Tag Archives: Staying Warm

Keeping Warm for Less!: Fleece

I love my Columbia Fleece Jacket. I wear it everywhere, whether or not it smell like a horse. I got a good deal on it too, at an outlet mall! Fleece gets expensive, like everything else though. I really recommend shopping sales (Old Navy has some good ones) and outlet malls. If you’re shopping online…here are some good choices!

Here’s a good look at these choices plus a few of the pricier options out there! Don’t forget to look at sales and free shipping dates to save money! Sometimes you will see a crazy good price on an item because of limited sizes!

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Keeping Warm Continued!

O.K. I’ve covered winter boots, winter jeans/breeches, now let’s take a look at a couple smaller things…hats, gloves, and scarves. There are a lot of winter riding gloves, hats, and scarves available from tack stores but to be honest, those are the kind of things that get lost, beat up and ruined first. I don’t want to spend much on them at all. Buying from places like Wal-mart, Target, and Old Navy can get you some warm things at low prices…plus if you lose them a store is always near by.

I also love Forever 21 for their huge variety of winter accessories at low prices! I currently don’t wear a scarf to the barn and my hat of choice is a bright blue and yellow “Zep” hat that’s older than I am (I still love it though). My gloves are from Forever 21 and I love them! They are just simple cotton gloves with another set of fingerless cotton gloves to go over them. Extra warmth when you need it, and more finger freedom too! Plus they only cost $2.50, check them out here!

Coming soon…inexpensive barn coat alternatives & thermals…and a whole ensemble (could be a great set of Christmas presents!)

Keeping Warm!

It’s a pretty chilly morning out there today and it’s only going to get worse. I posted earlier about winter boots but what about winter pants? I’ve taken an interest in less layers this year and here’s how…pants made specifically for winter not just layers and layers of thermals under jeans that are already too tight (or is that just me?)

Here are two of my top choices for winter riding that are both cozy and affordable…

For the English rider, or any rider wanting to keep warm! TuffRider Unifleece Pull On Winter Breech at only $44.00 + $5.00 shipping they aren’t a bad price considering I’ve seen some that cost over $200!

If you aren’t looking for something so form-fitting try a pair of flannel lined jeans. You can find them in a number of places and fleeced lined too! Try out Rod’s Exclusive Flannel Lined Carpenter Jeans for $39.95. Dickies and Cabela’s also offer great fleece and flannel lined options for about the same price!

Winter Riding Boots

Soon wet, snowy, yucky, winter weather will be arriving. This year, I don’t want to deal with 4 pairs of socks, freezing toes, and leaky boots (I love my usual boots but they have a few weak spots!) Here are some of the best choices for winter riding boots I’ve been able to find. There are a few tall boots and a few shorter boots. My biggest concerns when looking for winter boots: warmth, waterproofing, traction without bulkiness, and the ability to ride with spurs…oh yeah and price.

Look for Less: Scarves

I don’t usually wear a scarf when I ride, but you know, sometimes it’s cold out and some extra warmth would be nice. Not long ago, I was looking for winter riding clothes and found a really nice scarf made by Goode Rider. It’s a nice, wool blend scarf with ruffles but it runs for about $70.00. Wow. Who has that kind of money to spend on a scarf? I found a similar style at Forever 21 for just $10.80. It’s not wool but it should add warmth and style (if that’s what you’re after). It also comes in three color choices. Since I don’t know many people who ride in scarves, this is more of style idea, but if that’s what you’re going for in the barn or winter horse events, then here’s some savings for you!

Catching Up…

Well, I enjoyed a nice fall break! (if two days off school counts) My friend Kim came out to visit this weekend so we got to spend a lot of time together. It was really great to have somebody come visit! Unfortunately, it’s back to school and work for me now. I am thankful Midterms are over but the weather has been pretty crummy the last few days.

I’ve been doing a lot of looking around for the best winter riding gear and so far most of what I’ve found is more on the English side. Why can’t I find any regular western boots with a bit more tread (not a ton) a good spur ridge, some waterproofing, and a fleece or insulated lining??? It’s frustrating, I tell you! But I’ve found a number of other things to stay warm and will be putting a list together ASAP! I think the cooler weather really is getting close now!

I have plans to go to Congress this weekend (it’s going to be a last-minute decision based on funds) Will any of you be there? Anything good I need to check out?

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday Steal: TuffRider Cotton Sheet

So, if your horse needs a blanket liner or maybe just a little extra warmth on the chilly fall days, try this cotton sheet! Listed on HorseLovers.com and Amazon (It’s sold though HorseloverzĀ on Amazon)…the Amazon choice is actually a couple of dollars cheaper, even though you’re technically buying from the same store. The TuffRider Stretch Cotton Horse Sheet is only $15.00! But, sadly, that is before shipping. Add another $7.50 for that. Ultimately though, you will still be getting the best price for a cotton sheet!