I still have not found a decent pair of gloves to wear whilst doing all these jobs. I'm not keen on spending a lot of money because they really won't last long with the hard use they will get. They need to keep my hands warm but I also want to be able to do rug buckles and headcollars with them on.
Last week with all the snow and very cold weather I was wearing 2 pairs of gloves, my summer riding gloves under the bobbly ones and this is fine until I need to do something with water. In the last couple of years I have started putting some 'surgical gloves' on over the top of my bobbly gloves to pick out feet and that works pretty well. I am not very good at doing this for washing buckets though and of course Basil's hay is damp from being steamed.
Sometimes I wear kitchen gloves over my bobbly gloves too but these are a bit too thick for doing some jobs like rug buckles.
I mostly end up just trying to treat my hands afterwards. I think I am lucky because it is rare for the skin on my fingers to split, although it has happened.
The best cream I have found is the Body Shop's Hemp hand cream - that is really good and thick and I slather it on at night time.
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