How to Keep Your Hands & Feet Warm – Winter Gloves & Winter Riding Boots

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Freezing feet and fingers are a common struggle around the barn in the cold winter months. While layering up your core for the cold is easy with the many available options in thermal shirts, vests and fleeces, keeping hands and feet warm can be more challenging. Start layering gloves and it quickly becomes cumbersome and impossible to unhook a halter or latch a paddock gate. Too many socks and you’ve accidentally hindered circulation or caused your feet to sweat and then freeze. Layering doesn’t work so well for the extremities, so keep them warm with the right pairs of winter gloves, winter riding boots and winter socks.

Fix Freezing Fingers

  • SSG® 10 Below Synthetic Leather Gloves – Since layering gloves is difficult, finding a pairssg 10 below winter gloves that will be warm enough to keep your hands comfortable on its own is important. Thinsulate™ lining is bulk-free to provide warmth while allowing you the maneuverability to do up buckles on bridles. This glove has been a hit for years but has recently been updated with “Wintersun,” a Thermal Feelings heating material that makes these winter gloves even more effective and warm. Wet gloves are a main offender of cold fingers; the waterproof backing on these makes wearing them in snow worry free.
  • Heritage Extreme Winter Gloves – These are one of our popular pairs of gloves and are an effective choice to keep your hands protected from snow, rain, wind and cold. The inside of these winter gloves has a fleece lining for cozy warmth, while the outside features stretchy nylon to allow for full range of motion and normal hand use. Designed specifically for riding, these gloves have a patented Rein Cut™ design which allows you to hold the reins comfortably and effectively while riding. As an added bonus, a small zippered pocket can be found on the gloves to store hand warmers, a bit of money, your ID or even keys. 

Defrost Frozen Toes

  • smartwool arabica socksSmartWool® Arabica II Tall Socks – Keeping your feet and toes warm starts with the proper socks, and these are up to the task. Because these socks are naturally moisture-wicking, foot temperature is easily regulated to keep your feet dry and warm in cold weather. Designed with extra wool in the high-wear areas and an elastic enforced arch and ankle area, these winter socks will stay put for comfort and will last through many wearings. 
  • Mountain Horse® Ice High Rider III – Waterproof and insulated, these tall winter mountain horse ice high rider iiiriding boots are perfect for tromping through snow in the paddocks as well as riding. The Thermolite® 200 gram lining will keep your calves, feet and toes warm while you tend to the barn and your horse. These tall winter riding boots are designed for durability and comfort with a shock-absorbing heel to limit the impact of walking around the barn doing stable chores. Additionally, a material called Extensia, which withstands more than one million flexes in cold temperatures, is used in these boots to help keep you warm consistently throughout their long lifetime. 
  • mountain horse winter paddock bootsMountain Horse Active Winter Zip Paddock Boot – If you prefer a paddock boot over a tall boot, these are the perfect choice for winter. A waterproof footbed and faux fur lining ensure your feet stay dry and warm in the frigid winter temperatures. Elastic panels create a perfect fit and make these winter riding boots very comfortable to wear. The same shock-absorbing heel and Extensia construction is used in these paddock boots that is used in the tall winter riding boots above. 

With effective warm winter gloves and winter riding boots you will be able to keep your extremities comfortable and able to function around the barn and in the saddle. Stay at the stable for as long as you want during cold temperatures this year- keep those fingers and toes toasty and enjoy more time with your horse at the barn.

Let us know in the comments what your tricks are to staying warm in the winter!

Perfect Winter Horse Blankets for Every Horse’s Personality

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Guest Post by Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore, Marketing Communications Manager, Weatherbeeta USA

We’ve all been there: standing in front of racks of winter horse blankets in a sea of colors and styles wondering which winter turnout is going to meet your horse’s needs as well as yours. WeatherBeeta has taken the pain out of blanket shopping by suggesting turnouts based on your horse’s personality.  Continue reading

Brand New Fall Apparel! – Joules Equestrian Fall Line

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A change of season is always a good opportunity for a change of wardrobe. Joules consistently offers clothing that is functional for wearing around the barn, yet so well styled that it begs to be worn daily for everything you do. This fall’s new clothing line is no exception. Take a look at some of the new fashionable Joules equestrian inspired items that are ready to make their way into your closet this fall. Continue reading

Trick or Treat! – Halloween Horse Treats

 

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While dressing up as a knight in shining armor and taking your horse trick-or-treating is a tempting idea, it’s rare to find a neighborhood house that has horse treats on-hand. So instead of ending up with a disappointed horse, bring the trick-or-treating to your barn and give him a treat tonight, or any night! The standard apples and carrots are always good, but for an extra special treat, there are a variety of horse treats that look good enough you’ll want to try them! Here are some of our top sellers and horse favorites: Continue reading

Brand Spotlight: Kerrits® Fall and Winter Wardrobe

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Getting dressed for the barn in the cold weather becomes a process of layering clothing to be comfortable working around the barn and on horseback. For the past 28 years, Kerrits has worked to create clothing that allows you to look your best and perform at top level, while being comfortable no matter what time of year it is. This fall and winter season is no exception. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from Kerrits this year. Continue reading

In the Saddle with William Micklem: Building a Better Bridle

 

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The Micklem bridle has seen large success since its introduction, appearing on horses more and more frequently. Designed to fit the shape of the horse’s skull, the Micklem bridle is intended to be the most comfortable bridle for the horse, making it very effective. We were thrilled to be able to talk with William Micklem recently about the development of his bridle, what makes it unique, and what’s to come. Continue reading

Body Clipping and Types of Horse Clips

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As the evenings are dropping in temperature, your horse’s coat is likely changing and growing in thick for the winter.  If your horse is in regular work and tends to run hot enough to work up a sweat, you may be considering body clipping. Body clipping allows the horse to dry off quickly after becoming damp or sweaty, reducing the chance of it catching a chill and becoming ill. Not all horses need to be body clipped, and if you only ride your horse leisurely or not at all, he should be fine keeping his coat. There are a variety of types of horse clips to choose from, and depending on the amount of work you will be doing with your horse and how hot he runs, some may be more appropriate than others. Take a look at these popular types of horse clips to see what might work best for you: Continue reading

Visit Us At the All American Quarter Horse Congress!

dover quarter horse congress For the first time ever, Dover Saddlery is exhibiting at the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. The first Quarter Horse Congress horse show ran in November of 1967,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA with over 5,000 riders attending. The event was considered an outstanding success and over 40 years later is still drawing huge crowds as the world’s largest single-breed horse show. Typically, Quarter Horse Congress has over 17,000 entries each year, with almost 6,000 Quarter Horses coming for the three-week long event.

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6 Types of Horse Blankets You May Need

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With winter coming up, it’s important to ensure you have all the types of horse blankets you will need to get your horse comfortably through the cold and wet weather. First you should be careful to evaluate your horse’s living situation, as well as how she specifically reacts to temperature- does your horse run hot? Is she clipped? Is she older or does she have any health conditions that may alter how she is able to regulate her own heat? Then make sure your stock of horse blankets has the right layers to cover all the scenarios your horse may encounter this winter. Here are the six types of horse blankets you may find yourself needing:

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5 Tips for Reducing Horse Tack Clutter

 

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Over time horse tack and other equipment can accumulate and make your tack room and barn aisles overcrowded. Barn clutter does more than just make a barn look messy. Extraneous items in barn aisles can get in the way, impede movement and cause potentially harmful situations. With winter and blanketing season approaching, the aisles can become even more chaotic as wet blankets are hung to dry and various blanketing layers are stored around stalls. Start with these tips to reduce the horse tack clutter around your barn:

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