Every horse owner needs a reliable winter horse riding jacket, period. A jacket to rely on in wind, rain and storms is essential for being able to get on with the job in hand, whether that be for mucking out, keeping warm and dry, or riding.
What to look for in a winter horse riding jacket
There are a number of key points rider’s look for in a horse riding jacket, especially over the colder months. Mucking out, riding, and long days outdoor mean the jacket must not only be versatile, but waterproof, breathable and windproof. Combined, these factors will help keep you dry from becoming to warm or too cold.
A waterproof jacket will better suit your needs than a water resistant one, especially while out hacking if you’re caught in a downpour, however, you’ll find the price tag can differ substantially. If you’re looking for a waterproof coat, pay careful attention to the manufacturers details on the tag as often the two can be confused. Tags often include level of waterproofing, re-proofing requirements and other special care instructions.
Versatility is another area that should be given some consideration. If you’re looking to ride in the jacket, no matter what the length it’s a good idea to check for zippers to open up the shape to allow for movement and the seated position in the saddle. Some have legs straps (longer length) while so have poppers, zips or gullets in the back. While not in the saddle, it’s advantageous to be able to close any additional material away as not to hinder activity when mucking out.
Pockets to the front are advisable, which are deep enough for a mobile phone, with zips for added security. Inside pockets are a fantastic way to keep belongings safe. YKK zips are a highly suitable industry standard, that often outlast other versions on the market.
Bear in mind, what you pay is what you get. Paying the extra amount now could mean the difference between your purchase lasting 6 months- multiple seasons of use. Equestrian brands specialise in jackets that fulfil the requirements of the wearer, whereas other outdoor specialists may not be able to cover the wide range of performance requirements required.
Always do your homework, check carefully for what the coat offers and do shop around among equestrian specialists for the best jacket to suit your needs.
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Here’s our top … winter horse riding jackets which we love
EQUI-DRY All Rounder Unisex Jacket
Unisex full-length jacket available in a variety of colours. Waterproof, breathable, fleece lined hood. Designed for harsh weather conditions. Suitable for riding, work around the yard, spectating at shows and more. YKK zips and adjustable cuffs with fleece lined hood.
Equetech Unisex Adventurer Waterproof Coat
Suitable for riding with a back gusset to allow freedom in the saddle yet long enough to wear over competition clothes or to keep warm around the stable yard. Fully waterproof (16,000 Rain-proof and heavy pressure), featuring a leg straps for use when riding, contrasting panels, deep pockets and a concealed hood.
Available from Equus for £190
LeMieux Loire Waterproof Riding Jacket
As the name suggests, this jacket is suitable for riding, and is highly waterproof. Added benefits include leg straps for the rider, fleece lining on the back, collar, taped seems, waterproof sealed pockets and a detachable hood.
Aubrion Womens Core All Weather Robe
Insulated with sherpa fleece throughout body and arms, even in the pockets, waterproof and breathable.
Available from Naylors for £107.99
WEATHERBEETA Reflective Waterproof Jacket
Ideal for hacking out, and staying visible on the stable yard! Waterproof and breathable with a polyester filling for warmth. Zipped front pockets, and adjustable cuffs with highly reflective strips featured to the front, side and back. Available in pink and yellow.
Ariat Coastal H2o Mens Riding Jacket
Waist length fully waterproof, windproof and breathable mens riding jacket. Large zipped pockets, internal pocket and two way zip to close. Designed with Ariat’s EcoDRY and AriatTEK technology for extra protection against the elements.
Priced around £165
Equus Grantchester Riding Coat
A showerproof mid length riding jacket with faux down filling to help you keep warm. Although this jacket isn’t waterproof, it was added to the list due to the extensive list of benefits for the rider (see link below for more information. The removable hood fits over a riding hat, where the faux lining is also removable. YKK front two way zip, zipped front pockets and storm protection.
Available from Equus for £125
Rydale Ladies 3/4 Length Riding Coat
A waterproof and windproof mid length jacket featuring two zipped outer pockets, a zipped inside pocket and a double way zip to close. Storm cuffs and zip cover to keep the elements out, while a mid cord allows for pulling in at the waist. Delicate reflective strips to the arm while vents aid breathability when riding or mucking out.
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