Best gloves for winter horse riding

Best gloves for winter horse riding

Wearing winter gloves that fail to keep your hands warm while you’re with your horse is the worst. How can you ride properly if your fingers are slowly going numb?

Protecting the hands from the cold with good gloves is easy, the difficult thing is knowing which pair suits you best. Here are some quick answers to common glove-related questions that pop up when you’re thinking about a new pair of gloves.

What are most important requirements in a good riding glove?

A good glove offers the protection you need, ie thermal or ideally thermal + waterproof, comfort and a decent contact on the reins.

What’s the best warm leather riding glove?

For warmth and feel, it must be the leather Roeckl Chester Winter Glove without question of a doubt. Based on the bestselling Roeckl Chester Glove, it’s available in a great range of colours, even white which is perfect for those who compete in the winter months.

Roeckl Chester Winter Gloves Roeckl Chester Winter Gloves   Roeckl Chester Winter Gloves

 Are thin fleece gloves enough for winter?

For moderate cold 0ºC to +5ºC, gloves Roeckl Polartec can suffice. If you’re still cold or it’s 0ºC, you’ll need something thicker.

Are Thinsulate gloves warmer than neoprene ones?

Thinsulate has more insulating properties than neoprene. The insulation properties of Thinsulate are more helpful for retaining some heat produced by the body than neoprene, so the wearer can be comfortable and warm. When the body sweats, Thinsulate allows the water to evaporate, whereas neoprene, a polymerized rubber compound, does not breath. Thinsulate is often used as insulation in gloves and hats whereas neoprene tends to be used to create waterproof gloves and footwear. Our best selling Thinsulate glove is the Mark Todd Winter With Thinsulate.

Mark Todd Winter Gloves With Thinsulate    Mark Todd Winter Gloves With Thinsulate    

Can I use my phone when I’ve got my winter gloves on?

The Roeckl Polartec Touch Gloves are perfect for riders who need to be able to use their electronic devices while wearing gloves. Not having to take off your gloves so that you can make a call on your mobile is a massive advantage when it’s freezing cold. As well as having useful two finger touch screen design for the thumb and index fingers, they have a fully covered silicon grip on the palm as well.

Roeckl Polartec Touch Gloves   Roeckl Polartec Touch Gloves

What's the best Hi Viz glove?

If you're a rider that does a lot of hacking in winter, keeping your hands warm when you're riding out and exposed to the wind, wet and cold, is actually quite difficult given that your hands are still a lot of the time. The Harry Hall Softshell Riding Glove is the best on the market as it's fully Thinsulate lined and it has a deep cuff to stop the cold and wet getting in.

Harry Hall Softshell Riding Gloves

What’s the best warm yard glove?

When working on the yard, mucking out in the rain, scrubbing water buckets or picking out muddy feet, the Busse All Round Winter Gloves takes a lot of beating. Fully waterproof with an elastic cuff to keep the wind out, the durable nitrile palm and fingers offers good grip throughout the palm, while the fleecy lining will keep your fingers toasty.

Busse All Round Winter Gloves   Busse All Round Winter Gloves

If you want a glove that’s pliable enough to allow you to undo headcollars, the three quarter length fingers on the Woof Wear 3/4 Superstretch Neo Riding Glove provide total dexterity.

Woof Wear 3/4 Superstretch Neo Riding Glove

Aren’t mittens warmer than gloves?

Yes, by keeping your fingers together they’re always hotter at a similar thickness. You can use the Busse Lennox-Soft Winter Mittens for riding when it’s really cold. Made of softshell, they have a cosy fleecy lining and a deep knitted cuff to stop the draught from getting in round your wrists.

Busse Lennox-Soft Winter Mittens

So how much does a good pair of winter gloves cost?

The all-important question! It depends greatly on the materials and the manufacturer. There are hundreds of glove types and brands available, so we’ve put together the best ones we think you’ll love, hoping it will make your decision easier. In our range of winter horse riding gloves there's something to suit all budgets and all with free and fast UK delivery, regardless of how much you spend. 

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Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

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