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    09-17-2011, 03:08 PM
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Foal
Question blankets to help horse dry off faster?

I'm new to horse ownership (<1 year) so would appreciate your input on blanketing my horse.

We live in Ireland and hunting season has begun. Soon my horse will be clipped, the hunter clip so everything but the hair on his legs is clipped. He gets a heavy weight blanket. But after a hunt, he needs to be hosed off because they work hard and the horses are sweaty. Is there a blanket or some sort of temporary sheet I can place on him that draws the water off him to help him dry fast before his heave weight blanket is put back on? Will fleece accomplish this?

He is allowed to cool down fully before the heavy weight blanket is put on.

Thanks in advance. The owners of the yard know what they are doing and look after my horse. But I always like to hear what others do...sometimes there is more than 1 right way. :)
     
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    09-17-2011, 03:39 PM
  #2
Trained
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Originally Posted by catsandhorses    
I'm new to horse ownership (<1 year) so would appreciate your input on blanketing my horse.

We live in Ireland and hunting season has begun. Soon my horse will be clipped, the hunter clip so everything but the hair on his legs is clipped. He gets a heavy weight blanket. But after a hunt, he needs to be hosed off because they work hard and the horses are sweaty. Is there a blanket or some sort of temporary sheet I can place on him that draws the water off him to help him dry fast before his heave weight blanket is put back on? Will fleece accomplish this?

He is allowed to cool down fully before the heavy weight blanket is put on.

Thanks in advance. The owners of the yard know what they are doing and look after my horse. But I always like to hear what others do...sometimes there is more than 1 right way. :)
They probably use a wool or wool blend cooler or fleece to help him dry quickly and to stay warm while he does. There are several good coolers on the market, Horseware Ireland Rambo New Market and Curvon (Baker Blankets & Sheets) come to mind for good quality. In winter I like to just rinse off with warm water, use a sweat scraper to clear off excess water and toss on the cooler and tie them in a stall with a hay net til they dry. Then they get blanketed and bedded back down.
     
    09-17-2011, 04:16 PM
  #3
Trained
I would look into Bucas rugs - They have some really good wicking rugs. Fairly sure they are Irish. I have the Bucas power turnout light on one of my boys and it's the best rug i've ever had. If it fitted my other one she would have one too.
     

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