Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
The most important is having a good wicking cooler, made specifically for drawing the damp out of the horses hair, into the blanket.
That is what I do with Nelson after a good ride during the winter. After a lesson, I would untack him and brush his hair with a good curry brush, moving the brush against the grain - so that his hair stands up off his skin, and is poofy - if that makes sense. I then toss his wicking cooler blanket on him, with a high neck, that is made specifically for wicking moisture off the coat.
I leave him in his stall for a while, with a warm bucket of water and some hay and then take care of my tack.
If I have to towel off his neck, I will do that as well, runnig the towel against the hair grain - so that the hair stands up off his skin to help with the drying process.
I rode Nelson all winter last season, with no blanket on him *He had a great coat grown* no clipping. I would ride a good hard hour at a lesson, and we would end off hot and sweaty.