Don’t let the cold or wet winter weather stop you and your horse from getting out.
The right gear can give you the comfort to ride and stay out longer than ever before. Lap robes are a blanket (of sorts) for the rider to wear over their lap and legs to keep warm. Easy to use and one size fits all, the blanket wraps around your waist and will fit up to 55 inches with five extra inches for a tail (waist strap extensions are available). Lap robes are connected to you, not the saddle, and are designed to be safe and easy to get out of if necessary. They protect your saddle when riding or dismounted and give you coverage from the waist down, past your feet, while taking advantage of the horse’s body heat. Combine it with a riding coat and proper head gear and you’re all set.
I make two styles of lap robes for winter horseback riding. The first one is a very warm double fleece robe selling for $80, available in black or brown. The second is $120, black, and fleece-lined with a heavy duty weather resistant covering for rainy days. Don’t let the weather keep you inside, buy a lap robe and get out and ride. Also, after many inquiries/requests, I am now selling the best helmet covers for $16 and horse rump rugs in a universal size for $35.
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