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post #1 of 16 Old 12-13-2011, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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What is the purpose of a cooler? Thank you.
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-13-2011, 11:33 PM
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I use a cooler to cover the horse at a show to keep the dust off. Also to keep beer cold.
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-14-2011, 12:05 AM
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A cooler is used to keep a horse from getting a chill after being worked and getting all sweaty from walking them out.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-14-2011, 12:30 AM
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Here in Nebraska we use them on a hot/sweaty horse after a workout in cold weather, especially in winter. When a horse is hot and wet and in the cold air, they can easily get sick (imagine wearing soaking wet sweat pants/shirt and then standing out in freezing weather). The cooler allows for the coat to dry (most will actually absorb most of the dampness) while keeping the horse from getting cold too fast. You don't want to put a horse out or stall it in super cold weather with a soaking wet coat, nor do you want to put a stable or turnout blanket on it while it has a wet coat.
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Thanks for your replies. On a "cold" day (say 50's) and I rinse just the saddle sweat marks and chest but now his coat is wet but he's not hot. He'll feel cold to the touch from the cold water of course. Do I let him air dry or would a cooler be used for this as well?
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post #6 of 16 Old 12-14-2011, 12:46 PM
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I would probably SKIP the rinse, if you really dislike those sweat marks, I would just sponge them off. I usually just let Cinny dry with them and then brush them out. In the 50's it's borderline whether or not to use a cooler. I would either keep him walking until he's almost dry or put the cooler on until he's dry.

With Cinny I usually put his cooler on and then rub it slightly especially on his tummy because he gets SOAKED. But then again, it's below freezing here.
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-14-2011, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Cinny, that makes sense. I have let the sweat dry but after a few days in a row I get concerned that the buildup may compromise his coat's ability to fluff up and keep him warm. But sponging would make it easier to keep the water localized where a hose, no matter how hard you try, gets other areas wet so before you know it he's wet just about everywhere.

So I'll leave the cooler for cooling down - and beer!
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post #8 of 16 Old 12-14-2011, 01:18 PM
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I too would not be bathing when it is 50degF out. I suppose if you have a real need and you have heated water it would be OK. But I certainly would not be spraying cold water on my horse at that temp.

If you groom your horse after a work out there should not be any risk of the sweat causing a problem.
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^^Understood. Very helpful information. Thank you.
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-14-2011, 02:36 PM
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A good cooler will wick the moisture.

I have a mare that drips sweat - even at 15 degrees. I towel the excess water and put a cooler on her. After a bit, I replace that cooler with another one.
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