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    01-23-2014, 12:42 AM
Quarter sheets

Anyone use them or have opinions on using them?

Looking for ways for us to stay warm when it's in the single digits and below zero during the winter.
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    01-23-2014, 12:55 AM
I used one frequently when I had a clipped horse - they work well for a relaxed hack in the cold but must come off for the real exercise.
    01-23-2014, 01:11 AM
Yep, helps warm up the back on those chilly days. I usually warm up in it, then take it off for the bulk of the work, then cool down in it.
    01-23-2014, 08:20 AM
As you warm up, do you only walk with it on? I can only imagine my horse's reaction if I were to trot in one of those with the sides billowing out behind us.

Do you use the type that goes over the rider as well, or just the horse?
    01-23-2014, 11:54 AM
When I was riding at a barn with no indoor in -15 and a clipped horse, you bet I rode in a quarter sheet.
There are a few types, the ones that go under your saddle, keyhole ones and then the whole Mac-In-The-Sac setup blanket type deal. All have at least the strap under the tail which keeps them from billowing out. I like the keyhole ones because they keep my legs warm too - and they are easy to take off - you don't have to take your saddle off, just undo the Velcro. Mac in the sacs are like serious hahaha like delivering mail in a hurricane.
My friend makes some keyhole waterproof and in great colors, PM me if you want her info.
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    01-23-2014, 06:05 PM
Originally Posted by SEAmom    
As you warm up, do you only walk with it on? I can only imagine my horse's reaction if I were to trot in one of those with the sides billowing out behind us.

Do you use the type that goes over the rider as well, or just the horse?
I would walk and trot in them outside on a windy day. I seem to recall that I had a strap that went under the tail to hold it down a little. If it was REALLY windy that I think I maybe would turn around and hold it down!

So trotting in an arena should present no problem at all.

On type, for me I never found one in the keyhole style that anabel describes that fitted but my mare was on the broad side. Whatever fits works, and if you are going to take it off after warming up then the sort that goes under the saddle wouldn't be any good.
    01-24-2014, 11:56 AM
I didn't even consider that there are different types. I thought they just kind of velcroed or something I in the lap and that was it. Hmm...
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    01-24-2014, 12:04 PM
I used to use quarter sheets.. but something about them was kind of funky and I could just never get them to quit sliding off.

Then I started just using plain old fleece blankets. My horse is clipped in the winter, so he always has to have something on when we warm up.

You know the ones people make from scratch wit the double layer and the tied ends? Well, take two corners of those tied ends and tie them around your wait and you have a nice leg blanket/ warm up quarter sheet. Since you really only use it walking/ light trotting it doesn't go anywhere. My horse can have his spazzy moments but he has never had an issue with the blanket on him.

And way cheaper and snugglier. I just like them better is all, I'm sure they're not everyones cup of tea.
    01-24-2014, 12:07 PM
I've always wanted a quarter sheet, but have never gotten around to purchasing one.

That said, I would just use my cooler for warmup/cooldown. I'd put it over everything (saddle, etcetera) while I was leading him, then would put it back behind the saddle to mount. Once on, I'd tuck it around me/beneath my thighs. It kept us both warm, and it'd come off once we were warmed up.
    01-24-2014, 12:55 PM
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The waterproof ones were good in the UK where it rains so much but the ones that go under the saddle always seem to try to slide back
The hunting horses were mostly clipped right out and we never used sheets on any of them because most of the exercise is done by hacking out - buts its never that cold over there compared to the US
Most of the indoor arenas in my area that you can hire or go for lessons at have heating and if I'm on a trail ride I don't want to be stuck with a quarter sheet that I've had to take off once the horse has warmed up

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