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        11-04-2011, 09:28 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    The point of a cooler is to keep your horse warm during a ride, ie, at a show when your horse is already warmed up and you are standing around wait for your class to start. So your horse's muscles don't cool off and you don't have to warm them up again.

    If your horse is sweaty after a ride what I usually do is put an Irish knit on them and then a cooler on top. It draws all the moisture off the horse and sops up in the cooler.

    I wouldn't turn out in a cooler just because it will most likely get ruined.
         
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        11-04-2011, 01:59 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Wait... to keep a horse warm during a ride? I have never heard of that before
         
        11-04-2011, 02:40 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Yeah...you know how baseball players especially pitchers, wear jackets or long sleeves even in the summer, when they're sitting in the dugout to keep their muscles warmed up. It's like the same thing. Say you're warmed up and you are standing waiting for your class at a show..if your horse's muscles get too cold then they will tighten up, and you'll have to warm up all over again...or risk an injury.
         
        11-04-2011, 06:05 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Very interesting
         
        11-04-2011, 06:42 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    ^ Alot of the time people will use quarter sheets when on the horse. It just fits better.
         
        11-04-2011, 07:10 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I have seen them used at s
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        11-04-2011, 07:25 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Sorry guys on my phone but I have seen them a shows before too used for that as well
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        12-17-2011, 08:13 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Hi guys. I am also looking for a cooler this year but was wondering what would be better a square one or a fitted one?
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        12-17-2011, 08:47 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Square one you can drape over your saddle and horse if it's really cold out of blizzarding. Fitted is a little harder to work with if you don't want to take the saddle off.. but it does stay on and work just as well and you can use it as a lining for a blanket. I currently own a square one but eventually I want a fitted one just because it's probably safer to leave on inside of a stall.

    But either one works well :)
         
        12-18-2011, 08:35 AM
      #20
    Showing
    Nicole, if your horse has a winter coat and sweating under the saddle, his coat is doing a good job keeping him warm. When you unsaddle, leave your pad on his back so he doesn't get a sudden shock of cold air hitting his back. If you slip your hand under it it will feel quite warm at first. It takes a few minutes to return to warmish. Pace the cooler over top to encourage slow cooldown. In the mean time dry his chest as that is usually the next wettest place. Be sure his back is dry before turning him out.
         

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