I'm in the market for a new cooler, and I need help finding what I want.
I really like the one I have, but I don't know the manufacturer and it's way too small for my pony. Like, 12-18" too short (front to back). It's a nice tight fabric, holds shape amazingly well, things don't stick much too it, and just feels like good quality in my hands. What I like most about it is that the neck portion is actually shaped to follow the rise of the neck, without changing where the blanket hits on the bottom. So when it's not on him, folded in half, it looks like this (but clearly not as steep) (okay, so apparently my drawing doesn't want to stay they way I put it... but I think you can still figure it out):
1) Quality. I don't need or want to spend a fortune, but I really need quality.
2) Big. My horses is 17h and thickly built. But no so big it is a dress, eh? He's a horse, not Mimi from the Drew Carey Show. For example, the pictures on the Curvon website of their square coolers do not appeal to me.
3) Square. Must be square. His neck gets sweaty, too. It actually gets more sweaty than anything else...
4) I would love the option to customize the colors with piping, etc. But I also REALLY like plaid.
I'm aware of the Saratoga ones, but it's hard to judge the quality just from the online picture that appears to be the same one as the their fleece option.
So if anyone has any ideas... my family would very much like to finally have something on my "holiday wish list"
If you don't find what you are looking for, another option would be to get a wool blanket, some blanket clamps and a surcingle and use that combination instead. Wool blankets run the price range from Army surplus blankets to fine New Zealand wool. With a needle and thread, you could also put in a brow band, ties, and a tail guard. My 17 h stocky Percheron takes a King size blanket for ear to tail coverage. A friend's slim 15 h horse takes a twin size. She got a magnificent New Zealand wool blanket at a garage sale for $2.50! A third option would be to get a wool blend square cooler in a 96 x 102 size. Use with the surcingle, and your Perchie-sized boy would be nice a cozy! I use that over the horse's Schneider's Big Fella Fleece cooler on very wet days, and with the duo combination, he dries out thoroughly. Good luck with your horse!
I love Saratoga Horseworks. I have a dress sheet in their dress gordon wool, and it's wonderful heavy stuff and breathes will. It'd make a beautiful cooler, if you're looking for white with blue/green plaid. Might be Woolrich fabric, even?