October 21, 2014 at 6:00 pmpeteandsam Original PosterTopics Started: 3Replies Posted: 3
okay, so my OTTB is kind of thin-skinned and rubs fairly easily. I just got him this summer, so I’m not sure if blanket rubs are going to be an issue for us (we have to blanket November- March-ish in the Northeast) so I am thinking of buying him a sleazy. He is going to be trace clipped for the winter, so I figured it would help keep him a bit warmer. I have heard that they are good for preventing rubs on the shoulders and withers when used under a blanket. His blanket is a heavy weight smartpak deluxe.
any experience with sleazies?
anything would be awesome!
3 Phases, 2 Hearts, 1 Passion. Eventing.October 22, 2014 at 5:11 pmJoe-JoeTopics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205
My horse would have it off as soon as I turned my back on him – he hates things. The best thing to do for him is to let him grow as much coat as he can, no clipping. If that isn’t possible, an undershirt would probably help. You might consider asking Smartpak for suggestions on what might work best – they are very helpful people.
It is never the horse's faultDecember 12, 2014 at 1:57 pmponygirl360Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 41
If you don’t want to put the full sleazy hood on him, you could always go with a shoulder guard. Some of them are lined with fleece to help keep your horse warmer, and they really do prevent rubs! It’s also a nice light layer under their blankets. As long as they fit well and are not too tight or too loose, the horse shouldn’t be able to become entangled or anything like that. Just make sure you have a good fit so your horse is comfortable!January 30, 2015 at 7:05 am
I have had no experience with them myself, but the “Bossy Bib” shoulder guards seem to have have one of the best reputations and almost all the comments I have seen on them have been positive.January 30, 2015 at 12:14 pmMHBTAvatarTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 31
In my experience they do a good job preventing rubs.
The only thing I would caution is if you have a horse that is fussy, I’d be careful with a full hood until you know how your horse is with it. Twice my horse has managed to blind himself in his attempts to extract himself from it. He’ll get it part way off and then get stuck with the eyeholes no longer where they belong (once with the eyehole looped around his chin and a chunk of it in his mouth like a lycra bit)! Fortunately he’s a sane sort, and both times I’ve just found him standing around looking pathetic and waiting for me to rescue him. I don’t know many people who’ve had this problem, so probably not a big deal, but something be aware of. My guy does have kind of a small head compared to the rest of him, so when the neck fits, the head part is a bit looser & longer than ideal – – – this may make it easier for him to maneuver it than most horses. Tying the eyeholes to the earholes with some baling twine seems to somehow reduce the stretchiness enough and I haven’t had him get it rearranged since doing that.January 31, 2015 at 7:13 am
If your concern is with rubbing at the shoulder “corner”, there is another option that has not been mentioned – – HUG front T/O’s. I don’t think I have ever seen a HUG front stall blanket, but HUG front T/O’s are sold in several on-line catalogs/retailers, (Dover comes to mind, though I know I have seen them elsewhere) and can solve the rubbing issue. Standard T/O’s either have a closed front or some type of buckle & strap front closure the meets & fastens in the center front of the chest. HUG T/O’s are different in that instead of meeting in a seam or a fastener at the center front, they have two overlapping front panels that only attach & hang freely from each side of the neckline. The overlap is large enough that there is no gaping or area that is not covered, but because both front panels hang from the neckline, they move freely with the horse instead of potentially rubbing. Putting a HUG front T/O on a horse is a bit different and will take a bit of getting used to, but they are typically not that much more expensive than closed front or buckle/strap front T/O’s and might solve your problem without a shoulder guard or hood.January 31, 2015 at 7:18 am
Whoops – I hit the “Submit” button, then realized there is an “add an attachment” button for adding a photo. This is what a HUG front looks like, on a clothing rack. It would probably be clearer on a horse, but this is the only photo I have.
Attachments:February 28, 2015 at 10:37 pmshannon-giggyTopics Started: 2Replies Posted: 3
I just got my horse a shoulder guard this year, and the difference was amazing! He is trace clipped as well, and last year had rubs down to the skin. Now, his shoulders have no rubs at all. I don’t know much about the different brands, but theyre pretty much all the same. I’d much rather purchase a “bra” than go out looking for expensive “rub relieving” blankets.
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