Cold Weather Riding / Barn Help

The weather conditions here on the southern shore of Lake Erie can be harsh at times , but we work and ride here at Horsehaven Stables all year round.  This can lead to some difficult and uncomfortable conditions for both working around the stables and whilst riding a horse if you are not suitably equipped and prepared for it.  Although you may think that you are comfortably dressed when you leave your house, experience has shown that it inevitably tends to feels a lot worse whilst at the stables and that people always tend to underdress for the weather conditions.

Please note that if Solange feels you are not appropriately dressed for the weather conditions that day, you will be sent home, so please ask questions if you are not sure for the day!

As such, we have decided to create this cold weather riding page to help everyone stay comfortable all year round and to enjoy their experience here at Horsehaven.


Solange will continue to teach thru the winter months. Generally if its going below 20 degrees she will call or text that morning and reschedule the days lessons.

We recommend that our lesson students dress warm for their ride.  An under layer beneath jeans or breeches is a great idea, experience has shown that Under Armor works exceptionally well.  Layering with two long sleeved shirts and a coat works great.  Don’t forget your hat and gloves.  Also chemical hand and toe warmers make winter riding much more enjoyable 🙂


If you are planning to be in the barn all day, like our barn rats, we suggest stepping your gear up a little. Solange tells all the kids and parents the same list;Two long sleeved shirts, Winter coat (hoodies do not count), two pairs of pants with either snow pants or Carhart style overalls for when you are working.  Also a hat and finally water proof winter boots and gloves as it is very difficult to stay warm once wet.