The days are getting shorter and the evenings cooler. Rain is in the forecast. So that gets us thinking about winter weather gear for Equestrians. Brie, of Riding Warehouse, shares with us up-to-date info on what is available and what works for keeping dry, warm and active while pursuing our riding activities and getting our barn chores done.
Central Coast winter weather means wet (yay!), and cold – even freezing – temperatures. How can the Equestrian who spends time outside in the winter months stay active and warm?
Let’s First Consider a Waterproof Coat
A raincoat will keep you dry and active in the saddle and around the barn.
For a stylish option Brie suggests, “The Kerrits Fall Women’s Waterproof Element Barn Jacket as it’s completely waterproof and comes with a hood. This parka like style is designed with the equestrian in mind with a barn-worthy exterior which protects you from the elements. The Hydrotek™ fabric that is critically seam-sealed to keep the cold out and you nice and toasty warm. Zippered ventilation under the arms prevents overheating during your ride, while the two-way front zipper allows you to adjust for the ideal setting depending on the outdoor conditions. This jacket will keep you warm, dry and comfortable in the saddle all-day long.”
A super practical and inexpensive option that can be tucked away in the trailer or barn tack room is The Hooded Rain Poncho.
A duster is a long – down past your knees – waterproof riding coat that splits in the front and back so it can drape down to cover your legs while in the saddle. Brie shares her insight regarding Polyester or Oilskin dusters, “For our milder winter climate, the nylon dusters like the Muddy Creek duster is usually sufficient. However, those living inland (ie: Parkfield, Creston) know that it can get freezing-cold and may find an oilskin duster useful for the cold winter mornings and nights.”
Need a Warm Coat for Early Morning Winter Activities?
For extreme convenience and versatility, the Ariat Women’s Ideal Packable Down Jacket is an essential piece when it comes to keeping warm during your travels, wherever they may be! With the inclusion of a stuff sack for easy stowing, this jacket is ideal for unpredictable weather and is extremely portable, whether riding along the trail in changing weather or traveling around the world or simply feeding horses on a frosty early morning.
How to Deal with Variations Central Coast Winter Temperatures: Dress in Layers
A day at the barn or out riding on the Central Coast might start out really cold then warm up to be quite comfortable then get back to really cold again. The secret here is to dress in layers with a vest being one of those layers as it keeps your core warm but does not constrict the movement of the arms. Brie gives her suggestions on vests:
This Lightweight Vest from Powder River is a great choice when you need a lightweight layer that emulates classic Western styling.
For a simpler look, the Noble Outfitters Classic Vest is your go-to. This oh-so-functional vest features smooth nylon construction with a water-repellent finish that will keep your core protected when those surprise showers hit. The stretch side panels and a slight racerback design allow for unrestricted movement and the dropped back hem ensures you stay covered both in and out of the saddle.
Protect the Legs While in the Saddle
Half Chaps will protect your lower legs while in the saddle. “Ariat Breeze Half Chaps are extremely high-quality extra soft leather; they feel like butter! They feature an elastic panel for a custom contoured feel,” exclaims Brie. “The best part?” she asks. “They are washable!! They also feature a breathable moisture wicking lining for comfort through all seasons here on the central coast.
On longer rides or warmer days when you need more breath ability, the Dublin Ventilated Half Chaps are a great and popular choice.”
Get Out and Ride!
We live in a beautiful place with “mild” winter weather that allows us to pursue our riding activities all year round. So get out there and ride this winter with the best winter riding clothing options available. Check out accessory options to top off your winter equestrian wardrobe.
Just so you know, clicking the above links takes you to the product on the Riding Warehouse site. This makes shopping easy and convenient for you. We do get a little kick-back from items purchased, giving us resources to bring you more stories, yet your price stays the same. It’s a win-win! Local riders, you can order items online and request in-store pick-up – during checkout – at the Riding Warehouse store. Happy Trails!