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Oh, I could say soooo much about this. My daughter was riding in -26C the other day (that's her in the second photo below). We ride all winter, outside, and are located in eastern Canada.

First, ditch the jeans. They're terrible in the cold.

Full merino wool underwear, top and bottom to start. We wear winter breeches on top of that, but I don't know what Western people wear. I'd get the thickest pair of fleece lined pants I could if I wasn't wearing winter breeches. Snow pants are not good, too slippery and bulky on a saddle. Also, they lack stretch. If you really need something over the pants (with the long merino wool underwear and winter thickness breeches, I'm generally ok up to about -17C), then get a riding skirt. These are amazing:

On your feet, I recommend a pair of knee high nylons, then wool socks over them, and of course, good quality winter riding boots. Do NOT try to get away with wearing regular boots, you will need winter riding boots. I prefer the tall ones myself since they also keep your calves warm. If your toes still get cold, get chemical packs and stick them under your toes.

For the top, merino wool (long sleeved) undershirt covered by a thick fleece sweater should do, then a down-filled coat if possible. I have a long one that unbuttons on the sides for riding and it's great, but I've worn a few different ones and generally been ok. Your upper body will not be as cold as your extremities.

For hands, I like the Back on Track gloves to encourage good circulation as a first layer, covered by the warmest winter riding gloves you can find. I get the T-Max winter gloves from Mark's Work Wearhouse, but they don't last long if you use them for chores, so I try to keep them for riding only. Maybe you don't have Mark's in the US, but you can google it and find something similar. Mark's has a lot of great winter gear though! I usually fail, and end up buying a couple of pairs each winter. The winter riding mittens with the separate pinky are ok too. Chemical packs may be necessary to keep your fingertips warm, but probably not.

For the head: you'll want to keep your neck warm. I like the Turtle Fur neck warmers, but anything that keeps a draft out of your neck area will work. And finally, a helmet cover like the one I am wearing below. They're not expensive, but they're an absolute must-have for winter riding, indoor or out (sometimes indoors can be colder than riding outside in my experience, because they hold the cold air in like a freezer). My daughter and I don't take ours off our helmets all winter long. On a warm day, the flap can be velcroed to the back of your helmet so it doesn't flap.

Happy winter riding! And don't let anyone discourage you from riding in the cold. It can be an awesome way to make the best of winter, and hey, there are no bugs! :)
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Warmer than merino wool is alpaca, I have a couple of sweaters and they are generally to toasty for me.
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I just layer up & I'm fine. Double up on socks, wear thermals underneath, heavy jacket, gloves, etc.

A scarf can help with your face/neck or just use a face mask. I haven't used either of them when I ride, but they do work. Ear warmers are good too.
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Yesterday it was -10F with the wind when I started about daylight.
I prefer anything wool or silk for an under layer. Wool sweater. Wool socks, wool gloves. Silk scarf. I dont wear a helmet so a wool scotch cap with ear flaps.
I usually despise Carhartt clothing but yesterday I wore an older Carhartt coat that was my FIL because it was big enough it wouldn't be tight. And it was surprisingly warm.
I wore jeans with shotgun chaps over them.
I didnt wear cowboy boots but short Muck boots loose enough to get my foot out them if we slipped on the ice and got a foot hung in a stirrup.
Nothing tight whether it be clothing or boots stays warm in that kind of cold.
I have tried some of the newer materials for cold whether but I always go back to wool and silk. And the good thing about wool is that for some reason you get wet it will stay warmer than cotton.
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Hello! Another Minnesotan here!

I don't get to ride much in winter due to work but I try to get out most Sundays if I can. We unfortunately live in a complete wind tunnel so that's usually what keeps me from riding, not cold.

I second @Acadianartist with a recommendation of the Arctic Horse skirt! I just got mine last month and I rarely go outside to the barn without it. I just got the rain version (I've heard the winter version is too hot unless it's at least -10 and I would rather be able to layer and use it in the rain then just for winter.

Long underwear are a must. I usually put a pair of leggings over those and then a pair of DH's sweatpants on top. Since I got my skirt I've been alright with just long underwear and sweatpants with the skirt on top.

I love wearing my muck boots with wool socks but I have endurance stirrups on my saddle so I can wear big boots. Look into insulated boots! If it's really cold I add heat packs. My SIL actually bought me a pair of socks with a pouch for those but I haven't tried them yet.

I currently wear a pair of Snap On (like the tools, DH is a mechanic) gloves that actually work really well. They're warm and give a lot of flexibility because they're made for people working with their hands all day.

For my head, I usually just wear a thin headband ear warmer (I have a Troxel helmet with a dial that I can adjust to be larger to fit with extra bulk underneath) and one of those neck tubes around my neck (my mom sews them for me out of polar fleece). I do want to buy one of those cover's like have been suggested above.

Have fun with your lessons! Stay warm!
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Layers lots of layers i have a big heavy winter coat with hood that fits over my helmet. Under my heavy coat i wear a fleece jacket plus i wear a heavy sweatshirt under the coats. Have insulated gloves i put hand warmers in and that keep my hands warm for a two hour ride,wear sorrel boots with with wool socks. I ride in jeans so if really cold i wear snow pants over them if not real cold i use a heavy pair of sweatpants over my jeans.

I find if i can keep my hands and feet warm i'm good,if either of those get cold well i'm then cold. Our limit for riding is zero below zero and we don't ride it's just too cold then. Really the warmest way to ride in winter is bareback the horse's body heat helps keep you warm. We ride bareback once in a while but for most part saddle up,unless i'm being lazy and then just put on a bridle and jump on.

We average 4 days a week riding in winter,sometimes only 2 days if weather is really bad.
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remember the old outdoorsman's adage, cotton kills. When wet, wool retains about 90% of its ability to retain heat. Cotton retains none.

FYI, it is spelled W-H-O-A.
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I'm just gonna say, I've always dreamed of riding in the snow.

They say the best way to ruin a perfectly good fantasy is to try it out in life.

I think I'll just keep admiring the pictures of you guys riding in the snow. LOL

THAT SAID: The kids are hoping for snow this year - they have nefarious plans for malfeasance involving Gina, some rope, and old patio cushions....
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Originally Posted by LarsonGr1 View Post
Hey y'all!
I'm starting riding lessons in the middle of winter in Minnesota....crazy, I know. We will be riding outside the full time since the facilities I will be at doesn't have an indoor riding arena.

I know that I will dress in layers, with warm socks, long underwear underneath my Wrangler jeans,--with perhaps some thin, low-profile snowpants on colder days--layers on top, etc.

However, how should I keep my head warm underneath a helmet?

Also, what have y'all learned/tips you have over the years of riding in the winter and staying warm?
Very thick winter socks, and good waterproof boots. You don't need anything fancy but as long as your boots are waterproof, a good pair of socks will do the trick. As for keeping your ears and neck warm-I would suggest looking into helmet covers that you can get at your local tack store. They allow you to stay warm without adding anything to your head and altering your helmet fit.
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