Hello all! I want to buy a new cooler for the big guy. I currently have a cotton Irish Knit one and while I like it enough I want something that will dry him off a little quicker after a workout. He lives outside 24/7 so clipping isn't very realistic for us, at least not until this crazy weather we've been getting this winter goes away. Anyways, I'm stuck b/t going for a fleece or a wool cooler. Any thoughts, experiences, opinions?
"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse." - Robert Smith Surtees
I purchased the Rambo fleece cooler this winter and am very pleased with it. The quality is fabulous and it does a super job of wicking the mositure away from the horse. My horse is also turned out the majority of the day and is very fuzzy. He can get quite sweaty when worked and I have found this cooler to do a fabulous job. Not to mention that it looks great and is oh so soft.
Prefer wool over fleece as wool doesn't stretch like fleece does and stays in place better. I often will use a wool or fleece sheet as an under layer... the fleece ones always seem to stretch and pull at their withers...the wool always stays in place.
I am a diehard wool fan, personally. I think it wicks moisture better, is less static-y, and holds its shape better. I have a wool cooler that is 20+ years old and still perfectly usable. But, I base a lot of my opinion on a fleece dress sheet that I got years ago as a gift-pretty much when they first started using polarfleece. It had all of the above problems--but I am currently shopping for a new one, and I notice that there are now some that claim to be treated to not be static-y, etc. I'm sure technology has improved them a lot, so for those of you that are happy with polarfleece coolers, can you share specifics on brands, etc?
Love wool but I've also come to love the cheap cotton coolers with straps for $29 at Dover. Great when it's warmer or if you need to put your horse in the trailer, also great as cheap blanket liners or to cover the saddle for hauling.
Order larger, they shrink in the wash!
So, slightly different purpose but very, very useful.
Use to have wool, but switched to fleece. I have both a big square cooler and also a fleece blanket with front buckle and side straps.
Sometimes I only use the fleece and sometimes I use my Irish knit with the fleece over it. I've also used the fleece as an extra layer under the winter blanket when I didn't quite need two winter blankets. It's versatile -- and washable! A big plus.
I love my fleece coolers. I have a Smartpak fleece cooler and weatherbeeta cooler with some special material that is supposed to wick moisture away faster. My Smartpak cooler has done a great job every time I've used it and has held up well to my horse's abuse, (she's very hard on blankets). I haven't found it to be an awful shavings magnet; all I have to do is brush the shavings off...Obviously it's not as easy as wool, but it's not impossible either.