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Coat question for rider

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reluctantbrit Sun 12-Nov-17 17:56:34

DD rides and now starts to say she is quite chilly during lessons. Fair enough, it gets cold. At the moment she wears a long sleeve polo, her body protector and either the club jumper or any other hoody big enough to go over the protector.

In the last years she had a shirt ski jacket type coat but she said she felt restricted with the thickness of the jacket last winter when starting to canter. And it is difficult to get one which is big enough for the protector but not too big without it.

So, what is a good idea? Getting a decent gilet instead of a coat for over the hoody? And are thermal long johns a good idea under jogdphurs? She will spend more time in the stables soon as she trains for helping out at weekends.

catanddog Sun 12-Nov-17 19:00:36

My DS generally wears long sleeved t-shirt under body protector (doesn't always wear it - tends to be for jumping or hacking) and then either a big hoody/fleece, and if cold he has a soft shell jacket which is stretchy and keeps the wind out, if wet he has a waterproof jacket on top. Around the yard he'll wear tracksuit bottoms over his jodhs in winter which he takes off for riding p.

DullAndOld Sun 12-Nov-17 19:03:24

she really doesnt need a protector unless she is doing cross country jumping.
Without that, she can wear a normal riding jacket of the quilted / cord collar variety.
Tracksuit bottoms or waterproof trousers over jods is a good idea, keeps them clean too if they are fawn.

Rosieposy4 Sun 12-Nov-17 19:31:09

Or else body protector over the top of everything.
Tbh i find riding keeps me fairly warm anyway so i very rarely ride in more than a long sleeved top and hoody/gilet, coat only comes on for hacks when the artic wind blasts might get too much.

Timetogetup0630 Mon 13-Nov-17 04:59:17

I usually wear a stretchy fleece jacket while having lessons or schooling in an indoor school. You do get quite hot during lessons. Anything cheap from Millets !

If she is helping at the stables over the winter she will need a warm, waterproof jacket. It will get covered in mud and horse poo, so make sure it is washable and don't spend too much.
The girls on our yard are all issued with a jacket like this

reluctantbrit Mon 13-Nov-17 11:28:43


The school insist on a body protector as soon as they trot confidently def as soon as they canter. And they advised to get it fitted as close to the skin as possible, so not more than one thin layer underneath (T-shirt/Polo).

I think I will try a gilet and go from there.

The area is open to one side (access to outdoor area, often used for single lesson all year round, open with a roof) and no source of heating whatsover. Really nice for parents to wait and watch....

mrslaughan Mon 13-Nov-17 19:23:28

I buy my kids the ultra light down coats from uniqlo - every winter they get a gilet and long sleeve version, which they can layer one on top of the other. I buy them big enough to go over the body protector. If they get hot they can then loose a layer, without having to remove the body protector.
I also buy them the heat tech thermals from there- including long johns - they don’t often wear long johns under there jods- but when they need them - they need them......they both ride at least 4x per week , and feel that they will be miserable if they are cold.
I also get them the roekl polar tech gloves - which are amazing and do come in kids sizes.

DullAndOld Mon 13-Nov-17 21:58:26

also they can wear nylon tights under jodpurs for an extra layer that isnt so thick.

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