Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You


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Consider your horse-life clothing needs and the activities you need to prepare for during the cold season.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

I bet every veterinarian has at least one story to tell about a horse owner not being properly clad when dealing with an equine emergency. Eventually the vet realizes they have to turn their attention from caring for an injured horse to caring for a shivering, hypothermic owner. Before winter hits with a one-two punch make those needed additions to your wardrobe which will help ease you through what winter has to dish out

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

8 Responses

  1. re: Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You

    I bought winter work gloves from the dollar store.

    Fuzzy rain boots and a hat, mits and splash pants is what I plan to rock this winter 🙂

  2. re: Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You

    I own two horses and take very good care of them. I love them and they have now become a very important part of my life. I live in Sweden and climate is very cold during that days in Stockholm. I usually prefer gloves, jackets and knee length riding bo

  3. re: Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You

    I agree with you, in winters you need to have proper winter clothing and suitable gears when you are riding a horse. A waterproof clothing is a must have in the wardrobe. If you want to purchase winter clothes or gears for horse riding, you can contact

  4. re: Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You

    Someone just passed on this link to me of "Toastie" breeches. You can buy them in all different warmths, i.e. Deerskin Patches, Lambskin Patches or full seat. I can’t explain it all so I recommend you to check it out. I bought just the simple

  5. re: Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You

    I shop at llbean for riding vests, barn coats, flannel or fleece-lined jeans, and barn boots (sherpa lined). Although Bean ships everywhere free, they originate in Maine, and they know cold weather in Maine. Also for winter riding, Dublin makes great w

  6. re: Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You

    I used to teach riding lessons in Minnesota.  I would teach in unheated barns all winter far after the sun went down.  One of the best methods of staying warm was borrowing a quiet horse that I would ride bareback and the horses body would ke

  7. re: Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You

    layers of clothing, turtlenecks and a scarf.  A good wool pullover or cardigan under a waterproof windbreaker is great for warmth w/o weight.  Glover liners or the fingerless gloves under riding or work gloves are excellent for keeping hands

  8. re: Choose the Right Winter Clothing for You

    Layers –  Lots of layers.    A tobagan ( tuke ),  good warm boots,  insulated gloves –  bibbed insulated overalls and you can stand doing chores in zero weather.    Water proof wind resistant coat a must.  

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