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?
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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 Waterproof 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. Complete with drop tail and split back to cover you and your tack. 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 is the ultimate jacket for winter riding. It will keep you warm, dry and comfortable in the saddle all-day long.”
Kerrits also has a very stylish and versatile lightweight and packable Kerrits DeLite Quilted Packable Hybrid Jacket with features every equestrian will appreciate. Perfect for seasonal transitions when temperatures can fluctuate, this hybrid jacket features a lightweight 100-gram poly loft quilted fabric that provides great warmth without any bulk. Stretch fleece panels are placed in areas that any rider will appreciate while the athletic cut flatters all body types. Complete with a two-way front zipper for in-saddle comfort, the DeLite easily packs up so you can take it to the barn, town, or beyond!
A super practical and inexpensive option that can be tucked away in the trailer or barn tack room is The Saddle Slicker. It comes with a removable hood for use with or without your hat or helmet.
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. Those who must ride in wet, cold weather will appreciate the full coverage of a duster. Riders living inland (ie: Parkfield, Creston) know that it can get freezing-cold and may find an Muddy creek 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 3.0 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.
For a simpler look, the Horze Classic Quilted Riding Vest is your go-to. This stylish and casual riding vest features a quilted outer shell with a diamond-shaped pattern. Snap buttons complete the adjustable waist and back to create a flattering, tailored look. A double zippered front and two front pockets make this piece incredibly functional. Breathable, water repellent and windproof, this vest is ideal for any season- in or 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.
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