Mud, rain, wind, more mud — winter is hard for horse owners. You might wrap your horse up in lovely new rugs and have the snuggest winter riding clothes, but chapped lips and dry skin will still strike.
Aching muscles after hunting? Raw hands from scrubbing icy water buckets? H&H has rounded up some of our favourite products to help you through the winter.
So if you’re planning on doing some last-minute Christmas shopping this weekend, why not treat yourself to a few of these?
1. Vitamin E night cream, The Body Shop £13
You might be wrapped up to the nines, thick scarf, ear warmers under your hat — the works — but your face is still taking the brunt of that icy breeze as you canter up that hill. Mornings are always a rush if you are trying to balance horses, work, children, other animals etc, so the beauty of this is that you can slap it on at night. Job done.
2. No7 beautiful skin dry skin rescue, Boots, £12
Need something for the daytime too? This won’t break the bank and is designed for those who suffer from really dry skin.
To get you in the Christmas spirit, here’s an equestrian take on the “12 Days of Christmas” — complete with…
3. Vaseline intensive care healthy hands stronger nails, £3.99
Gloves for everything is a great idea in theory, but if you are tacking up and untacking all day long, not always practical (… although fingerless gloves are a godsend). However hard you try to keep your hands under mitts, cold weather and detergent are tough on skin and nails. Plus you get change from a fiver.
8. O’Keefe’s working hand cream, £7.99
Described as “the leading product for people that work with their hands”. Yep, I think riders qualify for that…
4. Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream lip protectant, £20
If you compare the price of this with a set of new shoes for your horse — it is a snip. Chapped lips are miserable and this apricot-coloured balm is SPF 15 and is great for soothing sore, dry lips.
5. Barry M cor balmy! Tinted lip balm, £3.49
As cheap and as greasy as chips — smells lovely and tastes nice, it is also slightly tinted. Perfect for keeping handy in a pocket.
6. Maybelline colossal volume waterproof mascara, £6.99
Mascara streaming down your cheeks on a day’s hunting is not ideal. For those who simply can’t go without a little tint on their lashes, try this…
7. Epsom salt, Westlab, £5.99
Epsom salts may be more at home in the feed room than the bathroom, but a nice hot bath with a handful thrown in is a treat for sore post-no-stirrup-work-out muscles.
9. Batiste dry shampoo, £2.99
Sometimes there is just no time, as people with horses well know, to fit in a fresh blow dry after every ride. Pick out the hay from your own mane and a spritz of this is ideal for an emergency touch-up when going from ponies to parties.
10. Udder cream
Bear with us… rumour has it that this is the business for dry skin. If you don’t fancy an industrial-looking tub on your dressing table, Udderly Smooth has a range aimed at people (rather than cattle). We haven’t tried these yet, but they look great.