How to keep your extremities warm

how to keep your extremities warm

For some riders, cold or freezing temperatures means less time with their horses because they struggle to keep warm — but it doesn't have to be that way.

Keeping your feet and toes warm can be difficult during long hours outside while you take care of the dreaded chores and spend time with your horse. If you have a hard time keeping your extremities warm, wearing good socks, gloves and headwear can help you get through the winter more comfortably.


Believe it or not, there is now technically designed head gear to keep your head and bits of it, ie your ears, warm without sacrificing safety.
Best for complete warmth 
Equetech Riding Hat Thermal Liner   

Equetech Riding Hat Thermal Liner
Snug fit; covers ears, neck, back and chest.
Best for ear protection 
Equetech Riding Hat Ear Warmers

Equetech Riding Hat Ear Warmers 
Faux sheepskin lining; fits under any riding hat or helmet.
Best choice of colours 
Mark Todd headband
      Mark Todd Headband   Mark Todd Headband

Fits comfortably under a riding hat or helmet; breathable; selection of colours.


As the air gets even colder, it can become difficult to keep your hands and fingers warm while riding and doing your chores. Select the best pair of gloves you can afford, and they’ll prove a good investment of your time and money, and will help ensure your hands stay warm. Good quality gloves should last as well providing you don’t lose them!

Best for contact and grip 

Roeckl Chester Winter Gloves   Roeckl Chester Winter Gloves 

Fine synthetic leather; warm lining; touchscreen compatible.

Best for warmth
Mark Todd Winter Gloves With Thinsulate

Mark Todd Winter Gloves With Thinsulate

Soft thinsulate lining; long cuffadjustable wrist tab with press stud fastener.

 Best for everything
      Roeckl Polartec Touch Gloves

Made of warm fleece; highly breathable; quick drying.
Best for doing jobs on the yard and in the field

Busse All Round Winter Glove 

Busse All Round Winter Gloves

Waterproof; extremely hard wearing; warm fleece lining.  

F E E T 

Just as with your horse riding boots, good winter socks not only need to be warm but also wick away moisture to help keep your feet dry. When your feet are dry, they're more likely to be warm as well. Look out for materials such as fleece, wool or merino wool as socks made of these will keep your feet warm and dry.
Resist the temptation to layer socks too heavily. Too many pairs will limit circulation. You need to be able to put your foot into your boot without feeling like you have to squeeze it in.
A pair of nylon socks, like those worn under field boots or dress boots, is a good additional layer to wear under a wool sock that will not add any thickness.

Most popular
Woof Wear Winter Riding Socks


Woof Wear Winter Riding Socks Woof Wear Winter Riding Socks Woof Wear Winter Riding Socks
 Thermal; specially designed for wear with riding boots; hard wearing.  

Best for warmth
Noble Equestrian Alpine Merino Wool Socks
 Noble Outfitters Alpine Merino Wool Socks 

 32% merino wool; superior moisture wicking properties; heel-to-toe padding.

If you need more help with what to wear whatever the weather throws at you, our collection of winter horse riding wear includes coats, gilets, legwear and other thermal products to keep you warm and toastie!

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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.


  • Karen posted on February 05 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Great tips for cold weather. As a horse rider and motorcyclist I swap my kit around, I have even taken the thermal winter lining out of my bike jacket and used it in my yard layers, keeps me toastie warm. The other essential addition is a good waterproof, as it also helps cut down on the windchill

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