While this year’s lucky snowbirds prepare to fly the coop, those who stand their ground and do battle with Old Man Winter are beginning to get organized as well. At OR headquarters in New York, the hayloft has been filled to the rafters, the John Deere has received its dose of Diesel 9-1-1 (we learned that one the hard way), and the quarter sheets have been hung in the tackroom with care.
Now, with the barn and horses fully prepped for chilly weather, the time has come to think about tactical gear for winter riding. In New York, this means layers of down, windproof outerwear, scarves, and glove warmers, but even in more temperate climates (like Aiken, South Carolina, where half of Team OR spends each winter), a few warm pieces are a necessity. Even the Florida-bound shouldn’t count their chickens, as we seem to recall a few near-freezing days in Wellington last year.
So…what to wear when one wants to stay warm and look good doing it? Ask and ye shall receive.