The first rain storm of the season always brings a welcome reprieve from the dust and dry grass we deal with coming into the fall on the Central Coast. The wet and mud a rain storm leaves behind that gets us thinking about winter weather gear for Equestrians. Let’s catch up with the most 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.
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This is the second of two articles about winter riding gear for the Central Coast. Check out the first article Central Coast Winter Riding – Apparel.
Wet and Muddy Conditions Require Waterproof Boots – So Many Options
Waterproof boots are really a necessity when conditions get wet and muddy. Your feet will stay dry and the boots are easily cleaned. There are so many options to choose from starting with a basic Women’s rubber rain boot or something more purposed like Dublin Pinnacle winter riding boots. Click on the picture or link to go to the product on the Riding Warehouse site.
There are rubber boot styles for men as well. Check out the Justin Men’s Waterproof Steel Toe Work Boots .
Hats, Gloves and Other Accessories
Keeping your head warm when out in cold to freezing weather is an important key to keeping the rest of you warm and comfortable. Here are some hat and head covering options for winter riding and activities:
Stay warm and in style with the Horze Pom Pom Beanie! Featuring a light dusting of crystals and a pom pom, this cozy beanie is lined with fleece for head-hugging comfort.
Headbands are also a great way to keep your ears warm even while riding as they fit under a helmet too. Try the LeMieux Luna Winter Headband. The warmth and comfort it provides will serve you well on cold mornings and evenings.
Brrr . . . doing barn chores on freezing-cold winter mornings and evenings can be quite difficult when your hands can’t function. Wearing gloves not only protects your hands but keeps them warm and functioning. Brie gives some glove suggestions here, “For winter barn chores, you will probably want to select a pair of gloves that is warm but not too bulky. For this purpose, we recommend the SSG Ranch Gloves or the Roeckl Julia Fleece-Lined Winter Riding Gloves. Both of these gloves provide warmth without the bulk and both provide great grip on the reins as well.”
For waterproof glove options, check out the Ovation Thermaflex Winter Waterproof Riding Gloves or the Heritage Extreme Winter Riding Gloves.
Now onto the finer things of life, warm socks. Smartwool socks wick moisture to keep your feet dry and Kerrits tall wool socks keep your feet cozy.
Protect Your Leather Tack and Boots and Horse Blankets
Winter weather can take a toll on your leather tack and boots. Plan to protect your investment and prepare the leather for wet weather. Brie has some suggestions for leather protection products, “Ray Holes Leather Care Dri-Boot Waterproofing should be applied on clean leather before you are going to expose the product to water. Allow time to dry before exposure. Apply periodically throughout the rainy season as needed and follow the directions provided by the manufacturer.”
Don’t neglect tack cleaning in the winter, especially if it gets wet. Use a tried and true leather soap like Fiebings and follow up with the traditional hydrophane oil which will keep your leather supple and waterproof in every season of the year.
Does your horse’s blanket need waterproofing to prepare for the rainy season? Dry Guy Horse Blanket Waterproofing Spray offers water-repelling properties to fabric. It should be applied before exposure to moisture.
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 options for a complete winter wardrobe with jackets and chaps to keep you warm and dry.
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