Coolers are Basic Winter Horse Gear


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I do a lot of riding and I am always surprised when I see people missing one of what I consider to be the most basic of winter riding gear: the cooler.

There are many varieties of coolers in different shapes, materials, colors, and prices

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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  1. re: Coolers are Basic Winter Horse Gear

    We just bought a horse in Northern Maine – and riding her in the winter has been a problem due to her getting soaked – and she’s in a turnout – wears a turnout blanket full time except when we are working with her.  Would I be able to put this com

  2. re: Coolers are Basic Winter Horse Gear

    The cotton "Irish Knit", open weave sheets are great to use under regular blankets, too.  They eliminate the static spark and cling, as well as acting like thermal underwear by adding a layer of warmth.

  3. re: Coolers are Basic Winter Horse Gear

    I live in Massachusetts and it’s really cold here in the winter.  I always use an anti-sweat (knitted sheet) under the cooler also.

  4. re: Coolers are Basic Winter Horse Gear

    In years gone by I also used an anti-sweat "sheet" made of crocheted cotton thread on the sweaty horse, then put a cooler, sheet or blanket over it, depending on the severity of the weather (I lived in Southern California at the time).  

  5. re: Coolers are Basic Winter Horse Gear

    My daughter’s dressage instructor taught us years ago to put on an antisweat first (irish knit, open weave, etc) and then put the cooler over the top of that.  It was amazing how fast the horse would dry and the cooler would be wet!

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