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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

soggy pony

 I just wondered how you get yours dry?

If I take Rodney out somewhere new he hets really excited and sweaty. We have a fab time and come home happy but white and foamy. Despite the chilly weather I always then give him a good sponging, go over him with a swaet scraper then put him in a fleece for a couple of hours. He doesn't really seem to get dry though so he then goes into his turn out fug damp. Is this OK?

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charlotte90

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charlotte90 says:

Re: soggy pony

 What kind of fleece?? i used to put mine in a fleece after washing her down but all it seemed to do was soak up some and keep her wet! I then invested in a 'wicking rug' which is amazing!! my favourite rug i have ever bought! Might be worth looking at some! Thermatex is incredibly expensive but you can get cheaper versions! xxxx

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brook

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brook says:

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You could try thatching him, this is where you put a spare rug on him and push straw underneath and leave for an hour or two, then brush him off. It maybe a bit time consuming though ! We have sometimes had to turn our mare out a bit damp but it's never done her any harm and she's come in dry. If it's really cold you could always leave a fleece on under his turnout rug.

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

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Hmm the straw sounds messy and time consuming - he'd also probably keep trying to eat it! Will go for a wicking rug. Thanks. x

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

Re: soggy pony

Hmm the straw sounds messy and time consuming - he'd also probably keep trying to eat it! Will go for a wicking rug. Thanks. x

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: soggy pony

I have found you can't beat thatching them. It is really easy to do and it doesn't take long. It dries them quicker than any of the wicking type rugs i've ever tried. Plus you can turn him out with his rug on and know that he isn't going to catch a chill.

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lydiarose

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lydiarose says:

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 Go for a waffle weave rug because the moisture just sits on the top of a fleece. Found that waffle rugs work best (plus they're cheap!) and maybe invest in some stable bandages & gamgee for his legs because we always seem to forget about their legs! Imagine coming out of a bath, getting all nice and covered up but leave your legs wet and uncovered, then stand in a draughty room. Brr!

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: soggy pony

There's an article on wicking rugs in the new YH mag - they all seem incredibly expensive, I have to say !!

I think it depends on the fleece if that's what you're using - we had a Premier Equine one that did a brilliant job of wicking, and the whole point of wicking is that the sweat comes out as moisture on the top of the rug, taking it away from the skin, so I'm not quite sure what lydiarose means...?

My daughter is riding our new cob, Fate, this holidays, and as she's not fit but very keen, lol, she comes back really sweaty - she gets scraped off, has a couple of towels put over her while she's walked round a bit, then a summer sheet under a l/w turnout for a couple of hours, and she's dry. But she is what I'd call a warm horse, and seems to dry off very easily.

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: soggy pony

I invested in Thermatex rugs when they first came on the market a million years ago and they are still going strong.  Bit of a pain to wash as they are heavy but luckily we have a huge washing machine - they do the job well when the mares do get wet - more from rain than sweat - I know I can pop on the Thermatex rugs leave them in the stable and an hour later they will be dry and the wet has wicked away to the outer surface, the mares can then be rugged up into stable rugs and the Thermatex rugs dried.

TBH yes they are expensive but worth the investment, as I say I have had one of mine over 15 years or more and it still looks like new.  Also it was worth its weight in gold last winter when really cold, my TB was shivering in the stable in her amigo heavyweight, so I just popped the Thermatex under it, if she got too hot in the night the principal was the same and the moisture wicked away - only I had to dry 2 rugs in the morning!

I remember when we used to just use sweat sheets - do they still make them?

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lydiarose

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lydiarose says:

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greyandbay said:

the whole point of wicking is that the sweat comes out as moisture on the top of the rug, taking it away from the skin, so I'm not quite sure what lydiarose means...?



I just mean for where I live its no use because I need him to dry but also to stay warm, the water on the rug stays cold and he ends up getting a chill. Dunno if that explains it a wee bit better?

If you go for the waffle honeycomb things they're really cheap. If you type it into ebay prices for them start at £10 and they're great. YourHorse always seems to showcase the rugs that are overpriced?

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