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    11-17-2012, 09:32 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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    11-17-2012, 09:36 PM
  #12
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My horse is kept inside, and has a thick coat, not bad, but thick. It took me two hours to cool him out and dry him as much as I can today after riding.....I'm giving him a trace clip next Friday!! He is getting too hot, wet and then staying wet.....not good!
     
    11-17-2012, 09:38 PM
  #13
Weanling
What are those? Then you just put a one weight blanket on them?
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Originally Posted by MySerenity    
I spend about an hour waiting for my boy to dry off after my lesson! I put a cooler on him and toss him in a stall or cross ties. It's annoying so he is getting a trace clip next week. Then he will have a belly band fleece liner under his blanket to keep him cozy. It saves time for me and he will be more comfortable too I think. Trace clips are awesome!
     
    11-17-2012, 09:51 PM
  #14
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I ride in the winter and my horse is really thick coated so he sweats alot. I just dry him as best I can tie him in the barn for an hour. Then turn him out with plenty of hay has never chilled being put out wet yet.I don't turn him out wet if its windy or really cold i"ll get him dry first in that case.
     
    11-17-2012, 09:53 PM
  #15
Weanling
Thanks-- Yeah I have been putting him out wet alot but I don't have time even if it was windy!
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
I ride in the winter and my horse is really thick coated so he sweats alot. I just dry him as best I can tie him in the barn for an hour. Then turn him out with plenty of hay has never chilled being put out wet yet.I don't turn him out wet if its windy or really cold i"ll get him dry first in that case.
     
    11-17-2012, 09:58 PM
  #16
Weanling
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What are those? Then you just put a one weight blanket on them?
You mean the belly-band liners?

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I like it because the trace clip takes the hair off their belly so this keeps their belly warm. Then I have a waterproof sheet, medium weight and heavy weight blanket so I can mix and match to suit the temperature. Oh, and I have a neck cover since the trace clip takes the hair off the bottom of his neck.
     
    11-17-2012, 10:04 PM
  #17
Weanling
Yes, I just wanna try something where I don't have to blanket him
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Originally Posted by MySerenity    
You mean the belly-band liners?

Adjusta-Fit® TEKNO-FLEECE® Bellyband Liner in Blanket Liners at Schneider Saddlery

I like it because the trace clip takes the hair off their belly so this keeps their belly warm. Then I have a waterproof sheet, medium weight and heavy weight blanket so I can mix and match to suit the temperature. Oh, and I have a neck cover since the trace clip takes the hair off the bottom of his neck.
     
    11-17-2012, 10:04 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by Black Beauty 94    
Thanks-- Yeah I have been putting him out wet alot but I don't have time even if it was windy!
To be honest I don't always get him dry on windy cold days some times I have other things to get done. He's gone out wet more then I care to admit on windy cold days. I just throw out lots of hay and he's been fine still alive and kicking.
     
    11-17-2012, 10:06 PM
  #19
Weanling
I know but isn't it bad to put them out when their wet?
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
To be honest I don't always get him dry on windy cold days some times I have other things to get done. He's gone out wet more then I care to admit on windy cold days. I just throw out lots of hay and he's been fine still alive and kicking.
     
    11-17-2012, 10:22 PM
  #20
Weanling
When I was younger I didn't have a barn so there wasn't anywhere to put them after a ride. They just went back out and they never seemed any worse for wear. I sometimes wonder how much some of our concerns are valid. I would definitely not claim that he is always completely dry before he goes back outside and he hasn't died yet. Lol
     

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