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Winter Gear You Can't Live Without?

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  • Winter Gear You Can't Live Without?

    Its that time of year again....

    What winter gear can't you live without on a cold day at the barn?

  • #2
    Dahlgren socks http://www.rei.com/product/799748

    I also love my Under Armour gear

    and my Marmot softshell jacket.

    My hubby and stepson each got me a really awesome top to ride in for my birthday a few weeks ago - I wear it with a down vest during lessons, and it keeps me comfortable even when we're working hard in the cold weather: http://www.rei.com/product/769683
    We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


    • #3
      uggs a north face down coat with a zippered north face heavy fleece underneath- and on single digit days, snow angel or smartwool long underwear too!


      • #4
        Cuddl' Duds microfiber long underwear, Mountain Hardwear wind pro fleece jacket, Irideon wind pro fleece breeches, SmartWool socks, Mountain Horse Ice Rider paddock boots, a Bitten bit warmer with rechargeable heat pads, a fleece helmet cover for my saddle that also wraps around my ears, and Stabilicers spikes for my shoes to walk from the icy parking lot to the barn.

        Can you tell that I am very anti-cold?
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        • #5
          Try Ibex or Icebreaker wool..........nothing warmer and softer. Truly, we are outside all the time and while I have tried every high tech fabric, nothing performs like wool!


          • #6
            Warm gear

            I purchased a wool sweater with a windbreaker liner from Cabellas. My husband, an avid hunter, got one several years ago as a gift and said it was much too warm for him on most days. I said that would then be perfect for me, as I seem to be related to reptiles!!

            On 30 degree days riding or doing chores its perfect with scarf and turtle neck. On the colder days I add a light weight winter jacket.

            I'd love to find something similar in canary so I could get away with wearing it during the coldest of hunting days!!


            • #7
              -my "barn Uggs"(the ones that my sister spilled water on, creating a hole and stains, and are too beat up to wear anywhere else)
              -my plaid barn jacket(it's the perfect weight, not too warm, not too cool, and not too bulky either)


              • #8
                -North Face jacket.
                -Under Armer long sleeve shirt to wear under polos
                -Under Armer hat
                -Under Armer jacket
                -North Face gloves
                -Fuggs! (of course i wouldn't wear my real ones!)
                -Zocks with thicker socks over them
                -Boot and Hand warmers
                -Muck boots with liners
                -And of course a big cup of hot chocolate!

                And then i am all warm!


                • #9
                  A hot toddy!!!


                  • #10
                    Mudrucker boots (not to ride in, just around the barn)
                    Under Armor Shirt
                    Some type of jacket
                    fleece pullover


                    • #11
                      For riding, my FITS winter wind pro breeches and my new Mountain Horse active rider tall winter riding boots. For the barn, my beloved Carhartt insulated coveralls that have been with me many winters and I can fit an almost infinite number of layers underneath. Perfect for wrestling with 200 feet of hose in sub-zero weather!


                      • #12
                        I've found my ski gear to be super helpful for cold days at the barn.

                        insulated, waterproof ski mittens for when I'm not riding. I hate cold hands.

                        SSG deerskin gloves for riding
                        LL.bean cold weather leggings for under my jeans.
                        EMS down jacket, fleece vest, wool blend turtleneck or LL.bean fitness fleece.
                        fleece lined hat
                        smart wool socks
                        tall muck boots for getting my horse out of the snowy paddock.

                        Hot Chocolate for after my ride


                        • #13
                          No one mentioned it but love my quarter sheet. Doesn't get terrible cold down south but on those days when its 30s, maybe a little lower sometimes I will be the only one out there riding. Keeps my legs nice and warm and my horse since he's body clipped.


                          • #14
                            North Face jacket, Uggs, a blanket I wrap around my legs while teaching lessons, and Bailey's Irish Cream. I've tried a few versions of Uggs knockoffs but haven't found anything that works like the real thing. FWIW, you can get them at a big discount by getting "last year's" style, which really doesn't look any different to me. I've never paid much more than $100 for a pair, which is a small price to pay for warm feet all winter.

                            I am still trying to find a pair of gloves that is thin enough to work in yet warm and somewhat waterproof. For some reason the ones I've had in previous years (Seirus) have been discontinued, and I haven't been able to find replacements I like...Suggestions?
                            Ristra Ranch Equestrian Jewelry


                            • #15
                              I just rode out today in 14 degree weather with the wind chill bringing it to minus zero. I wore a wool sock liner and a thick wool sock over it, Mountain Horse winter paddock boots, Mountain Horse unisex winter riding pants, Under Armour, a Schmidt winter coat, Mountain Horse winter endurance gloves, a face/ear/neck shield under my helmet.

                              The only parts that got cold were my toes, but that's my vulnerable place anyway.

                              The best gear I wore are the Mountain Horse pants and gloves and the under-helmet face/ear shield.

                              My horse was rather fresh in this weather!
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                              • #16
                                Dubarry boots. They were my best investment ever. Waterproof up to below the knee, and warm!


                                • #17
                                  We have found that the hot pocket hand and toe warmers are the BEST thing EVER!! otherwise the girls toes freeze and their hands get cold. I can get enough other layers on them to keep their bodies warm but hands and feet are tough!
                                  If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.


                                  • #18
                                    My Mountain Horse coat. It's the warmest coat I've ever had. Last night I was walking to a hockey game with my friends, who were all complaining about the cold and windchill--and I was fine, even though I'm normally cold all the time. I love this coat so much that I bought a Mountain Horse fleece-lined jacket too, which is thin but warm and is great for layering.
                                    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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                                    • #19
                                      I live in California, so I'm not sure if I can really comment, but Grabbers hand warmers, and Grabbers footwarming insoles... awsome.


                                      • #20
                                        Can't do without my....

                                        "Brit Colt" tall Muck Boots w/heels for barn chores and winter riding
                                        (have to use larger irons 'cause they're a bit clunky)

                                        SSG Winter Rancher gloves for chores

                                        SSG Wind Stopper gloves for riding

                                        Long underwear
                                        HorsePower! www.tcgequine.blogspot.com