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In order to be comfortable horse riding in the cooler months, you will need to invest in one
or more riding jackets. You will also need a special riding jacket if you plan to compete. Here is a quick guide to
help you with your next riding jacket purchase.
For hacking around at home, you have a few different styles and options to choose from for your
next jacket. If you are riding outdoors in chilly weather, one great option is to get a windbreaker or thin shell
to go over a sweater. For colder weather, look for quilted jackets with good insulation such as Puffa. Make sure your riding
jacket is fitted so that your trainer can still see your posture. Another really popular style is a wax cotton
jacket like those made by Barbour. Remember that if you ride outdoors in wet weather you will want to look for a
jacket that is water proof or water resistant.
For the show ring, you will need a very specific type of jacket. For show jumpers, the common
style is a wool jacket with three buttons and two vents in the back. The colour of the jacket is a matter of
preference, but black and navy are the most popular. In the warmer months you will see lighter colours like light
grey. While wool is the traditional material that hunting jackets are made from, they can often be too warm in the
summer. For a more comfortable jacket, look for man-made blends that are lighter and more breathable. Some good
brands to look for include Beval, Ariat and Devon Aire.