Each year, hundreds of Canadian riders migrate south with their horses for the winter. Some go in search of opportunities to train and show; others simply seek sunshine and warmer temperatures. But thanks to travel restrictions and worries about the pandemic, this year many aren’t going at all.
If it’s been years since you chipped away at a frozen water bucket, bundled up in 10 layers to teach a 45-minute lesson, or had to Google “how cold is too cold to ride your horse?” there’s good news. We’ve put together a list of must-have items to help riders survive and even thrive in the winter months ahead.
Start with socks in a natural fibre like wool to retain heat while wicking moisture. Then choose a waterproof, insulated boot to keep your feet warm and dry:
Stylish and practical, the Ariat Extreme Zip Insulated Paddock Boot features 200g Thinsulate insulation, a moisture-wicking lining, and a waterproof full-grain leather upper.
The Mountain Horse Active Winter Highrider is a Canadian best-seller, with cozy faux-fur lining and an elastic side gusset for a sleek fit.
For the ultimate in luxury and comfort, custom boots from Kingsley Riding can be ordered with genuine sheepskin lining. The styles and colours are limited only by your imagination!
Layering is the key to cold weather comfort. Start with a lightweight base layer that keeps you cozy without adding bulk, and finish with a windproof, waterproof outer layer to protect you from the elements:
Available at Mark’s locations across Canada and online, these Lifa Merino Wool Thermal Pants fit easily under breeches, providing warmth without impacting performance in the saddle.
Thanks to its soft fleece lining and Wind Pro outer fabric which deflects snow, sleet, and winter winds, the Kerrits Sit Tight Wind Pro riding tight is a cold-weather staple for Canadian equestrians. Available in knee patch and full seat styles.
Tempo Equestrian’s TempiChange 3-in-1 coat is designed specifically for equestrians. The breathable outer shell includes a zippered back gusset with a reflective skirt for enhanced visibility and ease of movement in the saddle and features a detachable, adjustable hood. The inner Thinsulate jacket easily interchanges with other pieces from the TempiChange collection for versatile layering in changing weather.
Stay warm from head to toe while minding your melon with this mesh and fleece helmet liner from Back on Track.
Sometimes it takes a little extra power to make it through winter warmly. Options ranging from batter-powered clothing to powerful space-saving heaters can be the key to comfort on the coldest day.
Designed for motorcycle riders, Powersport Heated Clothing offers a line of Canadian-made products that work just as well for equestrians. Choose from battery-powered liners for jackets, vests, gloves and chaps, or wear them all at once!
If a heated barn or indoor arena seems like an impossible dream, think again. Infrared heaters are powerful, portable, and can take the chill off even the coldest day. For a more permanent solution, consider installing a wall- or ceiling-mounted unit. Note: NEVER leave any heater unattended and always unplug when not in use.