Competing in the winter

lauren123

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There are a few competitions that I am doing from now until feb/March time. Im wondering if anyone has any idea on how to keep warm in the colder weather? I was actually thinking of buying a size or two bigger jods and jacket so i can later underneath. But i arent so sure.
 

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You can get fleece lined breeches, often they're water repellent too, just make sure they fit in your long boots.

How about a thermal base layer under your show shirt, and maybe a sleeveless V neck jump over your shirt but under your jacket? Have a look for thick hunting weight shirts too.

Do you go on your own or do you take a helper? If you have a helper then long chaps and a warn jacket that you can take off just before you go in the ring, and several flasks of hot drinks or soup to warm you up, And an exercise sheet for Sox!
 

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Thermal long johns and tops are quite thin, e g of silk. Mine fit under my normal winter clothes. Riding clothes and normal clothes. I wear the bp at the same setting. Same with thermal socks under my normal ones. My first ever hack there was snow on the ground and the saddler kitted me out. All she sold me is still in use. Except I have not ridden much in winter these last 2 years.
 

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Thin thermals will definitely be your friend. They don't have to be expensive. I'm a warm body so don't need them much in the UK but when I've been skiing or mountain walking in the winter I have always got them from Uniqlo https://www.uniqlo.com/uk/en/women/innerwear-and-loungewear/innerwear . The basic range has always worked for me but my cold-blooded husband prefers the Extra Warm. I see they have expanded their range this year. I do recommend them!
 

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M&S do a pretty good range of thermals, they do some really thin ones that are good and would go under your normal showing clothes, I have the ultra snuggly merino wool ones and they are lush but still thin enough to go under my jods. I would def look at hunting attire, they are often heavier weight for winter riding.
 
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I have some Mark Todd soft shell winter breeches for hunting (other brands are available) and a wool jacket. I suppose there's a lot more moving around involved with hunting though. I wear my waterproofs over my jods while I'm getting ready, both to keep clean and for warmth. I wear them a lot in winter whether it's raining or not as they cut out the wind chill too.
 
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I wear my waterproofs over my jods while I'm getting ready, both to keep clean and for warmth. I wear them a lot in winter whether it's raining or not as they cut out the wind chill too.
What are your waterproofs Bodshi? And do you ride in them? I am told Ella doesnt like being ridden in a long mac over her bum. Am wondering whether to take her into the school and sort this. But probably not worth it as I dont like riding in a long coat and to try and keep my thighs dry, I bought some full chaps (as yet unworn due to Covid)
 

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You can get fleece lined breeches, often they're water repellent too, just make sure they fit in your long boots.

How about a thermal base layer under your show shirt, and maybe a sleeveless V neck jump over your shirt but under your jacket? Have a look for thick hunting weight shirts too.

Do you go on your own or do you take a helper? If you have a helper then long chaps and a warn jacket that you can take off just before you go in the ring, and several flasks of hot drinks or soup to warm you up, And an exercise sheet for Sox!
That's a great idea with the hot drinks. How about a fairly long thick coat to wear over your good clothes - and take off just before you need to? Buy a size bigger then its not a hassle getting it on and off.
 
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What are your waterproofs Bodshi? And do you ride in them? I am told Ella doesnt like being ridden in a long mac over her bum. Am wondering whether to take her into the school and sort this. But probably not worth it as I dont like riding in a long coat and to try and keep my thighs dry, I bought some full chaps (as yet unworn due to Covid)
For riding I have some Noble Equestrian waterproof trousers. They have a very thin lining which makes them quite comfortable without being overly warm. I also have some full chaps but they don't stop you getting a wet backside!

I don't think you can get Noble Equestrian in the UK any longer, unless you find them on an equestrian clearance site, as I did.

Like you I don't really like riding in a long coat.
 
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