Horse Riding Jackets for Autumn and Winter
Now that the colder weather has arrived, horse riders face the grim prospect of shivering their way through the long wet and often windy months of autumn and winter. All of us are keen to avoid this and the best way to do this is to get yourself a decent riding jacket. Before you begin searching for it, take a step back. Think about what it is you want from your jacket. The sheer number of styles, lengths, features, colours and brands that are now available, is overwhelming. So where do you start? The answer: with this guide. It will enable you to identify what you really want from your jacket find the best one that meets your needs.
Consider the weather
Whether we like it or not, the weather is probably the single most important consideration for us equestrian riders. The weather varies massively around the UK and for that matter around the world. So consider the type of winter weather that you usually face in your area. For the best part most horse riders want a riding jacket that is waterproof or at the very least, water resistant. If being waterproof is top of your list, take a look at the Mountain Horse Windsor Jacket. Admittedly it’s at the upper end of the price bracket but it has a huge number of other features besides just being waterproof!
If you prefer something lighter and less bulky, a blouson style is probably better for you. The Toggi Team GBR Berlin Unisex Blouson Jacket is one of our best sellers and you’ll be ready for the Olympics in Rio!
I think we all have to deal with wet weather but think about what the most extreme weather conditions you’re likely to face. For bitterly cold weather and freezing winds, you need to look for other features that the jacket needs to offer. For example, although elasticated cuffs might not be the height of fashion, they do actually stop the cold from getting in. Equally a hood can protect your head from biting winds.
Those who live in snowy areas will probably need something that is waterproof and incorporates materials specifically designed to hold in body heat and keep out the cold. Once again, it’s Mountain Horse who have the best jacket in our opinion. The Mountain Horse Alps Jacket is not only super trendy, it’s also filled with super, lightweight down to keep you uber warm!
Check the Fit
Besides meeting the weather requirements, a jacket also needs to fit well. Check possible pressure points to avoid discomfort, ie pulling uncomfortably across the chest or across the back when the arms are moved, or even ripping, ie when it’s too tight at the back of the arms.
When you’re buying your jacket, remember that what you wear underneath it is likely to be much thicker and bulkier. So the jacket needs to allow room for this.
Select a Suitable Style
Since buying a jacket is often a significant investment, you want it to be flattering as well as functional. Even if you feel that they’re ‘only’ at the stables, you’ll probably still want a style that presents you in your most favourable light. So consider the shape of your body when you select your jacket. We all know that fashion gurus love to pigeon hole us (!), the following reminder of the basic body types will help you select a jacket that will be most flattering to their shape.
|Body shape||Description||Recommended style|
|Apple||The apple shape carries weight at the waistline.||A jacket that fits snugly around the bust and is long for a slimming effect. Avoid puffed jackets as they add bulk.|
|Pear||The pear shape carries weight on the hips and thighs.||A jacket should come to mid-thigh for pear shapes. Fur or a large collar at the neck draws attention up toward the rider’s face.|
|Strawberry||The strawberry shape has a wide chest and bust, broad shoulders, and a slender waist and legs.||A jacket that hugs the rider’s upper body and is A-line will provide the necessary balance.|
|Hourglass||The curvy or hourglass shape has a fairly slender waist with wider hips and a larger bust.||A cropped or fitted style, possibly with a belt that accentuates their slender waist. Avoid baggy or loose fitting styles.|
|Rectangle||The rectangle shape has a flatter chest, narrower hips, and a slim waist.||A fitted or tailored style will complement their athletic and feminine shape.|
Even if you don’t fit perfectly in to one of these categories, you can probably relate to the style that we’ve recommended.
Picking a Colour
As well as all of the considerations above, choosing a colour is also important. Navy and black are hugely practical and will coordinate with most of your equestrian wardrobe. However adding a jacket in this season’s colour, e.g. plum, can add a much needed injection to a conservative selection of riding attire! You’ll need to be sure though, that you’ll get enough wear out of this and work out which different outfits it will co-ordinate with.
Theoretically, any jacket that keeps you warm and dry is fine. Lots of riders wear brands and styles of coats that were not designed specifically for riding. However, an equestrian riding jacket that is, are generally much more hardwearing than street wear, offer more comfort and a better range of movement. Try not to be tempted by the first jacket you see in the Clearance section. It’s far better to give some careful thought before making a purchase. With some perseverance, you should be able to find a good quality jacket at a fair price that should see you through one if not the next couple of seasons.