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    12-07-2008, 07:20 PM
winter cooler?

What do you guys think about using a cooler in the winter, after riding. Yesterday when I brought Jubilee back into the barn after a ride, her body was steaming a bit. She wasn't hot or anything because I had walked her out. But I've always been told you don't want the horse to catch a cold from sweat when riding in the winter. She was kind of wet because it was snowing outside, but I didn't want her to catch a chill, so I put my winter blanket on her, but kept it off her back end where she was wet. I didn't want to trap the moisture inside. I was thinking how it would be much easier if I had some sort of cooler to use. What do you guys think? Do you use coolers in the winter, and if so, what kind?

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    12-07-2008, 07:52 PM
It is SOOO nice to have a cooler in the winter. Brickens get so sweaty after every ride and the cooler helps him cool off faster and keeps him from catching a chill. I would definitely suggest getting one.

I have the Rambo cotton cooler which I love. It's made from cotton so pieces of dirt and shavings don't stick to it as it does to fleece and wool. It does a great job and cuts back on the amount of time for Brickens to cool off. The only thing I wish I had gotten was a square cooler that goes up on the horse's neck because Brickens tends to get sweaty up their too but my cooler doesn't cover that unless I pull it up and let his bum freeze.

I hope you decide to get one, you will definitely not regret it.

Here's a few I found that I thought you would like...
WeatherBeeta Microfleece Square Cooler and Fleece Horse Coolers*|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM

Rambo Cotton Cooler/belly strp and Knit Horse Coolers*|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM

Centaur Wool Plaid Sheet and Wool Horse Coolers*|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM

Also, let me know if you need help finding any particular color as you know that's my specialty!
    12-07-2008, 07:59 PM
Thanks mudypony! I think I'm going to get one from the Greenhawk store in my city, because I don't have a credit card for things over the internet. But I appreciate your advice. I'm thinking something along the lines of this:

Shedrow Fleece Cooler-On Sale until Jan 31 2009 [BLC1634]

Oh, and this might sound funny, but have you ever considered opening a horse tack store when you are older? I think you would be great at it! You're always good at pointing people to good products. Lol.
    12-07-2008, 08:35 PM
I believe I have this cooler. Schneider Saddlery

I absolutely LOVE having a cooler for the winter. I put it on them, put my tack away, brush their legs, face, pick the hooves. And it dries them off pretty quickly too!

I like that this one isn't droopy so I don't have to worry about it getting caught on anything.

And the surcingle is really great too (its like hidden underneath)
    12-07-2008, 08:46 PM
Oh, and this might sound funny, but have you ever considered opening a horse tack store when you are older? I think you would be great at it! You're always good at pointing people to good products. Lol.
That would be so much fun!! I'll probably end up working at one when I'm old enough but I'm not sure if I'd own one but who knows. It would definitely be a job that I would enjoy doing.
    12-07-2008, 08:49 PM
Coolers are awesome in the winter! I like to keep my horse fuzzy. Unfortunately that ends up with her being a steamy, sweaty mess after riding her. It took forever to dry her until I discovered the magical powers of coolers, lol. I'm amazed every time I see the condensation on the outside. Looks like morning dew, lol. The dry so quickly.

They also double well as a blanket in the summer to keep them clean the night before the show. It keeps my horse sweat free all night. Although I wouldn't want to try that with a wool cooler. Might be to hot. I believe mine is a fleece/cotton combo.
    12-07-2008, 09:40 PM
Darylann, thanks. I really like how that one covers the neck as well.

Mudypony, yeah it would be for me too! Except it may be dangerous, I would want to buy EVERYTHING! Lol.

Blossom, thanks! Yeah when I was looking online I found some wool ones, I don't think I want to go with that. I totally know what you mean about the furry, sweaty mess. My girl is a furbie too!
    12-07-2008, 11:05 PM
Dude, the easiest way to make a cooler is go buy a "wicking" blanket (they have holes in them and are knitted) and put that on her. I've had the same one for years and it washes easy and works really well, along with being a lot cheaper!
    12-07-2008, 11:13 PM
Yes, coolers are wonderful. They trap heat and prevent the horse from catching a chill from cooling down too fast. I highly recommend them.
    12-08-2008, 10:58 AM
Thanks for your input guys! I think this will be my Christmas gift to her. I wonder if I could get her name stitched in it somehow ...

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