Winter- when already tedious barn chores become more difficult. Most everyone will experience cold weather at one point this season, even states such as Florida may experience frost or snow. Make staying warm in the winter easier with these tips.
1. Check the Weather Before You Head Outside
Things to think about before heading out the door include not just the temperature, but also the wind chill. Also, check to see if there will be rain or snow in your area.
2. Dress Appropriately
Always dress in layers, so that you can add or take away layers of warmth as needed. Items to keep you warm may include:
- Thermals (long underwear)
- Weather appropriate socks (warm, moisture-wicking)
- Coats, vests, and sweaters
- Gloves. You may need several pairs for different tasks- i.e. carrying buckets you can use a thicker glove, whereas if you’re tacking up a horse you may need thinner gloves to be able to feel buckles. If your gloves aren’t warm enough, consider using hand warmers.
- Scarves. Make sure that scarves (and all other outerwear) is secured so that it doesn’t get caught in equipment. Neck gaiters and balaclavas may also be a good choice.
- Hats. Keep your head from acting like an exhaust vent by covering it with a hat or hood.
- Boots. Consider wearing boots that are insulated and waterproof, while still being functional for the task you are completing.
3. Be Prepared for All Weather Conditions
Did that snow turn to rain? Did your boots leak? Make sure to keep extra layers nearby just in case. Good items to keep on hand are warm jackets, waterproof jackets, extra socks and gloves, etc. It also helps to have a backup shelter area to go just in case the weather becomes extreme.
Please consult with your doctor if hypothermia, frostbite, or any other illness is expected.