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If you use Stretchies/Sleazy type products - how long do you leave them on?

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  • If you use Stretchies/Sleazy type products - how long do you leave them on?

    I was considering getting the "model" that covers their face, neck, and shoulders. The hood, if you will.

    Sensitive chestnut that rubs easily (and all are properly fitting blankies!), and he's prone to windburn during the winter.

    However, I have never used one before, and I wasn't sure if people usually leave these on 24/7 or just for nights at shows to protect braids, how often they wash them, etc.

    It would seem they could be a breeding ground for bacteria if not washed properly and frequently? I ride my horse 6x a week, so he is groomed and exercised all but one day, if that makes any difference.
    Last edited by ake987; Sep. 22, 2011, 12:07 AM. Reason: ETA: Proofread this and just kept thinking "How new do I sound?!" LOL!

  • #2
    I would worry about the facial part getting wet and dirty during turnout. I've also had them shift around so the eye and ear holes end up in odd places.


    • #3
      And because they are lycra they dont move so the hairs will break off underneath them if you leave them on and they will cause friction burns

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      • #4
        I've heard horror stories about them slipping and the lycra getting stuck overtop of their eyes. Ended up causing damage to the eye. Not worth it IMO.
        Originally posted by JSwan
        Prove it....Otherwise, you're just coming off as a whackjob.
        Founding member of the "Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine" Clique


        • #5
          Only use shoulder-guard type on horse that gets rubs. Works like a charm. Wore it 24/7, except when I took it off to wash it. I washed in dish detergent by hand, and let it soak for a while before rinsing. Have to do frequently, especially if under a waterproof blanket, or you will get mold spots EEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW. Can't think of much worse against my horses skin. I have two now to rotate. I wash if they get manure, dander, dirt, or its been a week or so. Never had a problem with them getting rubs FROM the shoulder-guard. It sits tight on their hair, and is so stretchy it doesn't move when they do. I have Stretchies brand.
          Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable with a full hood/neck one for fear of it shifting and covering eyes. I have seen many people use them at boarding barns without issue, all winter long. My horses tend to roll hard, buck, leap, play over the fence if possible etc. I haven't had a need for a full cover one. Wind burn? Not familiar with it. Wind could blow through the guard, but I guess it would block a bit.


          • #6
            I've heard horror stories about the face ones getting twisted also..otherwise I would use a full one because it seems that it would help with my mare's mane getting rubbed out when she wears a neck cover.


            • #7
              At the training barn where my gelding is they use them on most of the show horses. They leave them on except when being worked and they are fine. I have not seen any issues with any of them. These horses are all stalled and do not go outside with them on since they are not waterproof.
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              May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
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              • #8
                I don't use them for turnout, but all my horses wear them indoors in the winter. I put them on at night (or sooner-whenever I blanket) they stay on until I take blankets off (to ride or because it is warming up). Some horses tear them, some horses rub them and they twist. If you start with a well fitting properly made one they should be fine unless you put them on a houdini-who shouldn't be wearing one.
                Michael: Seems the people who burned me want me for a job.
                Sam: A job? Does it pay?
                Michael: Nah, it's more of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
                Sam: Oh. I've never liked those.


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks for all the replies! I got a shoulder guard for fire sale price last spring, only put it on for sizing since winter was over, and it fit very nicely (considering he is 16.1 OTTB with the chest of 17.2 big-bodied WB!) so I think I am going to stick with that and forego the hood.

                  I was about to say my horse is not a houdini, but here's a little photo evidence that points to the contrary:

                  We tried this oversize full-face mask to see if it helped with his headshaking symptoms (turns out he is not photic and objects to anything on his face besides his halter or bridle..): Oooh, look, pretty, clean, new flymask!

                  Buuuuuuut, this is the picture I got the very next day from my BO's DH: Do you think he didn't like the flymask, or the pink? The text read "It appears they stomped all over it, as well." Yes, thank you, it does appear that way.

                  So I just have a feeling I would come out to find his nose through an ear hole and a leg through an eye hole. Don't ask me how he would do that, but he could. Same horse that nearly tore his entire right eyelid off in a stall that had NO signs of where the damage was done (I have now concluded it was a rogue cheese grater he got into a fight with - or maybe a shoe.. who knows).

                  Wow, now.. not only do I sound new, I sound like a horrible owner admitting all this! :P But please, trust me, this guy is very well loved and taken care of by me and my fabulous trainer/BO. So, to avoid further chaos, I think I will find another shoulder guard so that I can do as suggested and clean often and rotate so he doesn't have to go without.

                  Thanks again for all the replies everyone!


                  • #10
                    I love the shoulder guards!! They really help prevent shoulder rubs. I think the one I had lasted like 10 years!
                    Originally posted by JSwan
                    Prove it....Otherwise, you're just coming off as a whackjob.
                    Founding member of the "Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine" Clique


                    • #11
                      If you are looking for another shoulder guard, check out the Bossys Bibs:


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