Without a doubt, we can confidently say that no equine owner looks forward to the chilly winter weather. But now that these months of the year are inevitable, how do you safeguard both your horse and yourself from the biting cold? We compiled a number of responses from the experts on the best winter gear. Check out below:
To begin with, wear a long padded winter coat to keep the extreme weather elements out. Complement this with a pair of waterproof yard boots (preferably knee-high). With these, that loss of feeling in the toes that follows extreme cold (more so if you’re working in the yard) will be avoided. Consider going for those specially designed for horse-riding; those that can be easily rinsed off prior to jumping in the saddle.
When you’re looking for the right pair of boots, don’t forget appropriate cold-weather socks to match. Complete your outfit with thermal leggings, waterproof over-trousers, thermal base layer tops, a close-fitting jumper, a waterproof coat, a thin balaclava and a pair of gloves.
As for riding-specific winter gear, we recommend ceramic-heat-therapy undergarments for warmth on the upper parts of the body, plus insulated riding boots to protect your feet and legs from the cold when riding.
For your equine friend...
First of all, consider owning at least one turn-out rain sheet, one medium-weight blanket, and one heavy-weight blanket. These will help you alternate your horse’s covering depending on how chilly the weather is.
Next, buy some thermal layers and insulated snow boots for your horses. Coolers thrown over his back can also help him remain dry and warm. They also help wick moisture and prevent the horse from cooling off too fast, thus avoid tense muscles, muscle spasms and shivering. Other apparels that serve a similar purpose are Irish knits (AKA string coolers).
Therapeutic blankets promote overall equine health, alleviate aches and pains, help enhance blood circulation, helps soothe muscles, warm the horse’s body, among other functionalities. These come in various styles and types, including quarter sheets, fleece sheets, mesh sheets and turnout blankets.
Safe riding, and stay warm!
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