Coolers for Horses
Horses sweat just like humans when they exert themselves, and this happens regularly during training or a competition. Especially if the four-legged friend is exposed to harsh conditions after work - such as cold, wetness or draught - it can cool down quickly. This can often result in a cold, inflammation of the back muscles or kidneys. To avoid this, it is advisable to put a sweat rug on the horse to dry it after activities. This conducts the sweat through the fabric to the outside. Choose the ideal sweat rug for your four-legged friend. The wide range of products available in our online shop convinces with quality and various designs.
Frequently asked questions about Coolers
If the horse is very sweaty after training or a show, it is urgent to cover it with a sweat rug. The rugs support the drying process by absorbing moisture and transporting it to the outside. The more moisture the sweat rug can absorb, the better it works. This can also be recognised by the fact that the rug will be damp and wet some time after it has been put on. The horse underneath, however, will be dry. With this effect, a sweat rug protects against hypothermia and a possible cold. During the cold months, a winter rug should be put on after wearing the sweat rug as soon as the horse is dry again. Alternatively, sweat rugs can be used when riding in a trailer or during the autumn and winter months before training. This keeps the back and kidneys warm and protected.
Depending on the thickness and length of the horse's coat, it takes varying amounts of time for the horse to dry. As soon as this is the case, the sweat rug can be removed and, depending on the outside temperature, replaced by a winter rug. When warming up, it is advisable to leave the rug on the horse until the first trotting sessions have been done. Then the rug can be removed and the training can begin.
When buying a sweat rug, it is important to consider the size of the horse. The rug should not be too tight, so that the four-legged friend is not cramped or squeezed. However, it should neither be too loose, otherwise it might slip down and get stuck. Some sweat rugs are also offered with neck parts, which support sweating and ensure better blood circulation in the neck region. Inappropriate sizes impair mobility, practical use and the well-being of the sensitive animals. Therefore, it is recommended to observe the size specifications of the manufacturer and to compare them with the measurements of the horse.
Most sweat rugs can be washed in the washing machine at 30°C. However, always follow the manufacturer's instructions before washing. Usually, the information can be found on the laundry label. It is advisable to clean the horse rug in a separate machine, because in addition to sweat, there is always some horse hair that sticks to the material. The machine should also have a large filling volume, because the rugs become thick and heavy when washed. It is recommended to dry them on a pole in the fresh air. They should not be put in the dryer, as this could damage the material.
A sweat rug transfers moisture from the horse's coat to the surface of the rug. The rug absorbs the sweat and dries the animal. This keeps the horse warm and protects it from the wind, and also prevents colds and other illnesses. Sweat rugs are often made of fleece, which is both absorbent and breathable. It releases moisture and can later be dried quickly and easily in an airy place.