Christmas Gifts for Equestrians: Warm up winter riding with some thoughtful practical gifts…
Prices correct at time of writing.
Made herringbone wool effect fabric, which is waterproof, breathable and light-to-wear, this warm-lined country jacket is much more than it seems.
The ISOTEX 8,000 performance fabric has a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) and sealed seams keep you dry inside and out. The quick-drying Thermoguard insulation offers plenty of cold-day comfort.
Trimmed with soft faux-fur around the collar and a neat foldaway hood, it also features back vents with stud fastening.
WE SAY: A stylish but practical coat that will look great on or off a horse.
PRICE: £41.95 (RRP £140) from Regatta.
Keep winter chills at bay in this cosy lambswool cowl scarf with double thickness. Knitted in a Fair Isle style, it has three distinct patterns meaning that you can change the look depending on which one is worn to the front.
Wear as a neck warmer or pull it up further like a snood. Handy for riding and activities when a scarf could get caught up.
ECLIPSE TIP: Matching wrist warmer fingerless gloves and ski hat in this ‘Ugie’ Fair Isle pattern also available.
PRICE: £52 from The Croft House via Etsy.
An affordable alternative to similar field boots, the adjustable gusset at the back allows for different calf sizes, while the olive colour is a traditional country green.
A yellow stripe adds a touch of flair and a sturdy sole provides comfort.
WE SAY: If you like the look of field wellies, but don’t want to pay through the nose, these are a good price for a well styled boot!
PRICE: £49.95 from Joules.
Spending each and every working day with cold feet can make life pretty miserable, so make someone’s day with a pair of Heat Holders Workforce 2.3 TOG Reinforced Heel and Toe Work Wear Socks!
With their distinctive marl detail tops, toes and heels, they’ll keep feet warm and comfortable in all weathers, while their durably reinforced heels and toes are designed to stand up to long days of heavy-duty usage.
WE SAY: Forget hot toddies, we want hot tootsies!
PRICE: £9.99 from SockShop.
This insulated mid-layer smock is jam-packed with features including thick fleece pile for exceptional warmth, wicking and breathability properties; water-resistant Paratex outer shell; detachable pile lined hood; two long side venting zips; large front map pocket; thumb loops to prevent the sleeves riding up; and two side handwarmer pockets.
Wear as a light coat or under a coat for added warmth. The shirt has a comfort temperature rating of –5C.
ECLIPSE TIP: The Venture Pile Pants (SRP £84.95) are made from the same fabric as the smock, and feature full-length leg zips for quick changes.
PRICE: SRP £114.95 from Snugpak.
Over time, dirt and oil mask the water repellent treatment on waterproof kit, meaning it starts losing performance and absorbing water. These handy all-in-one aftercare packs help restore and enhance the performance of technical outdoor apparel and equipment, to get maximum usage from expensive waterproofs, technical clothing and boots.
WE SAY: These handy kits will make technical riding and outdoor gear perform better for longer, a great gift for all the equestrian and outdoor people in your life!
PRICE: From £15, from www.stormcare.co.uk