About us

Arctic Horse Story All Weather Riding Skirts

We believe in local production, amazing gear quality, and solving problems that need solving.

Arctic Horse is a woman-owned and run Alaskan business with the mission of providing the necessary gear to keep you warm, dry, and out on or with your horse, no matter the weather! 

Founder, Jen Dushane, is a wildlife biologist and avid horsewoman (okay, addict). 

Arctic Horse All Weather Riding Skirts Jen Dushane founder trail riding Alaska

Arctic Horse All Weather Riding Skirts (TM) were born out of many a cold, wet, and windy ride up here in Alaska.

After trying out the available winter riding gear (bulky, slippery, not warm enough), and a few jerry-rigged and definitely unsafe outfits (think blanket+baling twine), All Weather Riding Skirts were born: a beautiful, functional, solution.

Made for more than riding, these riding skirts do their job (and look gorgeous) so you can do yours: riding, farm chores, running errands, going to dinner, gardening, hiking, and more! 

Arctic Horse's unique line offers waterproof, breathable, highly insulated skirts, rain skirts, trail skirts, and wool skirts. We make riding skirts for every environment, and every style.

A Heritage of Sewing Excellence

They don't make 'em like they used to. But, we do. 

Each riding skirt is sewn in Alaska by our amazing team of Russian Orthodox women.

They've been sewing dresses for hundreds of years as part of their cultural tradition.

That legacy of quality has been handed down through the generations and shows through the legendary quality of Arctic Horse's gear.

The Arctic Horse Difference:

  • American made in Alaska

  • Women owned and operated

  • Heritage of quality: our seamstresses have skills handed down to them through hundreds of years of cultural sewing.

  • THEY WORK. Tested in some of most extreme conditions on earth.

We’re American made (and tested!) right here in Alaska. We employ Alaskans and source American-made materials whenever we can.

We’re woman owned and operated! Real women's gear developed for women by women. That statement really doesn't need further explanation as to why that's a very good thing.

I'm sure you've head the term, "they don't make 'em like they used to." Well, we do.

Our seamstress team of Russian Orthodox women have been sewing their own dresses for hundreds of years. Theirs is a heritage of excellent sewing quality not often seen in clothes manufacturing today. 

That excellence is reflected in the hundreds of 5 star reviews of our skirts. They're tough, they work, and they're going to do their job so you can do yours.

We donate a portion of the proceeds to a non-profit of your choice. 

Amazing + much needed gear, locally made, excellent craftswomanship, and we give back to the community. 

How many win-win-wins is that?

We can talk the talk because we’ve walked the walk.

I’m Jen Dushane, the Founder of Arctic Horse. I’m a life-long equestrian and wildlife biologist in Alaska. Translation: that’s a whole lotta bad weather living.

After freezing, getting soaked, and being generally miserable using standard women’s gear women, I developed Arctic Horse All Weather Riding Skirts.

As I was already wrapping blankets tied with baling twine around myself (read: unsafe and ridiculous), I looked down one day and realized, what I really needed was a skirt…

Not because I liked skirts (actually, I never EVER wore skirts), but because they kept me warmer and drier than anything else I’d ever tried.

The Riding Skirts let me work outside and ride my horses in pure comfort.

(Hey, I’d have worn a purple star suit with wings if it gave me more time with my animals… luckily, it didn’t come to that. These are much more attractive than a purple star suit with wings).

Put your money where your heart is:

  • Our riding skirts are exceptionally high quality and are designed to last for years.
  • We source American made materials whenever possible,
  • We support our local economy by employing seamstresses making a living wage to make these skirts in Alaska.
  • A portion of our proceeds go a non-profit of the buyer's choice. 
  • Arctic Horse is founded on heart-centered principles.

Contact us at hello@arctichorsegear.com, or on the Facebook Arctic Horse page