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  • Keeping Thighs Warm

    I am having trouble with my thighs getting cold when riding. Everything else is fine. I live in the south, so most of the time I don't even wear a jacket when riding and can't just buy a longer jacket to cover them. When it gets too cold, I do wear long underwear under normal breeches or winter breeches. It is the in-between weather days that cause the issue. I don't want to over dress because then I sweat too much and get really cold after the ride.

    Does anyone else have this issue or have any suggestions to keep them warm?

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    My first thought is that there are all sorts of weights of long underwear - I have everything from barely-there to thick fleece (because I am not in the south!). Could you find something that adds just a touch of warmth?

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    • #3
      Chaps will keep you warm during rides.

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      • #4
        Chaps or chinks

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        • #5
          https://www.ridingwarehouse.com/Polo...page-INPO.html

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          • #6
            Chub and cellulite work for me!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jo View Post
              Chub and cellulite work for me!!!
              You are not alone!
              "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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              • #8
                I recently bought a pair of Hadley winter riding tights from SmartPak. At first, I was surprised that they weren't more "wintery" I guess I expected fleece inside. But they are really just a heavier-weight material, yet still very stretchy and comfortable. I too live in the south, and I wore mine for the first time yesterday and I really liked them. Maybe something like that will work for you. https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ha...ull-seat-20521 Otherwise, like others have mentioned, wear chaps!

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                • #9
                  Riding skirt! I saw these once;they are wool and designed for that purpose--going over the thighs; there was one person who made and sold them--try looking them up!

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                  • #10
                    I live in Kerrit's fleece lined riding tights in the fall/winter/spring. They're not so warm that they make you hot or sweaty, and they breathe well, but definitely help keep legs a tiny bit warmer.
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                    • #11
                      I have no idea how to describe the fabric, but I tend to wear Horze nordic in this in-between weather. They're thicker and the material is almost like a soft shell jacket. But I can also wear them in the summer and not melt - so they're not winter-breech heavy.

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                      • #12
                        A lot of people at my barn (myself included) use a size larger pair of snow pants over our breeches. We wear them while grooming/tacking, then I take them off right before I put my boots, helmet, and bridle on to ride. As soon as I get back to the barn, they go back on once I have the horse in cross ties under a cooler and my boots off. It's perfect because you can easily take them off when you get too warm, and they don't contribute to ROASTING you once you start trotting/working under saddle.

                        Edit: I also have a pair of winter breeches on under the snow pants (though they are a modest improvement over regular breeches, at best).

                        I also use a quarter sheet while warming up when it gets cold enough (my horse is clipped), and have that over my legs too. That comes off after 5 min of trotting (once the horse is a little warmer).

                        I also have a battery-heated vest that I turn on while tacking up, then again after I ride (which is particularly nice because I'm usually sweaty at that point).
                        Last edited by Feathered_Feet; Nov. 6, 2019, 02:32 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PNWjumper View Post
                          I live in Kerrit's fleece lined riding tights in the fall/winter/spring. They're not so warm that they make you hot or sweaty, and they breathe well, but definitely help keep legs a tiny bit warmer.
                          PNWjumper, do you know which style you ride in and recommend? I notice they have quite a few winter breeches/tights. https://kerrits.com/collections/winter-breeches

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                          • #14
                            Just an off-the-wall thought here: how about a quarter sheet/exercise sheet that goes over the rider's legs? If you are cold enough to be uncomfortable, it shouldn't be too warm for the horse, surely?
                            No matter where you go, there you are

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Beck View Post
                              Just an off-the-wall thought here: how about a quarter sheet/exercise sheet that goes over the rider's legs? If you are cold enough to be uncomfortable, it shouldn't be too warm for the horse, surely?
                              Not really. Horses are very happy at say 30 or 40 F and they are the ones sweating and warming up! I've certainly been chilly on a steaming horse! Though I find if I ride at speed I stay warmer myself too. Quarter sheet is nice for slow rides in the rain though mine doesn't quite stay wrapped over my thighs right.

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                              • #16
                                1. Fleece lined breeches/softshell breeches
                                2. Long coat designed for riding that covers the thighs (can be opened in the back for riding in a saddle)
                                3. Riding skirt (I am thinking of trying the Covalliero skirt this winter for hacks through the forest)
                                4. Leather chaps

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Scribbler View Post

                                  Not really. Horses are very happy at say 30 or 40 F and they are the ones sweating and warming up! I've certainly been chilly on a steaming horse! Though I find if I ride at speed I stay warmer myself too. Quarter sheet is nice for slow rides in the rain though mine doesn't quite stay wrapped over my thighs right.
                                  True. You are assuming not clipped? I was assuming if it was cold enough to be a problem for the rider's thighs, it must be quite chilly. I ride outdoors all year in Ontario and haven't felt the need, myself, so I wouldn't know about rugs staying wrapped.

                                  eta: I suppose I was also assuming slow rides, as ime exertion warms me up.
                                  Last edited by Beck; Nov. 6, 2019, 09:03 AM. Reason: additon
                                  No matter where you go, there you are

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Beck View Post

                                    True. You are assuming not clipped? I was assuming if it was cold enough to be a problem for the rider's thighs, it must be quite chilly. I ride outdoors all year in Ontario and haven't felt the need, myself, so I wouldn't know about rugs staying wrapped.

                                    eta: I suppose I was also assuming slow rides, as ime exertion warms me up.
                                    Keep in mind, the OP says they are in the south. Which made me laugh a bit, given I live in a place which recently made top five of the top ten coldest places to live in the US.

                                    But people have varying degrees of cold tolerance - horses, on the other hand, historically never existed below the 30 degree latitude line and are literally designed for cold weather. There's pretty much no point at which it is "unsafe" to ride a horse when it comes to temperature. However, there are definitely points at which I no longer have functional limbs!

                                    OP, I live in Vermont and invested in a pair of Back On Track leggings last year. They made a big difference for me this past winter. They make a regular pair as well as a fleece lined variety.
                                    Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you have now was once among the many things that you only hoped for.

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                                      Thank you for all the suggestions. To answer some of the questions, I have different weights of long underwear that I use depending on the temperature. I also have a variety of winter breeches to wear. Chaps would be too warm causing me to sweat and then get chilled after the ride. The same with a jacket. I tend to use down vest when I need something more substantial than long sleeve shirts. I maybe where a vest when riding about 20 days a year. I also can't use a quarter sheet because the horse would get to warm. It would take too long after the ride to get him dry so I can put the blanket on. He is clipped but because of the humidity it still can take a while for him to dry.

                                      The problem temperature seems to be between 50 to 60 degrees with high humidity. The high humidity also make it feel much colder. If it is below 50, it is easier because then I just totally layer up. The problem where I live is it is easy to start sweating which them makes you cold after the ride. I laugh at myself because I grew up in Iowa where it is much colder However, riding in Texas is the coldest I have felt due to the humidity. I also have never had a good tolerance for the cold and it has gotten worse since I no longer live in the north.

                                      I am intrigued about the riding shirt idea, but couldn't find anything I think would work. The problem I found is they are too long. I need something about knee length so it wouldn't cover too much of the horse. I would also like to avoid spending $200+ if possible.

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                                      • #20
                                        Polar fleece leggings or Under Armour Cold Gear under breeches. Windproof breeches are great too.
                                        Wouldst thou like the taste of butter and pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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