[RC] drying a wet/cold horse - Andrea Day
The ABSOLUTE BEST thing IMHO for drying a wet horse is to throw a cheapo
pure wool ugly green army blanket on under a regular heavy blanket. (and you
can afford two!)Wool will soak up the water out of their coat, then it can
be pulled and hung, and a second cheapo wool army blanket put on if
necesary. The wool keeps them warm while they're drying. I'd always heard
straw stuffed under a blanket, but haven't had much success as the horses
keep shivering if they're cold to begin with, until they finally dry. Polar
fleece doesn't seem to work quite as well for me--guess I'm low tech. And a
mesh cooler under a blanket doesn't seem to work as fast as the wool to wick
up the water and dry them out. I've ridden hard in late winter afternoon,
and been lazy and left the blanket on till very late at night, gone out, and
the horse has been still damp but very toasty. The next morning, horse and
blanket were dry.
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