Best winter breeches: Horse & Hound’s tester ranks her favourites

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  • Choosing a good pair of winter breeches can be the difference between having a horrid or happy winter. Once you’ve found your favourite pair, you can’t fathom how you ever survived living without them. They need to be made of a stretchy or non-restrictive material so that you can move freely in the saddle, while having grippy knee patches or full seats to keep you secure. Look out for styles with additional linings that are also waterproof and windproof as well as warm to provide you with complete protection from the elements. Many of these breeches also come in beige or white, which make them great for hunting or winter competitions.

    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 ladies’ winter breeches 


    Cavallo Chagall Pro full-seat breeches

    RRP £159

    Cavallo Chagall Pro full-seat breeches review

    “I loved these breeches! High-waisted, long enough in the leg and warm: what more could anyone ask for? If they were slightly cheaper, I would buy several pairs and wear them all winter long.”


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    Rhinegold Elite ladies’ thermal breeches

    RRP £41.50

    Rhinegold Elite ladies’ thermal breeches review

    “Overall, I was impressed with these thermal breeches as they are very cosy, breathable and hard-wearing. I would strongly recommend having a pair for everyday use.”


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    Noble Outfitters Softshell riding pants

    RRP £79.95

    Noble Outfitters Softshell riding pants review

    “I really like these breeches; they’re comfortable, stylish and extremely warm. They seem to repel water and wash very well.”


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    Sporting Hares Victorious thermal riding leggings

    RRP £49.99

    Sporting Hares Victorious thermal riding leggings review

    “I was very surprised about how much I liked these riding leggings. They are extremely comfortable and have enough grip. The only downfall is that they are quite thin.”


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    Meet the product tester

    Harriet Rimmer runs a livery, schooling and sales yard with a particular focus on hunting. She is based in Leicestershire and regularly hunts with the Belvoir. She has also previously evented to novice level and competed in dressage up to advanced medium.

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