I just bought a sleazy for my horse and it's just the head shoulder one, and I was really concerned he would get the thing all messed up when I turned him out, but he rolled and rolled and rubbed and it didn't budge. I have never used a hood and was thinking of buying one for the dead of winter because an idiot at the barn shut my horses window when he was freaking out, and now I can't touch his window. He is body clipped except his legs, but I think the sleazy might be enough to keep him warm. He has a neck thing on his blanket.
Gidget, people generally use hoods while travelling for protection and also to keep braids/plaits neat and tidy or the general cleanliness of the horse :) I've only seen accidents with cotton hoods that aren't as forgiving as the lycra ones - which are great because they stretch and are flexible and more comfortable for the horse. But they aren't waterproof.. :)
just a question but why do people use hoods while traveling?..is it just to keep them clean?
We use the hood while travelling as for one it is cold, and two, we bath our horses after we race....even in dead winter. Although the horses are dry when put back on the trailer, it is better to throw the hood on them to help keep them warm.
There are no braids to mess up, or done to keep the main on one side or the other....but used for pure warmth.
My boy's winter rugs have hoods, actually nearly everyone round here's winter rugs have hoods. We have 2.5ft of snow atm and its down to -12 at night though but he is also clipped. To the person who said about horror stories about hoods hoods should stop a couple of cm before the ears, issues like that would only happen if the horse had a poor fitting rug on.
This is my boy playing in the snow with his hooded rug on yesterday :)