As you might not know, I live in Canada and it is COLD in the winter time here! I have to really bundle up when I go out to the barn because here in Canada it can get as cold as -40 degrees celsius, which is SUPER cold! Usually, I don’t go out to the barn below -15 celsius, but even that is still cold!
So today, I am going to give you my top 10 winter riding essentials for every rider. Whether you live in Canada or some other place really cold, these essentials apply to you as well. It is so unenjoyable to ride when us riders can’t even feel our toes or our fingers feel like they are going to fall off (trust me, I know from experience). It is much more enjoyable riding when we are warm! So, I am giving you my essentials for riding in the winter! I hope you enjoy this post and most of all find it very helpful!
My Top 10 Winter Riding Essentials:
- Winter riding boots – Invest in a good, warm pair of winter riding boots or at least winter boots with a heel. You can find a pair of winter riding boots here. At Greenhawk, winter boots can be quite expensive so looking online for used boots is also a great idea as well!
- A bag of winter gear – I recommend buying a bag that you can put all of your winter gear in such as your mittens, hats, your winter coat, etc
- Ear warmers – Every rider has struggles especially when they are trying to shove their helmet over top of their winter hat (it doesn’t work). I suggest buying a pair of ear warmers, so you can fit your helmet easily overtop, struggle free.
- Warm packs for hands and feet – If you haven’t heard of warm packs, they are packs that you can put in your boots and gloves to warm up your hands and feet. An example of a brand of warm packs is called Hot Hands.
- Long socks – I recommend wearing long socks underneath your winter boots because it blocks the cold all the way up to your knees. You can find long socks at any tack store like Greenhawk or even at Walmart.
- Winter riding gloves – I am sure you have been in a situation where you are trying to tighten your girth or fasten your stirrups and your hands are freezing, so I suggest buying a pair of winter riding gloves so you still have some grip, but your hands will stay warm.
- Coffee/tea warming mug – Okay, I know this is general, but seriously it helps a lot after riding to have a warm cup of coffee waiting. If you buy a warming mug, it not only holds your coffee or tea, but you can leave it for however long and it will stay warm. This is definitely an essential!
- Winter breeches – Winter breeches are super helpful especially if you live in a cold climate. By buying a pair of winter breeches, you not only can stay warm but also don’t have to put another pair of pants underneath. Again, these also can be quite expensive so looking online for a used, cheap pair is definitely a good use of your time! Also, if you prefer not to wear breeches any type of pants will work. Just make sure you layer!
- Lip balm – So this is another general essential, but again it is super helpful! I know from experience, that in the winter my lips get really dry, but by having some lip balm in my pockets is very beneficial.
- Leg wraps – Now you might be thinking, what could I use leg wraps for in the winter? Well, I have a solution… a couple of my riding friends at my barn invented a new way to use leg wraps in the winter. You can use them by wrapping them around your helmet and covering your ears and then connecting the velcro together. I mean it isn’t the most fashionable invention in the world, but it definitely keeps your ears warm!
Well, that’s a wrap! (haha get it “leg wraps”, “wrap”? Okay, I’ll stop now.) I hope you found this post helpful and that it generated some ideas for what to bring to the barn when it is freezing cold outside. Thanks for reading!
What is your winter riding essential?