Best Winter Riding Gloves
Freezing fingers and toes are something many horse owners experience during the winter months. For horseback riders that brave the cold, wind, and snow to ride, appropriate winter wear can make a big difference in comfort. Finding the right winter apparel for riding can be challenging—it needs to be warm, allow free movement, and wick moisture all in one garment. Gloves tend to be a big winter wear challenge because you also need a good grip to maintain the right contact on your reins.
As you research winter riding gloves, consider the fit, warmth, durability, and material. Many riders prefer waterproof gloves because of all the wet winter conditions.
**Rider’s Tip: While it is very tempting (and a bit easier!) to use one pair of gloves for horseback riding and barn chores, try not to use the same pair. Barn chores can be very tough on horseback riding gloves which are not designed for the same type of work. Consider wearing a heavy-duty pair of work gloves over the top of your riding gloves to protect them during chore time.
Here are our favorite winter riding gloves to fit your winter horseback riding needs, whether it is a trail ride or a horse show.
Best Leather Trail Gloves
The Heritage Winter Trail Gloves are a great option for winter trail riding. These rugged, but soft leather gloves are insulated with thick polar fleece to keep your hands toasty warm. These gloves are ideal for trail riding and durable enough to hold up to regular ridings in the snow.
Best Winter Show Gloves
If you love to attend horse shows during winter weather, it can be really tough to find warm, show-appropriate gloves. You need something warm, elegant, and not overly bulky. The Heritage Premier Winter Show Gloves offer a comfortable warm and flexible fit. Streamlined and not bulky, the stretchable flex panel across the knuckles increases mobility and has an adjustable strap closure for a customized fit.
Best Patterned Winter Gloves
Tired of boring black riding gloves? It can be hard to find fun and functional winter riding gloves. So, if you are looking for a little personality in your winter riding gloves, look no further than the Aubrion Patterson Winter Gloves! These adorable gloves have a cute silicone grip pattern on the palms and are perfect for everyday riding. The fleece liners help keep your fingers toasty warm while at the barn and in the saddle.
Best Waterproof Winter Gloves
With wet weather, snow, and frozen buckets, waterproof gloves can be very helpful for horseback riders. If you have ever gotten wet hands in the winter, you know the value of waterproof riding gloves! The Heritage Extreme Winter Gloves are beautifully designed and are one of the best-selling winter gloves. Touch screen-friendly, these gloves have improved palm material for a better rein grip and are super durable. They even feature a glove clip to keep the gloves safely together when you aren’t wearing them.