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What do your teen girls wear for mucking out/riding/general yard chores in freezing/windy/ice cold/wet/muddy conditions?

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Strikingclock Sat 08-Oct-16 13:41:51

I am particularly interested in jacket recommendations please. Needs to be flexible enough for mucking out and riding, but warm enough when not quite so active. Plus fairly indestructible/washable but not £££££££££.

For the rest, are thermals/tights under jods ok with extra pair of socks?

Any ideas for muck boots etc?

DD, 13 yrs, tall, string bean, always catching colds. Want her to be prepared this year. Location: usually windy and icy.


Strikingclock Sat 08-Oct-16 13:44:07

Probably should add that she is just graduating to adult women's small sizes now.

GinIsIn Sat 08-Oct-16 13:46:57

I used to wear one of those double layer jackets - the kind that are a fleece and a windbreaker/waterproof that zip together to make one coat, but that you can also wear separately. Mine was from North Face but Mountain Warehouse does similar ones for much cheaper. Under that I used to wear layers as it's really easy to overheat when you are riding. So several thin jumpers instead of a thick one or big sweatshirt. And running scarves are great as they have no hanging bits to get caught in anything.

GinIsIn Sat 08-Oct-16 13:48:14

The one I had was down thing like this -

GinIsIn Sat 08-Oct-16 13:49:43

And here's the mountain warehouse one - my DH has the men's one and has also had the North Face and says it's just as good -

wecantallbeperfect Sat 08-Oct-16 13:50:20

Harry Hall stuff has always been okay for mine, although the older more serious rider has just purchased two Barbour coats!
Harry Hall jackets look smart though and I've washed them and re-waterproofed them myself.
Thicker jodphurs in winter with tights and decent riding socks. When they were younger I always bought them Mudruckers or equivalent as they were really warm. We are very rural up north and they did the job.
Decent gloves make a difference too! OP I feel cold now I hate the cold in winter grin

Strikingclock Sat 08-Oct-16 14:58:14

Thank you so much FenellaMaxwell and Wecan'tallbeperfect!

Those all look like really good recommendations ... and are much appreciated ... will go and investigate!

DD used to have a fabulous Harry Hall riding jacket when she was smaller, it washed beautifully despite dd having landed in muddy puddles at various times, but I didn't seen anything in their range I liked this year.

Looks not a priority but this being a teen and everything... and yes a layered coat make sense!

DD did mention NorthFace herself but I gulped at the price rather. V. interested to note your dh's view that MH is just as good therefore!

Will definitely investigate Muckruckers! And extra warm gloves!

Thank you both!

5OBalesofHay Sat 08-Oct-16 19:43:20

Original muck boots. Neoprene is the way to go with winter boots. I love my waterproof chaps as I don't get cold wet soggy thighs riding in rain. My best winter coat by far is my Musto but my Shires one is also pretty good. Then yes, layers.

5OBalesofHay Sat 08-Oct-16 19:45:26

And gloves in scores! If they are wet they are cold.

Japonicathehorseygirl Sat 08-Oct-16 19:59:48

Long johns - only October and I already have mine on😀

GinIsIn Sat 08-Oct-16 20:13:22

DH doesn't ride, but he walks absolutely everywhere in all weathers and says the coat's been brilliant.

GinIsIn Sat 08-Oct-16 20:19:49

Oh and my boots were alpine yard boots - I think Harry Hall or Aigle - one of the two. They were fab! (I was a teen in a colder country than the uk)

Laughsandgiggles Sat 08-Oct-16 20:29:46

Not sure about jackets but try tkmaxx as they often have good ones in - I got a musto blouson one for £30.
In regards to legwear - primark fleece lined leggings. The really thick ones - plush lined I think they might be called. I wear them under my jods and they are so cosy.
And another vote for muck boots. I live in mine and they never let me down.

Strikingclock Sat 08-Oct-16 21:46:45

Just turning off the computer before bed and spot all these further replies - thanks everyone - all these suggestions are really useful.

Laughsandgiggles I'm abroad so don't get to those shops generally, but will definitely have a look out when I am next in UK, thanks.

Yes I was thinking of thermal long johns Japonica - any one know if M & S ones are any good?

50bales I will definitely check out those coat recommendations - thanks - and waterproof chaps are a good idea - noted about the gloves too!

Fenella thanks again, I'll have a look at Aigle boots (more readily available over here).

Are neoprene boots heavy do you happen to know?

5OBalesofHay Sat 08-Oct-16 23:03:46

Neoprene with a riding sole are perfect for winter.
No heavier than leather

Strikingclock Sun 09-Oct-16 13:28:20

Thank you again 50bales

I had a good surf around last night and found quite of few of the items everyone has mentioned, some of which are reduced in price.

This site here seems good and they deliver internationally. (No I don't work for them!)

Thanks again for all the advice everybody! Everyone says it is going to be a hard winter this year (no idea if this is true or not!) but want to be properly prepared!

britnay Sun 09-Oct-16 15:51:10

Another vote for Muck Boots! They are fab! No need for thick socks even when it snows, they are so toasty and comfy smile I also hack in mine in the winter, but they would be a bit clunky for schooling smile

Strikingclock Sun 09-Oct-16 16:19:22

Thanks Britnay will have a look!!

mrslaughan Sun 09-Oct-16 20:11:42

I layer. I spent a fortune several years ago on an ariat jacket, but it's way to warm to ride in.......
So I have a Musto waterproof and wind proof jacket which depending on temp layer various things - I am a huge fan of icebreaker as it breaths - but it isn't cheap.
I also have down vests - I get those from uniclo - just because they are thin, but very warm and cheap compared to a name brand.
For my kids - who are younger than your daughter , (my sons a big 11) , I use icebreaker, uniclo fleeces, and uncle down jackets and down vests , which they can layer up. I also keep an eye on the local outdoor store - got my son a fab woman's small down jacket (in boy friendly colours). For rainproof coats - I find the regatta brand short raincoats great - I buy them big enough that they can put a fleece and down vest underneath.
For feet - in winter I buy them woof wear yard boots , I get them the long ones., of course they also have wellies boots, but the woof wear are great in the snow, wet, cold etc.
We spend slot of time outside - horses, and dog walking and I figure that if they are warm they will never mind!

mrslaughan Sun 09-Oct-16 20:15:34

Oh gloves ! I also splash out on the roekle polartec gloves- I think they are the Warwick- they hug the hand so great for riding ..... don't add bulk but keep your hands toasty warm and wash and dry really easily

Strikingclock Sun 09-Oct-16 20:27:21

Gosh, thank you so much for that encyclopaedic answer Mrslaughn! Obviously the voice of experience speaking there!

I will follow up on all those v useful recommendations, thanks!

Incidentally, we are thinking along the same lines! My strategy =warm clothing = more time outdoors = less screen time! That's the theory anyway!

mrslaughan Sun 09-Oct-16 20:34:57

It is actually a really good strategy - our kids screen time is severely limited- which is fab!
Oh another brand to look at is noble outfitters -I have a pair of there riding tights and I love them - I am planning on trying there softshell ones over winter.....but maybe abit costly for a growing girl!

Strikingclock Sun 09-Oct-16 20:43:26

Thanks again MrsL for Noble Outfitters suggestion. Will check it out!

Yes, I can't risk anything too pricey atm as DD is growing like a weed!
But I'm confident of being able to find her a good selection of items now, thanks to all these recommendations from those in the know!

Butkin1 Mon 10-Oct-16 10:49:06

Just liking the concept of your DD mucking out in all weathers. Wonder where we're going wrong with ours !!! (she's happier to be plaiting up..)

Strikingclock Mon 10-Oct-16 16:02:02

Ah Butkin smile DD v v keen atm because (if all goes well) we will moving from riding school situation to horse ownership by end of year (if we can find something suitable - purchase of last 3 serious contenders all fell through (last one post vet's inspection). She is v v motivated at the moment because it is something she has been working towards for six years (and she is currently not doing all the work!!). Don't want to pre-judge but we'll see how her commitment holds up on early, icy, weekend mornings once the novelty has worn off!! wink

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