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At what temp do you start using a quarter sheet?

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  • At what temp do you start using a quarter sheet?

    I've been thinking about buying my lease mare a new quarter sheet, hers is too small to use the tail strap with it (and I kind of hate the color), I realized I hardly ever use her quarter sheet, in part because I don't put it on unless it's pretty darn cold.
    So, where is the cut-off point that you will use a quarter sheet?
    Sorry I didn't make the options even ranges, but I feel like temp differences feel more significant at lower temps, and 32F/0C felt like it might be a decision point for some people.

    Also, do you always keep a sheet on for the entire ride, or if it's a warmer day, do you take it off after warm-up?
    At 45F(7C) or above
    Between 32F(0C) and 45F(7C)
    Between 20F(-4C) and 32F(0C)
    Between 10F(-12C) and 20F(-4C)
    Between 5F(-15C) and 10F(-12C)
    Below 5F(-15C)
    Never use one, regardless of temp, but ride at temps others may use a QS
    Don't ride in temps I feel a QS is necessary

  • #2
    My answer isn't really on there- only use one if it's really cold and snowing/ sleeting etc. Or if I'm at a competition and the vets suggest you start the morning with one. I'm also anxiously awaiting a custom-made, waterproof riding skirt that will work as both a quarter sheet for my horse and a toasty cover for me
    Wouldst thou like the taste of butter ? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?


    • #3
      I voted for what I'm doing right now with a trace clipped horse in an indoor arena (between 20-32, but I'll use it for walking until close to 40). If riding outside, I'll keep it on longer or at higher temps if it's windy.

      If it's an unclipped horse, temps have to be lower before I'll use one (lower 20s and colder).

      I also only use it for walking most of the time and take it off once we start trotting. If it's below 20 with a clipped horse, I'll keep it on for some or all of the trot and canter portion of the ride.


      • #4
        My horse is unclipped and unblanketed except in the most extreme conditions (like outside in wind and single digits F) so I dont use a quarter sheet. When I rode a clipped horse I did use one as long as the horse was blanketed at least to start the ride. I then almost always removed it as he warmed up since I rode in the indoor and not in extreme cold.


        • #5
          I don't use one. But then again I typically don't ride if it's less than 20F. My Tb mare grows a nice winter coat and we have access to an indoor, so we can keep moving to keep warm!

          On really, really cold days if I really want to get on it's bareback with her wearing her Medium weight turnout. And then we just work at walk-trot.

          At my barn, some people use QS when it's in the 20ies, 30ies or even 40ies. True, some horses have thin coats, but it's also true that some people love to dress up their horses even if they don't need it

          MTA when I didn't have access to an indoor I would have loved one of those waterproof riding skirt/QS combos!
          Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!


          • #6
            I voted that I don't ride in temps that require a QS. I fortunately live in an area where it usually doesn't get below freezing except at night. The few times it has dropped into the 20s, my butt wasn't going to be riding
            Lots of things you could do with a stopwatch...


            • #7
              Depends on the horse. One was a grinch during saddling up in cold weather (<35F) until you put on a quarter sheet. Others don’t care and I rarely use one at all. For the “delicate one”, with hind end issues, anything less than 40F it was necessary to use a quarter sheet.

              Again, depending on the workout and horse, it would stay on for just the warm up or the whole ride. My instructor taught me the trick of scrunching it up on the loins and running the tail strap through the bucking strap up front (you sit on part of the blanket). That can be an easy compromise if you don’t mind the feel of the blanket under your seat.


              • #8
                Originally posted by sophie View Post
                I don't use one. But then again I typically don't ride if it's less than 20F. My Tb mare grows a nice winter coat and we have access to an indoor, so we can keep moving to keep warm!

                On really, really cold days if I really want to get on it's bareback with her wearing her Medium weight turnout. And then we just work at walk-trot.

                At my barn, some people use QS when it's in the 20ies, 30ies or even 40ies. True, some horses have thin coats, but it's also true that some people love to dress up their horses even if they don't need it

                MTA when I didn't have access to an indoor I would have loved one of those waterproof riding skirt/QS combos!
                Just so:


                • #9
                  My horse has a high trace clip and I use a quarter sheet when it is less than 45F it's a wool blend and quite heavy so I took the tale strap off and it stays in place fine.

                  I keep it on at the walk in the beginning of my ride for 15-20 minutes. If it is colder (below freezing) I may trot a bit in it too.

                  I also use it on hacks in the winter.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bluey View Post

                    Just so:
                    Love that. That's so true.
                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                    • #11
                      I use mine once it’s into the 40s, regardless of weather type. My horse has a blanket clip, and he’s a lot more comfortable when his back is warm. He’s not a delicate flower about the cold but he’s not a big overheater or sweater either.

                      He wears it for the full ride, I don’t take it off until I’m untacking him.

                      He wears a Rambo Newmarket quarter sheet, not sure if that matters for voting purposes but it’s a heavy dense fleece.


                      • #12
                        My main mare isn't clipped and the other horse I was riding just had a trace clip last winter. So I only use a quarter sheet in the rain. It protects the saddle too. I have tried closing it over my legs but my particular sheet won't stay up over the tops of my thighs.


                        • #13
                          Don't use one. Don't usually ride if it is below 20F, but that is because of MY hands and feet, not the horse.

                          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now). Spy is gone. April 15, 1982 to Jan 10, 2019.


                          • #14
                            My general feeling is if the horse is wearing a blanket (generally means clipped & below 45 F), she gets a cooler on while grooming/tacking (only exposing the parts I'm cleaning/dealing with), and a quarter sheet at least for the warm up. I almost always take it off once we've warmed up a bit, unless it's really cold, in which case I may have two quarter sheets, and leave one on/take one off after warm up, or just leave one on the whole time (and this is all riding in an indoor, with a brief outdoor walk to/from the barn).

                            (It also goes back on after a ride for the cool-down walk, whether that's walking in the indoor or outside.)
                            Last edited by Feathered_Feet; Jan. 10, 2020, 07:48 AM.


                            • #15
                              In 'cold' temps (maybe below freezing, or in the lower 40s with a clipped horse) I'll use a cooler draped over my horse's hindquarters as I walk around and warmup. Then once I go to work, trotting/cantering/jumping, I pull it off and drape over a jump standard until I'm ready to cool out.

                              The quarter sheet is generally reserved for trail riding in cold temps (maybe anything under 45) when I know we'll be doing a lot of walking, and don't think walking alone is enough to keep my horse's back warm. Once temps get below freezing, I generally don't ride at all, but if I do, I'll use a quarter sheet for ring riding. (and let's be honest, I'm also motivated to use one when *I'm* cold, as the part that goes over my thighs makes a big difference to my riding comfort. A few of my hothouse flowers are cranky about working in cold temps, but are also cranky about the static electricity or 'pulling' feeling of cantering or jumping with a quarter sheet, so it's six of one, half dozen of the other, or IOW:
                              rock ME hard place.
                              A good man can make you feel sexy, strong, and able to take on the world.... oh, sorry.... that's does that...



                              • #16
                                32-45. My horse is trace clipped, and seems to move a lot more comfortably and loosely with his wool quarter sheet on. We may or may not leave it on the entire ride, depending on how he seems.


                                • #17
                                  I should print it and post it at my barn LOL

                                  It seems we all have different opinions on what is a really cold temperature. Around here, 28-30 on a sunny day with no wind is downright balmy
                                  Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!


                                  • #18
                                    I voted 20-32, but wanted to note that we don't have any unclipped horses. I might feel differently if they had their woolies on still.


                                    • #19
                                      I used a quarter sheet on my mare when it was below 40 if she was clipped because she did not like to be cold and would buck. If she was unclipped I used one below 30 for the same reasons.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Originally posted by ElementFarm View Post
                                        I'll use a quarter sheet for ring riding. (and let's be honest, I'm also motivated to use one when *I'm* cold, as the part that goes over my thighs makes a big difference to my riding comfort).
                                        When I was answering my own question I realized I am a LOT more likely to use a quarter sheet on days I don't have long underwear on under my breeches!