First and foremost, the best winter riding gloves will keep your hands sufficiently warm, while also having breathable qualities to help avoid a sweaty palm situation. They should sufficient grip and a good feel on the reins, whatever the weather, to make them suitable for hacking and schooling. A good fit is also essential, as no one likes an uncomfy glove. Waterproof qualities are not necessarily a must-have, but are certainly a bonus!
Horse & Hound has been working with a number of professional riders, trainers and yards to put a range of products to the test in a busy yard environment. And here are the results…
Horse & Hound’s pick of the best winter riding gloves
“I felt these gloves came up just a little on the small side. They were, however, extremely comfortable and they did not feel bulky to ride in, even with the winter lining. They provided plenty of protection in the cooler weather, particularly from the wind, and kept my hands really warm.”
“The gloves looked really smart and I immediately thought they looked of good quality for the price. I prefer this style to other winter gloves as some are too thick to work in and too puffy. They stood up to regular wear really well and still look smart.”
“They fitted perfectly and were very comfortable — I had no issues wearing them all day around the yard and lungeing. Sadly, however, I found them too chunky to ride in and I occasionally had to take them off to do something fiddly. But, importantly, they were amazing at keeping my hands warm.”
“The gloves fitted very well and felt true to my normal size. While they felt quite thick, they were extremely comfortable and fitted very well. I found them very comfortable in the colder weather and they cut out the considerable cold when riding/working in the wind.”
“These gloves fitted nicely and were generally very comfortable to wear. I found them too bulky to ride in as it was difficult to get an effective grip on the reins. However, they were great for wearing on the yard and I was able to use a touch-screen phone without taking the gloves off, which was great!”
“They were comfortable to wear and were thin enough enough to keep a good feel while riding. I wore them for riding, lungeing and general yard duties — they definitely helped to keep the wind out, but I did feel a little compromised on really cold days.”
Meet the product tester
Keith Robertson is an international grand prix dressage rider and trainer. He provides livery and training from his base in Hertfordshire and, with the help of his team, enjoys putting a range of products through their paces.
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