Finding the Best Riding Coat for in the Saddle

When looking for a riding coat to wear in the saddle, it’s important to first know what exactly you’ll be using it for.

Are you looking for a winter coat to protect you from the elements, or do you simply need a lightweight summer riding layer? Perhaps you’re looking for the flexibility of movement to keep you comfortable as you ride.

Whatever your need, a riding coat is a staple equestrian wardrobe piece and can double up as a general yard jacket, so finding your perfect fit is essential. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to the best riding coats for every season and every occasion.

The Best Winter Riding Coats

The winter months can be hard for a predominantly outdoor sport like horse riding. Weather conditions are unreliable and far less enjoyable than in the summer. But a good-quality winter equestrian coat can make those cold morning rides a lot more bearable.

When you step out on a crisp winter morning, we recommend wrapping yourself up in a quilted style riding jacket lined with insulating materials. For example, a down jacket is a reliable option to give you optimal warmth. Down gives you lightweight insulation as warm air is trapped within the soft material. Choose a colour and finish to really show off your style in the saddle.

If you’re out in the fields and stables for the day, we recommend an insulated stable jacket with a quilted lining for long-lasting warmth and a wind and water resistant coating. If the weather has taken a turn for the worse, you can still make riding enjoyable with a dependable waterproof coat or jacket.

The Best Long Waterproof Riding Coats

When looking for the best long waterproof riding jackets, there are a few options to choose from. Waterproof riding coats come in all shapes and sizes. But when heavy downpours are forecast, it makes sense to have the best protection possible. Here are some things you should consider when looking for a waterproof riding coat to keep you protected from the rain.

Riding coats come in a variety of lengths, so it is all about finding the style that works for you. For colder or windier days, we would recommend a longer style such as the Argentium Parka. Longer length riding coats not only keep the rain out but also offer unbeatable warmth without restricting your movement – and you won’t feel the blustery winds on your ride.

If you prefer a little more movement around your legs, a mid-length option might be best. Packed with all the same waterproof technology to keep you dry, midi jackets give you more flexibility to move so might be a better option for working the yard or jumping fences.

If you are looking for a completely waterproof riding jacket, look out for a style that is seam-sealed and has adjustable cuffs to keep you protected from the elements.

The Best Summer Riding Coats

Although sunny summer days might not always call for a riding coat, how many times have you been out riding in the blazing sun, just to be caught in a summer shower?

The best summer riding coat is usually a lightweight mac or windbreaker; with breathable materials and mesh linings to keep you cool, as well as waterproof technology to protect you in any surprise showers. We suggest looking for compact options that can be rolled up and kept in your bag when the sun is shining – you never know if you’ll need it or not so it’s best to keep it on hand. Macs are especially practical thanks to their handy wipe-away material, making them easy to clean when you get mucky in the fields. If you like to stay stylish whilst riding, check out options with modern cinch waists and sleek zip finishes.

Long summer evenings also lend themselves to late rides – when the temperature cools slightly. A classic softshell jacket has plenty of ventilation for warm summer days, but enough insulation for cooler evenings. If you’re heading out on the road when the light starts to fade, don’t forget to add a hi-vis jacket over your riding outfit so you’re still visible to cars and pedestrians.

The Best Riding Coats for Performance

When you are preparing to enter the showground, you want to look and feel your best.

The best riding coats for performance are those that are made from stretchy, breathable, and moisture-wicking materials that move with you whilst giving you the perfect fit. Whether you love a classic navy show coat or something with a bit more bling, discover our collection of show jackets.