Wondering what to wear when hacking this winter? As the colder months approach, it’s important for both horse and rider to stay warm and stay safe when heading out hacking this winter.
We have put together a handy gear guide for happy hackers, to ensure all equestrians can enjoy a fun ride during the cooler season.
As an equestrian, it is vital to dress for the weather. We recommend wearing layers, which helps to trap warmth, whilst also wicking away moisture. As horse riding can cause you to work up a sweat, it is key to wear a moisture-wicking baselayer, such as the WeatherBeeta Victoria Premium Thermal Baselayer Top. This technical, thermal baselayer will provide warmth, wick away moisture and also provide UPF50+ sun protection for the winter sun.
You can add further insulation with a vest or body warmer, underneath your waterproof layer. Adding a vest, such as the WeatherBeeta Gia Puffer Vest, will prevent the body heat you create from escaping. Choosing a waterproof and windproof jacket, will help to keep you warm and dry, no matter what the weather. When hacking, rain can be no fun at times, but when both you and the horse are dressed appropriately, it will be easy to keep dry and cosy. The WeatherBeeta Kyla Waterproof Jacket is 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable with sealed seams and warm inner quilting. The storm cuffs and waterproof zips help to prevent water from entering the jacket, keeping you warm and dry. Look for a jacket with a split hem, to allow the jacket to fit over the saddle when riding.
Don’t forget about keeping your legs warm, too! Insulating thermal tights, such as the Dublin Warm It Thermodynamic Riding Tights, offer a warm fleece lining, are water and stain repellent and offer moisture wicking properties to keep you dry and comfortable.
The British Horse Society (BHS) states it is vital that you wear boots for safety, and it is important that your boots don't have too much grip but have a small heel to prevent your foot slipping through the stirrup. Check out Dublin’s range of riding boots and country boots with riding soles. Avoid boots with rugged soles, which may get caught in the stirrup, or soles which may slip.
In addition, we advise all equestrians to wear riding gloves when hacking. With multiple benefits, ranging from preventing the reins from slipping through your hands, to avoiding sores and rubs, whilst also keeping your hands warm and dry! A pair of gloves which are flexible enough to ride in, yet provide protection from the elements, are a great place to start. The Dublin Synthetic Leather Thinsulate Waterproof Gloves offer a waterproof outer with Thinsulate lining to provide warmth on those cooler days.
Finally, don’t forget about your horse! Keep your happy hacker dry with a waterproof or showerproof quarter sheet for horses. Opting for a reflective exercise sheet increases your visibility to other road users and pedestrians, keeping you and your horse safer. The WeatherBeeta Reflective Wrap Around Exercise Sheet is showerproof and breathable with an all over reflective material, making it ideal for hacking during winter.