Cold winters are a struggle for every horse and rider but they can be particularly hard on our aging four-legged friends. Comet is my 20-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who I have owned for 18 years now. We have done everything together from walk-trot as youngsters to competing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress to now trying our hand in the Ranch Riding events. Comet still loves to work so winter doesn’t slow down our riding schedule at all, but he is certainly starting to feel his age on these chilly days.
With winter in full swing here in New England Comet and I wanted to share a few of our favorite winter time riding essentials!
SmartPak Fleece Quarter Sheet
Quarter sheets are a must for Comet and I in the winter! I love this quarter sheet because it can either go under the saddle or can wrap around me when it is super cold! I primarily just use this sheet for warm up. Since I am a western rider I sized up on this to fit around my western saddle. This item is also customizable so it can be personalized with a monogram, name, or farm!
HandsOn® Gloves for Grooming
These grooming gloves are Comet’s favorite! I am especially thankful of these in the winter. I don’t have to worry about taking my gloves off to fit in the curry brush or mitt when I can just put on these gloves to groom! They keep your hand and finger nails nice and clean!
Back on Track Quick Wraps & Back on Track Mesh Sheet
I am a big fan of all of the Back on Track items but the Quick Wraps and the Mesh Sheet are my favorites! Both items create a soothing far infrared thermal heat, which can help increase the blood circulation and help Comet’s muscles stay loose and relaxed. This is particularly helpful for Comet’s aging joints and body. I like to use these products both before and after exercise and even use the Mesh Sheet as a layer on the chilly nights or after a hard day working.
Uncle Jimmy’s Licky Thing Value Pack
They are great tasting and packed with vitamins and minerals. They keep Comet’s brain busy on those particularly blistery days when turnout is not an option. Comet got the Value Pack for Christmas this year! It included the holder and 3 different flavored Licky Things!