It's been really cold where I live, and when we get finished with 4H practice each week, we cool the horses out as well as we can, but they're still sometimes damp. We drive about 20 minutes to get them back to our property, then they're turned out. They have shelter, but are outside all the time. I don't want them to get chilled on the ride home.
First, is it important to cover them for the drive home, to retain body heat and/or to absorb the dampness?
Second, if I was too cheap to buy a cooler and instead wanted to use a blanket, like for a bed, what material should I look for? Fleece? A Quilt? Woven cotton?
Third, what size would I get for an average size horse? Queen?
I'm thinking of getting a couple of blankets and tossing them over their backs and securing with clothespins, the kind you hang clothes on the line, so there's no worry of pins coming loose and stabbing them.
These are not my horses, so I don't want to invest a lot of money and was thinking of just getting some blankets at a thrift store.