TACK & GEAR
Ride on through winter weather with gloves to keep your hands warm and secure on the reins.
Get a grip
“My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year.” ---Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
The Spectrum Winter Glove (suggested retail, $38.95), from Heritage Performance Riding Gloves, is made with a machinewashable synthetic suede to allow for a sensitive, secure grip in a glove that is also breathable. A water-resistant shell bonded to a fleece liner protects against winter weather. The “rein cut” design reduces the bulk between the ring and pinky fingers to allow for better control. Available in black, in adult sizes 4 to 11. Visit www.heritagegloves.com.
For a custom-like fit, the ROECKL Polartec Gloves (suggested retail, $47), from Charles Owen, are made with a warm, soft Powerstretch material designed to mold to the shape of the hand. The palms are coated with silicone to allow for a secure grip on the reins. In black or brown, in sizes 6 to 10.5. Visit www.charlesowen.com.
The SmartTap Winter Fleece Gloves (suggested retail, $15.95), from Ovation, are fleece-lined, with an inner layer of C -40 Thinsulate and a long, ribbed-fleece cuff to keep your hands and wrists warm. A gripping material covers the riding tracks and palms, down to the base of the thumbs. The gloves also feature touchscreen-friendly tips on the thumb and index finger. In black, in sizes S(7), M (7.5), L (8) and XL (9). Visit www.OvationRiding.com. The SSG 10 Below Waterproof, Style 6400 (suggested retail, $43.99), from SSG Riding Gloves, is made with four layers of warmth: polar fleece that has been treated to increase warmth, with a Thinsulate lining, a waterproof membrane, and a flexible, synthetic-leather outer layer. A gripping fabric covers the full palm area. In black, in sizes 5 to 13. Visit www.ssgridinggloves.com.