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post #1 of 9 Old 12-10-2010, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question about winter riding

I ride my horse a lot in the winter. I don't yet have the money to buy him a cooler. What can I do to keep him warm and dry until I can get him one?
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-11-2010, 02:47 PM
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if he gets really worked up like sweaty you could improvise with towels. You can towel dry as much off and the put some dry towels over him to help him cool slowly.
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if he gets really worked up like sweaty you could improvise with towels. You can towel dry as much off and the put some dry towels over him to help him cool slowly.
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OK!!! thanks!!!!
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I used to take a big old wool blanket from in the house and put it over them. It'd go up their neck like a cooler but didnt have straps so I just bunched the fabric under the horses neck and clipped it or tied it with a hair tie.
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You could also try a cheap fleece throw - under $10 at Walmart. It won't clip up or anything but it will help for now.
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If you do use a regular blanket(yes. it'll work fine) get some big safety pins to hold it in place...or go ahead and buy material and some buckles/velcro to sew on your own straps!

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post #7 of 9 Old 12-12-2010, 10:43 AM
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i bought fleece blankets and they were cheap
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-13-2010, 12:54 AM
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I've used regular fleece blankets, and an old quilt over that if needed if it was really cold...then just walked him until he was cool and tied him up while I did barn chores, and took blankets off when he was dry, and refluffed.

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-18-2011, 04:03 PM
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I used to use towels to help dry my friend's horse off. it worked well, just let him be in his stall until i'm done putting the tack away and getting his food ready seemed to be enough time for the remainder dry off. (he sweats a lot, almost every ride no matter the weather or amount of riding)
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