Given the Kentucky Derby is happening this weekend I thought it was appropriate to reflect on my own experience with a retired Thoroughbred mare I once had the pleasure to exercise daily for 4 years. Her name was Csa Csa. Sounds Hungarian? Yes, she came originally from Hungary, but was racing in her younger years in Switzerland. She retired in a small Thoroughbred stud farm in Switzerland where she gave birth to Thoroughbred foals every year.
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She was a character, I can tell you. Very trusting and kind, at the same time very fastidious. One thing she didn’t like at all was rain. Her aversion against rain was so strong that we needed to get her a horse rain sheet in order to keep her happy. When we forgot about it she showed her indignation very distinctly by letting her ears droop and looking at us heartbreakingly.
Well, a horse rain sheet is practical in any case, even if your horse is not as dainty as Csa Csa was. What do you need to know about horse rain sheets?
First a general observation of horses in the wild. They don‘t need any horse rain sheet when it rains. It‘s true, nature gave horses a great defense against rain. When their coat gets wet, their body heat pushes the moisture toward the ends of the hair where the water drops evaporate into the air. You can see this effect in winter when the water drops form tiny icicles at the hair tips.
If you have a horse that needs to be ready for horse shows, races or sport events you will need to protect his coat against wind and weather – and rain. A horse rain sheet must be waterproof and made of a durable rugged fabric. Why?
So many horses just love to roll in the mud, mostly even after a heavy rain downpour. Your horse rain sheet needs to withstand this moves as well as all kinds of horseplays.
A horse rain sheet should definitely be comfortable and allow all freedom of motions. Some come with special features such as gussets and high neck with shaped shoulders like the following model.
Even if you‘re late and it rained already on your horse, a great horse sheet should let the hair underneath dry easily and make your horse stay warm and cozy. I remember Csa Csa loved this feature very much.
Check out the different sizes and colors of the following horse rain sheet in order to find the right size for your horse.
Tough-1 Blanket Purple
- Heavy material strength 1200 Denier Poly
- Recommended for horses that may bite or chew on blanket
- Integrated double-buckle neck closure with loose comfortable fit
- 300g Polyfill provides medium/heavy warmth and protection from wind and rain
- 210 Denier Poly lining prevents rubbing and helps to keep the coat shiny
- Waterproof, coated outer shell with taped seams and seamless spine
Very durable as my horse will roll on the ground with the coat on occasionally. No snags, tears or even a sign of wear and it has been put to the test. Size is accurate using described measuring technique. The coat stays on and in place, no twisting or shifting even after he rolls it settles back in to proper position.
It fits beautifully. She wears it constantly and has yet to make a tear! She loves to run and play with the other horses, and this blanket doesn’t limit her movement. This blanket keeps her warm and dry which is a must in Georgia.
Love it! Keeps my boy warm and dry from his head to his toes.