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        08-10-2009, 08:12 AM
    Winter Dilemma

    I've been shopping around for a winter sheet and a lycra shoulder guard for my girl. The sheet she had last year rubbed a bunch of her mane off and the sheet itself was completely shredded by the end of the season. I was hoping some of you guys could give me some recommendations for some tough, waterproof sheets.

    I also need some advice. My mare is turned out most of the day and all night. Last winter I didn't clip any part of her and kept her covered with the sheet. This kept her comfortable even when the temps went below 0 F for a couple weeks. The only issue I had was when I rode her she got really sweaty. I'd throw a cooler on her and she would take at least an hour, if not longer, to dry. And since the cooler has nylon lining around the shoulders, her shoulders would still be damp. Also the cooler doesn't cover her neck. So, I had a couple ideas:

    1. Bring a hairdryer to dry her shoulders and neck.
    2. Clip her chest and the underside of her neck, and get a neck attachment with polyfill to keep her neck warm.

    What do you guys do? The weather is usually in the 20's F. But it can get down into the negatives during the worst of the winter. Plus we have all kinds of wind and snow.
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        08-10-2009, 02:13 PM
    Green Broke
    I would get some really good stable blankets to put under a nice rug and start rugging and blanketing early in the winter. This will keep her coat from getting too long. I REALLY like the Rider's international 3 peice set, it held up to our two mares last winter and their blankets are VERY well made and from my experiance don't rub.
        08-10-2009, 08:52 PM
    I would definitely clip her. It helps a ton when riding in the winter. If you do clip I would recomend a nice quality sheet and layer it with a midweight stable blanket for colder days. Also, I would recomend getting a square cooler for after rides. It really does help a lot.

    Here's my favorite sheet. You can get the lite one which has no fill. There are also neck covers available to match.
    Amigo Turnout Blanket from SmartPak Equine

    Here's a stable blanket that comes with only 150 grams of fill.
    Amigo Stable Blanket - Stable Blankets from SmartPak Equine
        08-11-2009, 11:22 AM
    Green Broke
    OH! I also hear that the Wickster by Centaur really helps! I am going to get one for both of my horses this winter I hope!

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