Winter Riding Essentials You’ll Need This Year

Winter can be a tough time of year for riding, but there are ways to make it easier and more comfortable. We’ve come up with some of our favorite winter riding essentials for you and your horse. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

For the Rider

Having the right clothes and accessories can make riding in the cold less of a chore. We’re always looking for the best fleece lined, insulated, and cozy breeches, boots, and tops to keep you comfortable and warm during the winter riding season.

Shirts and Jackets

Shirts and Jackets

The key to keeping warm and comfortable is often layering. While we need more layers while sitting or being outside, riding can cause us to end up hot with too many layers on.

A great base layer for riding is the Ariat® Ladies Lowell 2.0 1/4 Zip Baselayer. This shirt not only great for layering with a flattering feminine fit, but it’s ergonomic thumbholes keep your sleeves from riding up, keeping your hands warm.

For the coldest days adding a jacket is imperative while riding. The Ariat® Ladies Veracity Waterproof Jacket is windproof, waterproof, and lightweight, offering comfort and warmth while you ride. It’s two-way zipper and removable hood make it an excellent choice when choosing a jacket to keep you warm this winter.

For a more casual option, the Kimes Ranch Ladies Augier Zip Front Hoodie will keep you warm without sacrificing style. The high neck design blocks the wind and elements, and the leather detailing adds a touch of style making it a wonderful option for both at the barn or around town.

Breeches

Breeches

The time for cooling breeches has passed and we have an assortment of breeches that will take you from fall, through winter, and into spring. The Schneiders Ladies Molly Cotton Knee Patch Breeches are so comfortable you'll have no problem wearing them all day long. The Horze® Women's Active Silicone Grip Full Seat Breeches are a great option for dressage riders that want extra grip and security in the saddle.

Boots

Boots

Sometimes you can’t get away with wearing your regular riding boots and socks when the temperature drops. The Ovation Ladies Mudster Comfort Riding Boots are both waterproof and self-insulating making them ideal for the winter weather. Also, this boot includes is a riding heel with a spur rest, making them perfect in the irons.

When you’re not on your horse, the Dublin® Ladies Eskimo Boots II is always a favorite. The waterproof and breathable full leather upper lifestyle boot is lined with synthetic fleece for additional comfort and warmth, perfect to keep you cozy and warm while you complete your barn chores.

Accessories

Accessories

One of the best ways to keep warm and comfortable in the saddle is a seat cushion. Our pick for a western saddle cushions is the Merino Sheepskin Western Seat Cover

Keeping your hands warm is important while riding in the winter months. The Kerrits® Ladies Hand Warmer Gloves provide warmth and flexibility in the cooler temperatures with a cozy fleece lining. Additionally, these gloves are touch screen friendly.

Your winter wardrobe can’t be complete without the Ariat® Space Beanie. This stylish and cozy beanie is lined with fleece to keep your ears and head warm during the cold weather.

For the Horse

Coolers

Coolers & Quarter Sheets

While you’re grooming and tacking your horse, keep them a little warmer by using the Dura-Tech® Polar Fleece Dress Sheet with Braid. It can be used both as a liner or to wick moisture after a ride as well.

While you’re riding the Dura-Tech® Polar Fleece Quarter Sheet keep your horse’s back warm and keep their muscles loose during the workout. You can the protect your horse and saddle from cold rain while warming your horse’s hind quarters with the Dura-Tech® Waterproof/Breathable Quarter Sheet. The warm, fleece underside keeps you and your horse toasty during the cold, wet weather.

These are a small selection of items we think are great for winterizing your riding routine. To shop all our winter riding essential suggestions, look at our complete guide.