathable clothes will make close contact with the cold air and chill you. I like down filled sleeveless vests that zip up and snap, too. Feathers are the ULTIMATE heater.
Silk is worth the money. It is very warm, very thin and very lightweight, so buy a pair of silk long underwear. Silk is also remarkably durable, so it's worth $it. Many places sell 100% silk, but in case you cannot find them, here is one:
Search Results on 'long underwear' | WinterSilks
http://wintersilks.blair.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&keyword=socks
Silk Wool Glovelette | WinterSilks
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, I have silk long johns, glove liners, socks...I still get cold! I've always joked with friends that I don't ride when the temp is below my age and as the years have passed, it has held true. Back when I was 20' I rode in -10 degree wind chills, then in my 40s, the mid 30s were my limit...now that I'm 55, I really hate going out if it's below 50! It seems nothing I do makes it any more tolerable, let's face it. I am a whimp ;)
 

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Thanks for the suggestions! Maybe I should fill my boots with feathers?!?! I have silk long johns, socks and glove liners. I can't say that I stay warm with them, but I'm sure they help. I am just going to go ahead and say it, I am a whimp! I so hate cold weather and to me, it's cold when it's under 45. I know, I know, that's not really cold, but I freeze once it gets that cold. I rode today, it was 50. I had on a Columbia turtleneck with fleece lining, a polar fleece sweatshirt over top and a scarf, gloves and jacket (zipped). I came home, took a hot shower, put on flannel pjs and I'm still cold. The house is 70. Maybe I need to have my thyroid checked.....
 

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When I'm fully "decked out" for the cold I have on a compression long sleeve shirt (it's important that it's a material that wicks away moisture- not cotton- so I don't feel clammy; I have a few Under Armour knock-offs from Target that work great), fleece 1/4 zip pullover, down vest, coat, silk glove liners, leather riding gloves, Smartwool socks, Kerrits slender rider, winter tights (they're kind of fleecy feeling on the inside), toe warmers <-- very important, half chaps, and paddock boots. When I'm not riding I have a hat that covers my ears, and for under my helmet I have a headband that covers my ears (designed for cycling, so it fits well under a helmet and I can still hear)
 

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Your inability to get warm does sound a bit extreme! I think I would consider getting things checked out too, just in case. I know cold temps aren't for everyone, that's for sure! I live in wool up here, as our winters are long and very cold, but I love it, spending as much time in the great outdoors as possible.... as far as your feet being the coldest, as you say, I recommend wool socks, or alpaca socks!!! The alpaca socks are awesome! I never thought anything could beat wool until now. There are a few alpaca farms within 40 mi that make their own, and I plan on investing in more over time. Good luck in your endeavor to stay warm :)
 

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Easy... heated arena. :p

Jokes, jokes. Well my barn's indoor is slightly heated, but only enough to keep it at around 0 (which is pretty darn good considering it gets to -15 C outside).

As others have mentioned... Wool or cotton socks! And lots of layers. I also wear underarmour under my fleece sweater and feather vest. Both top and leg ones, that way I can ride in my summer tights and stay warm.
 

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I've tried these several times and in my boots, they stop warming. Someone said they have to have oxygen to warm and in such tight quarters (socks, feet, more socks) they can't warm? I will try them again, it's been years since I used them. Omgosh, if they work, I will be in riding heaven. I will have one on my chest, in the tourist pouch and one on each foot and I can ride for hours. I love being warm ;). I want to retire in Mexico, hubby says no, it's to hot. I'm very comfortable there in 90 degrees, loved Arizona at 100 with no humidity. I wear a light sweater in 75 degree weather. I think my thermometer is wrong and at my age I should be hot ;)
 

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I love my alpaca headband. It's toasty warm! And I can't say enough good about wool. I made a wool sweater vest and pair it with a long sleeved shirt from cuddle duds. A pair of leggings, jeans and wool socks and I'm good to go.

I've heard good things about wearing silk socks under wool ones but I have yet to try it.

Good luck staying warm. I've threatened to ride the horse in the living room in front of the heater but I don't think that will go over well with the family. Guess I'm going to have to ask Santa for a heated indoor riding arena. ;)
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Heated arena....u suk!! Just kidding, glad you have it because I could not breath in those horrifically cold temps!!! I'm getting the feeling some of you would ride in a bikini in the temps I'm winning about, lol!
 

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Heated arena....u suk!! Just kidding, glad you have it because I could not breath in those horrifically cold temps!!! I'm getting the feeling some of you would ride in a bikini in the temps I'm winning about, lol!
Let's just say staying warm in your temps would not be the issue. Dealing with my hot flashes would be! :wink:
 
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I wish I had hot flashes, at 55 I should...hahaha! I know I really do not mean that, they are draining and counter productive to being warm. Guess I'm lucky I don't have them and don't live on Antarctica, like some of you ;)
 

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I wish I had hot flashes, at 55 I should...hahaha! I know I really do not mean that, they are draining and counter productive to being warm. Guess I'm lucky I don't have them and don't live on Antarctica, like some of you ;)
My dear grandmother still suffered from hot flashes at 89 when she passed. Not very encouraging for me!

Believe it or not, I have difficulty with the cold, just this year actually. My oilskin coat works well, but my fingers just freeze not matter what glove I wear. Feels like it will be a long winter, and we just got 6 inches of snow today (I know for some it's considered a "dusting" lol). At least it warmed the temps a bit.
 

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being a guy, I stay warmer the most girls. that being said I live in Montana and ride a good amount in the winter, before that I worked in Northern Michigan. Two things I have learned over the years of riding in the winter. 1. No matter what you do riding a horse is not a stay warm activity, you are going to get cold. 2. the best way to try to stay warm is keep you body as warm as you can and you might keep the rest of you warm. A good warm hat would help too.
 
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