You have the option of warm hands, neck and head with today's high-tech products. Equestrian brands have riders covered. Literally. This season's gloves, head gear, and neck gear abound. In this article we bring you a few options.
Editor's note: Inclusion in this article doesn't infer endorsement and there is not enough room to list all quality products in this category.
Having gloves that not only keep your hands warm, but make riding and doing chores easy, are not hard to come by these days. And some gloves even let you text or use touchscreens without removing your gloves.
Roekl Julia Gloves
Roekl put some bling on warm riding. These elegant-looking, soft- and supple-feeling gloves feature the traditional Roeck-Grip with a fleece lining for maximum rein grip and tactility on the reins. The elastic backhand is windproof and breathable with the Roeck-Proof embossed diamond-pattern fabric. The gloves are available in brown with gold trim or black with silver trim, European sizes 6,0 to 8,5. For more information visit roeckl.de.
SSG Digital Winter Lined Gloves
The popular SSG Digital is now ready for winter. SSG has kept the gloves' pebbled grip and added a fleece lining for the cold weather. When barn life gets the best of these gloves, you can throw them in the washing machine! The Digital Winter Lined Gloves are available black in unisex sizes 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. For more information visit ssgridinggloves.com.
Mountain Horse Reflective Glove
Be seen—and find a dropped glove easily—with Mountain Horse's new water-repellent winter glove. The reflective fabric on top of the hand is black until light hits it, when it reflects silver. The knit, elastic cuff helps keep out the cold, and synthetic rein reinforcements mean the gloves will stand up to a long winter of riding. The Reflective Glove is available in women's sizes S to XL in black. For more information visit mountainhorse.com.
Kerrits Fleece Gloves
Feel your fingers—and the reins—even during chilly rides with Kerrits' mid-weight, microfleece-lined, stretchy gloves. The Gripstretch Suede palms insure good rein contact, and the touch-screen-friendly fingertips let you maintain electronic contact, too. This attractive glove has a wide-ranging color offering—steel grey, ebony, dark acorn, and black—is up for grabs in sizes S through XL. For more information visit kerrits.com.
Finding items to keep heads and ears warm while riding and working in the barn and stable used to be difficult. Today there are many options for heads, even when you are wearing a helmet.
An affordable and versatile head-warmth accessory, the headband from Dublin offers a blend of acrylic and wool to keep your ears warm without messing up your hair. Black, fuchsia, lake and navy are the color options for this one-size-fits-all headband. For more information visit dublinclothing.com.
Kerrits Shoe-In Headband
Put on this warm, wicking microfleece-lined headband under your riding helmet. It's reversible, so you don't have to choose between a solid color (black, barn red, kale or ebony) and this great horseshoe design. This comes in one size with a stretch fit. For more information visit kerrits.com.
Irideon Himalayer Beanie
Sometimes you need a hat, but maybe you need a ponytail, too. Irideon's Himalayer Beanie keeps your head warm and gives you an opening in the back of the hat for your hair to flow. This double-knit, double-peached Himalayer slim-fabric hat is reversible—black/twilight or graphite/mint—for two looks in one beanie. For more information visit toklat.com.
There's nothing worse than having a cold breeze creep down your collar! Fortunately there are multiple options to avoid this problem while riding or in the barn.
Irideon Himalayer Balaclava
For those days when full head and neck coverage is necessary, this balaclava is your go-to choice. Irideon's Himalayer double-knit, double-peached fabric does not limit hearing nor your ability to breathe. The flat-locked seams are designed for enhanced comfort under your helmet, while the overlapping design covers everything except the eyes for optimal protection and excellent peripheral vision. Once you're warmed up, it can be pulled down under your chin so you don't overheat. For more information visit toklat.com.
Kerrits Shoe-In Neckwarmer
Winter riding is more fun when you can actually move your head, which is hard to do when your neck is wrapped in a bulky scarf. Enter Kerrits' Shoe-In Neckwarmer. In the same horseshoe print as the Shoe-In Headband, this stretchy, microfleece-lined neckwarmer is cut ergonomically to slip beneath your collar. Pull it up après-ride for a cute, cozy head wrap. This one-size neckwarmer comes in black horseshoe, barn red horseshoe, kale horseshoe and ebony horseshoe. For more information visit kerrits.com.
A snood is not a character from The Lorax—it's even better. It's a super cozy, acrylic wool neck wrap that will look just as cute in town as it is functional in the barn. Dublin's extra-warm winter accessory is available in one size in black, navy, lake and fuchsia. For more information visit dublinclothing.com.