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What To Wear for Horseback Riding in the Winter

What To Wear for Horseback Riding in the Winter

The cold, snowy Wyoming winter shouldn’t keep you and your horse from hitting the trails. It’s best to keep you and your horse active all year-round, but you’ll need to bundle up more than you’re used to. Here’s a guide to what to wear for horseback riding in the winter to keep you comfortable.

Base Layer

The key to staying warm is dressing in layers, starting with a base layer that aims to keep you dry. Even in the cold, you’ll likely break a sweat during your ride, which can add a chill if you aren’t wearing a breathable and moisture-wicking base layer. Consider a performance long-sleeve or turtle neck made out of synthetic fabric as it will keep moisture out and dry quickly.

Middle Layer

Your base layer won’t do much for keeping you warm, which is why your middle layer is so important. You’ll still want a breathable fabric, but the middle layer’s most crucial aspect is staying warm. A fleece or wool jacket or sweater is the best option for staying warm while also wearing a fabric that can absorb moisture.

Outer Layer

The outer layer you choose will depend on the day’s weather forecast. For a milder winter day, a simple waterproof jacket will suffice. For a snowy cold day, add an insulated waterproof coat for a little more warmth.

Lower Body Layers

Keeping your legs warm is just as important as your upper body. Once again, you’ll want to dress in layers. Wear a synthetic base layer pant with thermal riding pants over them. Avoid wearing snow pants as the material is too slippery and can make winter riding dangerous.

Don’t Forget the Details

Skipping over the little details when bundling up will surely leave you with a chill. Wool socks and winter riding boots are imperative to keeping your feet warm and not ruining your leather riding boots. Thermal leather gloves are also a good option for giving you ample dexterity and grip without sacrificing insulation. Lastly, throw on a neck warmer and an insulated skull cap to wear under your helmet.

Making sure you’re bundled up for winter is just as important as fitting your horse with winter sheets and blankets. Use this guide as your go-to for what to wear for horseback riding in the winter.