Insulated Riding Boots Keep you Warm and Dry

In our last post, we shared advice on buying winter breeches . If you have ever had cold or wet feet, we don’t need to tell you how uncomfortable this feeling is. New and improved technologies provide us with better winter riding boot choices on the market than ever! At Dover Saddlery, we have been trying and testing some of the best winter riding boots and here is what you need to know.

The materials used on both the inside and the outside of the boot will make the biggest difference for warming your feet on cold days. The group of inner materials uses various methods to trap air and utilize your own body heat to insulate your boot, providing exceptional warmth without as much bulk or weight. Included in this category are Primaloft®, 3M™ Thermolite®, and Thinsulate™. These are ultimate inside material choices for moisture prevention and heavy duty cold performance on the market today.

Faux Fur Lining, fleece (typically synthetic), and pile Lining work well for moderate warmth, and are typically less expensive than the first group. Many of the latest fashion style riding boots use this group of materials and they still provide comfort and warmth against the elements.

Outer materials include leather, nubuck/suede, or synthetic materials. Leather and suede add a classy look, absorb moisture, and break in perfectly. They provide a traditional look while providing a strong outer that protects and breathes. Synthetic winter riding boot advantages include price and easy care. Look for synthetic winter riding boots that feature breathable materials that have some give to them for the best bang for your buck.

Another feature for your consideration includes the sole of the boot. A specially treaded sole is essential for traversing tough terrain and icy paths that you might encounter around the barn or if your boots are used for casual purposes.

The use of zippers makes pulling boots on and off ultra easy. Look for boots with laces or gussets for a more adjustable fit. If you are interested in boots made for barn chores, Look for styles that are able to withstand the acids and mud that are likely to be around the stable.

Winter Boots with Styles for Everyone

Now that we know what to look for when selecting the best winter riding boots, let’s discover some of the most popular boots available this year.

Classic Style Insulated Tall Boots

Those on the horseshow circuit or in cold climates, should checkout this year’s classic insulated tall boots that provide the show ring look essential for winning, while the insulating qualities keep you warm and comfortable so you can concentrate on your ride.

Ariat® Bromont Dress H2O Insulated Boot - The Ariat® Bromont Dress H2O Insulated Boots are deluxe tall boots that are ideal for showing and schooling in cold weather. ariat-bromont-insulatedMaintain a classy look with this traditional English tall winter boot that features a waterproof full-grain leather construction and Primaloft® insulation that provides warmth without bulk. Duratread™ outsole with dual direction tread provides traction in the stirrup as well as in mud and snow, and it resists barnyard acid. A full-length back zipper allows for easy on/off with stretch leather panel for a more customized fit. Ladies’ sizing with regular and full calf widths.

Mountain Horse Nordic Light High Rider Boots - mountain-horse-nordic-lightThe Mountain Horse Nordic Light High Rider Boots are classic full-grain leather field boots with a warm faux fur lining. 100% waterproof elastic along back of shaft for fit. Available in ladies’ sizing with regular calf, wide calf and short calf options.

Tall boots and Paddock Boots that Work and Play

There are some great choices this year for boots styles that are designed to do work around the barn, as well as double for a warm riding boot option. Some of the favorites include the following:

Ariat® Brossard Winter Boot The Ariat Brossard Winter Boot features is a warm waterproof ariat-brossard-winter-bootoption that will serve you well both in the saddle and doing chores.  The 200 grams Thinsulate® and a moisture-wicking lining topped with the waterproof classic leather outer make for a boot that will keep your feet warm and dry in the worst weather conditions. These boots have both a tall boot and paddock boot styling available. Choose from lace and zip.  Ladies’ and Children’s sizing options.

Mountain Horse® Ice Rider Tall Winter Boots The Mountain Horse® Ice Rider Tall mountain-horse-ice-riderWinter Boots feature a taped waterproof and breathable membrane with an in-between layer of Thermolite to keep feet dry and warm. The Duralon 1200 armor weave is an easy to clean, waterproof outer. The elasticized heavy-duty YKK Vislon zipper and elasticized calf allow for a more customizable fit. Available in ladies’ sizing in both regular and wide calf options. This boot is also available in men’s sizing.

dafna-blizzard-bootDafna Blizzard BootThe Dafna Blizzard boot is a perfect winter option for the budget minded equestrian. A fleece lined inner and water-repellent cordura-like fabric outer help block out the elements. The VELCRO® brand side closures allow an adjustable fit.

Fashionable Winter Riding Boots with style and warmth 

Wearing Winter Riding boots for fashion exudes classy style. Pair these popular boots with your favorite pair of jeans to not only look great, but keep your feet dry and toasty.

Ariat® Roseland H20 Boot - ariat-roselandThe Ariat® Roseland H20 Boot adds a chic styling to the traditional English boot look. This attractive pull-on slouch-style leather boot is easy and comfortable to wear and features a fleece cuff and a plaid fabric lining. The waterproof design keeps your feet dry and comfortable.

dublin-winter-zenithDublin® Winter Zenith Boot – The Dublin® Winter Zenith Boot offers warmth and comfort as it adds equestrian flair to your outfit.  You’ll love the comfy warm fleece lining and the elegant leather outer. Elastic calf for a great fit. Elegant look for on the town or in the saddle.


Mountain Horse® Eclipse Fashion Bootmoutain-horse-eclipseThe Mountain Horse® Eclipse Fashion Boot combines fun style, warm comfort, and a great price into one great boot. The waterproof rubber sole with a warm pile lining inner for insulation keep you comfortable in snow, sleet, and slush. Trendy shiny nylon topped with faux fur for a hint of luxury. This is a fashion boot that also can be used for barn chores.

This year’s provides vast options of insulated winter riding boots available at Dover Saddlery. Let us help you find your next favorite pair. When you are riding, working, or caught out in the snow, rain, or cold weather, you are sure to notice the difference a great pair of winter riding boots can make!

Raleigh Discussions: English Saddle Fitting

Discussions at Dover: English Saddle Fitting
Friday 4/11/14, 6:30-7:30 pm
at our Raleigh, NC Store!

Presented by: Kevin Chavis, Certified Saddle Fitter

• Basic points of saddle fitting
• How to determine whether a saddle is correctly balanced
• How to identify the subtleties of discipline specific fit

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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North Kingstown Discussions: Saddle Features as they apply to Saddle Fit

Discussions at Dover: Saddle Features as they apply to Saddle Fit
Thursday 3/13/14, 6:30-7:30 pm at our North Kingstown, RI Store!

Presented by:
Geoff Spicer, Bates/Wintec
David Zimermann, Stübben certified master fitter
“Oreo” the horse simulator from “Angels on Horseback”

• Learn about the Stubben spring loaded tree
• See how the shims/CAIR panels effect balance
• When and how adjustments are made
• Have a seat on “Oreo” the mechanical horse to feel the difference

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Winter Breeches for 2014: Make Cold Weather Riding Comfortable

Riding your horse in the winter can be an enjoyable experience – with the right riding apparel. Fortunately, there is a tremendous selection of winter breeches at varying price points with a grand array of styling options available.

So how do you choose the right winter breeches for you? At Dover Saddlery, we put our riding experience to work selecting the best winter breeches available to the Equestrian market.

Cold weather riders need winter riding pants that are grippy instead of slippery, provide comfort, aren’t too bulky, are available in the right sizes, and most importantly- WARM. The fabrics and options available from manufacturers vary.

Those looking for ultimate wind or rain/snow protection in the saddle will want to consider a waterproof option with wind barriers. Although more expensive than the thermal choices, they can be well worth the extra cost for riding in the elements.

Riders who don’t live in areas with severe weather conditions or those who seek only the nicest days in the winter to saddle up, might want to consider the purchase of a three-season breech. This versatile riding pant offers protection from the wind along with a heavier material that is perfect for cool or windy days.

Other innovative options available on the market include quality knee patches or full seat designs for saddle grip as well as handy pockets for your cell phone, iPod, or other accessories. No matter what your budget or riding preferences are, the ultimate winter riding breech is out there for you.

Winter Breeches for Every Budget

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular styles for 2014:

Kerrits riding breechesKerrits Power Stretch Breeches A mid-range choice is the Kerrits® Power Stretch® Breeches that feature a Polartec® PowerStretch fabric with a brushed fleece interior. These are so comfortable; you’ll feel like you’re wearing your favorite pajama pants. The exterior repels hay and horsehair while the EcoSuede™ knee patches help provide a secure ride.

Riding Sport™ Winter Soft Shell Breeches. Riding Sport™ Winter Soft Shell Breeches offers a mid price option with the latest fabric technology.  These breeches are breathable, flexible and versatile, and will guard you against wind, rain and snow.

Irideon® Polartec® Power Stretch® Knee-Patch Breeches.  The Irideon® Polartec® Power Stretch® Knee-Patch Breeches provide a warm breech solution without added bulk. The body-contouring panels make you feel and look great and are slim enough to fit under chaps or boots. These provide a perfect three season breech solution for riders.

Riding Sport Thermo Breeches for WinterThe popular Riding Sport™ Full-Seat Thermo Riding Pants slip easily over any pant adding an extra layer of warmth. These winter pants serve a dual purpose since they are perfect for doing barn chores and offer a full seat design making them ideal for winter riding as well.

Kerrits® Power Stretch®. Featuring 4-way stretch construction, Kerrits® Power Stretch® winter-weight riding breeches provide flexible, flattering style and fit with maximum warmth for cold days. These breeches have a thermal fleece inner for warmth with a debris repelling outer as well as a convenient accessory pocket. Choose from EcoSuede™ knee patches for grip in the saddle or maximize your stick-ability with the full seat option providing in-saddle no-slip grip even when wet! Kerrits® Power Stretch® tights are available in kids sizes, as well as a plus size winter riding breech options.

TuffRider® Winter Breech. For the economy minded equestrian, the TuffRider® Winter Breech provides a cold weather solution on a budget. These winter breeches offer a four-way stretch UniFleece that allows you to move comfortably while keeping you warm. Available in knee patch or full seat options. These are also available in children’s winter breech sizes.

FITS Winter BreechesFITS® Treads Pull-On Full-Seat Breeches. Those who follow the old adage, you get what you pay for; will want to consider the FITS® Treads Pull-On Full-Seat Breeches. These ultimate long lasting ladies’ winter breeches have a wind and debris resistant outer with a plush, insulating inner that wicks moisture. These breeches feature unique, rubberized ink dots specially-formulated to expand and contract with the fabric as you move and to return to their original shapes for long wear.

Everyone is sure to have a different favorite winter breech, and Dover Saddlery is committed to helping you find your perfect winter breech solution. This is only a sampling of the some of the winter breeches available for 2014. Don’t let the cold weather keep you from riding your horse this year. Try out a new pair of winter riding breeches today to see what a difference they can make!

DATE CHANGE DUE TO WINTER STORM – Discussions at Dover: English Saddle FittingNorth Kingstown Discussions: Springtime Show Prep from a Horse Health Perspective

Presented by: Ashleigh Crowell, DVM
NEW DATE: Thursday 2/20/14, 6:30-7:30 pm
at our North Kingstown Store

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Get Dr. Crowell’s opinion on timely details as show season approaches:
• Timing of “Coggins” test
• When to obtain a health certificate to cross state lines
• Best time to float teeth
• Timing of vaccinations

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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