It can be difficult sometimes to brave the weather in the winter time to take care of your horse properly and, of course, go riding! It is particularly difficult to know exactly what to wear to stay warm when you groom your horse but will not cause you to overheat once you start riding.
The best thing to do when you’re thinking about what to wear horseback riding in the winter is think in LAYERS!
Layers make it very easy and they’re the best for your muscles. If you get too hot after you start riding because your horse is being a little sluggish and so your legs are working hard, you can start taking layers off. But then when your cooling down and grooming your horse after your ride, you can just throw your layers back on.
Start with a great base layer
For the coldest weather, you’ll need to begin with a base-layer. This layer should be comfortable.
In a perfect world, you’ll need a layer that feels great against your skin and that gives some sort of dampness management.
For ladies, the Irideon Thermalux Turtleneck is an awesome option, offering a texture that is breathable and dampness wicking, while being silky soft.
For men, the Horze Unisex Underwear Shirt gives an additional layer of breathable warmth with a one of a kind, microbes safe texture.
These shirts help hold in warmth, but on the other hand, they are thin so they don’t add excess bulk to your outfit.
Work your way outwards
The colder it is, the more layers you’ll need
After the base layer, you should include a long sleeve shirt that you like. Then after that, you may need to include a highly insulating layer if it’s really cold. You can pick a couple of various alternatives for this such as vests or lightweight jackets.
In the event that the weather is extremely icy, a complete, thin lightweight coat is even an option.
The Ariat Team Softshell Jacket is accessible in both men and ladies’ sizes. This coat not only keeps you decent and warm but the external shell layer is both wind and waterproof, so on the off chance that you end up removing your heavy jacket, you are still going to have something to help avert against the chilly wind and any snow or rain.
Check out my review of this jacket below:
Softshell coats are amazingly warm for how thin they are. In the event that the climate is milder, a vest offers added warmth where you want it most. In the cold, you can likewise pick a layering vest over your lightweight coat to help add more warmth to your body without including a lot of bulk on your arms.
Vests are great because they don’t restrict your arms
For ladies, the Irideon Crossrails Vest gives the additional glow of 80 grams of polyfill and is water-resistant and breathable. For those days at the barn, it even has an MP3 string loop.
Check out my review of these classy jeweled-colored vests below:
The Outback Trading Unisex Sawbuck Vest for men gives durable warmth with a heavy, 12oz waterproof oilskin fabric. Obviously, if you want the definitive in warm vests, the Techniche Iongear Battery-Powered Heating Vest is the best choice with its adjustable heat settings. These vests aren’t only great and help hold in body heat, but also have many pockets so you can keep your mobile phone safe and store treats for your horse.
The Outback Trading Unisex Sawbuck Vest for men gives solid warmth with an overwhelming, 12oz water-resistant oilskin texture. Obviously, if you need the highest quality in warm vests, the Techniche Iongear Battery-Powered Heating Vest is the best choice with its flexible warmth settings.
These vests are not just great and help hold in body warm, but also have heaps of pockets so you can protect your mobile phone and also store treats for your horse.
Don’t forget your feet!
Weighty socks are the next fundamental that you’ll need for winter outbuilding work and riding.
Frostbitten toes are a genuine risk when the temperatures drop.
The Horseware Softie Socks are a fun selection for ladies. These Socks are delicate and warm and come in cool colors. You may even want some to relax around in the house in too 🙂
Another option is the Horze Unisex Winter Logo Socks are made with a Thermolite texture mix, offering warmth without bulk.
Winter appraised riding boots are great in light of the fact that they won’t be demolished in the mud or snow and they have better footing to help prevent slipping on the ice and snow. This means that they have extra protection and are water-resistant.
While leather is more conventional, engineered materials are much less demanding to keep up and are generally less costly. The Mountain Horse Active Winter Rider Boot is accessible for both men and ladies, and features an unreal fleece (it’s so warm and comfy!) with water-resistant manufactured material.
In addition, it includes a thin molded outline that will fit in your normal stirrups with dirt-repellent treads that improve your grasp in the stirrup.
In most cases, your decision of what to wear in winter for yourself and your horse boils down to personal preference.
Enlighten yourself on winter garments to figure out what will work best for you and your equine accomplice, and you’re certain to have more secure and more pleasant rides all through the season!
If you have any comments or questions, don’t hesitate to throw them in below and I’ll get back to you!
Happy riding 🙂