October 24, 2015 at 2:25 pmzoe_crawford Original PosterTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 1
I’m looking to get the SmartPark Fleece Quarter Sheet for this winter, but I’m having a bit of an issue with size. My horse is 15-16hh (haven’t measured her) but I also want to be able to use the sheet for the other horses that I ride occasionally. Getting the horse size (54”) would be smart, right?October 24, 2015 at 5:29 pmJoe-JoeTopics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205
I’ve not purchased a quarter sheet, but to make one the pattern directions are to measure from withers to tail and choose a size a little bit longer. Of course, if you are making your own and it is too long, you can trim off the excess before finishing. So, the height of your horse is not as important as the length.
It is never the horse's faultOctober 26, 2015 at 7:09 amG & STopics Started: 16Replies Posted: 253
I have always changed saddle pads when I use a specific saddle on 2 or more horses. But since I make my own saddle pads, I always have a good selection to choose from, so basically, each horse had his or her own set. But the same logic might well be applied to quarter sheets. They are not that expensive, especially if you can make your own, so I would suggest you seriously consider having one per horse. If you blanket during the winter, you block UV rays, which along with doing a good bit of damage, can be helpful in killing bad things in the horses coat. Also, when it is cold, we humans tend to be less meticulous in our grooming, and a bath with a shampoo containing anit-fungals is just not practical. And that way you can get the fit right for each horse (and each saddle).November 8, 2015 at 2:56 pmIrishMelodyTopics Started: 7Replies Posted: 27
To size, think about length both down the spine and the drop on each side. Quarter sheets are designed to keep horses sides and butts warm while exercising, so you want it to come to just the tail head and just to their belly for lengths. I own a “one size” quarter sheet, it fits obviously small horses, but have found max size 17hands of an athletic built horse, not narrow but not wide. If your horse is wide, like a big built warmblood type, probably see if they come in an oversize or warmblood size or make your own. They are pretty easy to design and could be made easily from two pieces of fleece. The SmartPak one you have linked is styled the same as mine, it has a cut out to fit around your saddle with velcro over the withers. This is nice. I always put mine under my saddle. Yes, you could velcro it over your own legs, but then the front flaps in the wind and it becomes like a weird cape and doesn’t keep your horse’s butt warm.
Also as a small note, I had one horse who got itchy with fleece (as a human, some fleece makes me itchy too) so I always wash new fleece items a few times to get the coating off it. Just don’t dry it in the dryer or use fabric softener. Since it is fleece, some static electricity may build up rubbing on the hair, but a quick spray of show sheen or similar product along the horse side of the butt portion works like static guard to help prevent it.
I like my quarter sheet, I got it on an online close out and it was been a good investment. I ride with it on for flatwork and jumping, whenever the temps are cold enough that horses wear their blankets.November 9, 2015 at 6:25 amG & STopics Started: 16Replies Posted: 253
I make a lot of horse “stuff” out of polar fleece, and I always bring the material home and run it through a rinse cycle on the washer, but then I do pop it in the drying to dry it. And I do dry it with a dryer sheet to help control the static. I do this before I put the material on the shelved, ready to be used. One of the advantages of polar fleece is that it can be machine washed & dried, making it an easy to care for liner or cooler. Compared to the traditional wool liners and coolers, it seems to wick water as well as wool, but without the shrinkage & itching that come with wool. I’ve never had polar fleece react negatively to being dried in a dryer, with the exception of the static issue, which the dryer sheets pretty much take care of.
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