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post #1 of 12 Old 02-08-2015, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Stupid cooler question

I have noticed with working my ottb that his neck and withers primarily get hot and sweaty. His current cooling sheet doesn't have any neck protection. I'm in upstate NY, so any non trivial work we do in the deep freeze months needs cooling -- should I get neck protection,too? I want to do right by my boy. I towel him pretty vigorously to make up for the lack of cooler, but given that his neck is about 50% or more of what gets sweaty, maybe what I am doing is not enough? It seems from what is sold cooling the neck is optional, but maybe that isn't best? I welcome advice and input!
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-08-2015, 06:48 AM
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Why not just buy a cooler that covers the neck...?
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-08-2015, 10:54 AM
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My horse is the same way, sweating mostly on his neck and chest. I ended up getting him a fitted cooler that has an attached neck (even though it doesn't get super cold where I am!!)
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-08-2015, 11:36 AM
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old flat wool coolers

This may not be relevant because I mainly use coolers when bringing them in wet/muddy/cold..., or after hosing/bathing if it's not sunny and warm.

I have a couple of old wool coolers that are flat. One is very heavy and dense, the size of a king size bed blanket and has an interesting buckle.

The buckle side is close to the edge, while the strap side is set in about a foot (12"). When fastened it stays fairly well up high on the neck. The buckle is the only fastener on it.

Elwood is sporting it in the pics, the striped one.

The other lighter Dress Campbell plaid one is on the mare Solo, in the background. It is lighter, softer and lays closer to the horse, may do a bit better at drying because of this. It has ties in the front and a butt cord for behind the tail.

You can see that both sides of the ties are at the edge. So it gapes, slides, and has to be tied to the halter to stay up. Someday I may move one tie over. Need another horse to be motivated though I think. HaHa.

The mare, Solo, didn't need it tied at all though. She walked around like the Queen of Sheba loving every minute with it, teeny little steps, careful not to let it slip.

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Note to self: You do not need another horse. You do not need another horse.....
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-08-2015, 12:31 PM
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They're called square coolers. Just buy one. No point in using what you have if it's not doing what you need it to.

Not too expensive and not uncommon. In fact this is what I think of I don't think I've ever heard of one with a fitted neck like a blanket would. There are some different versions though.
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-08-2015, 01:20 PM
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To add-

no stupid questions!

Horses get sweaty in different areas like people, so buy what your horse needs.

If he's that sweaty consider clipping him.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-08-2015, 02:40 PM
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Some Arabian shows have Most Classic Head contests and the rules require that you cover everything else. These work great.
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-09-2015, 12:49 AM
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If you want a really cheap one, look on used tack pages and at tack sales.. I get mine EXTREMELY cheap from Arabian showers who win them. Most of them don't have buckles or things to secure them on so I use polo wraps tied around the neck and belly. A trainer I used to work for would use a huge clip from a hardware store to hold the front together, just depends what you prefer I guess.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-09-2015, 05:12 PM
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Won't comment on the toes of that second pic you posted Yogi!
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-09-2015, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone! What was confusing me was that "most" coolers didn't have this option, so I started to think maybe horses needed their necks free to cool properly. (Just like most horses with a full coat don't really *need* a neck warmer for turnout in winter in most conditions, but they're heavily marketed and I can't count how many people at my barn have them because they don't want Baby to get a chill -- meanwhile Baby is thinking, "Ugh, get this off me and let me BREATHE!")

But I get it, this is just an individual thing, and now I have some ideas what to buy. Thanks again so much and especially for the pictures.
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