What is a cooler?

What Is A Cooler?

What is a Cooler?

A Cooler is a necessary addition to your horse’s wardrobe. Highly absorbent, it’ll keep your horse warm and comfortable after particularly hard, sweaty workouts. Designed to wick away any moisture on the surface of the skin, they leave the coat dry, preventing your horse from catching a chill.

Able to be used all year round, this versatile rug needs to fit snugly around your horse’s midsection so that it can do the job it’s been designed to do.

When should I use a Cooler?

Most riders tend to use Coolers in the summer, after a bath or after exercise when your horse may need some help drying off. Coolers are often used to travel horses in, to ensure that they stay cool. However, a fleece cooler can also be used in cooler temperatures, after a long, hard hack, to ensure that your horse stays warm and free of sweat at the same time.

What types of Cooler are there?

There are a few different types of Coolers. So, you need to know a bit about each of them in order to choose the right one. 

Mesh Cooler: this is made of a tightly woven mesh fabric. The construction of these absorbent coolers allows them to wick moisture away from the skin much faster, absorbing sweat or water from a bath into the fabric and efficiently dispersing it over a wider area to lessen drying time. At first glance, a Mesh Cooler appears to be a bit pricey, but the fibres that these high-quality coolers are made of is resistant to clogging with hair, dirt and debris, allowing them to stay clean and functional for much longer than other horse coolers.

Mark Todd Mesh Cooler

Some Mesh Coolers have a fleece section that runs along the back, with the mesh panels in the lower section of the rug. This keeps the back and loin areas warm, while moisture on the chest and flanks can still be wicked away. These are ideal for particularly chilly temperatures in spring and autumn.

JHL Essential Fleece Mesh Rug

Scrim Cooler: this is a type of Mesh Cooler and usually has both solid and mesh panels. This is a great choice to keep your horse clean and cool ringside.

Weatherbeeta Scrim Cooler Standard Neck Sheet

Fleece Cooler: A basic fleece cooler is the best value you can get. Made entirely of a cosy fleece fabric, it quickly wicks moisture away from the skin. When you want your horse or pony to look his best at the ringside, these coolers come in a stunning range of colours. For a little bit of the “WOW” factor, look out for a Fleece Cooler that has a decorative, braided tail cord.

As these Coolers tend to be used in cooler temperatures, complete cover is available in some designs, with a neck cover that extends beyond the neck and over the poll.

Show Cooler

A Show Cooler is, as its name suggests, a cooler to be used at shows. Often, these are more decorated than their functional counterparts. 

Rambo Diamanté Cooler

Which type of Cooler should I use?

The type of cooler you need to use is partly down to personal preference, combined with the needs of your horse.

What other features do Coolers have?

Given their purpose, Coolers don’t need lots of fancy features, so the list is pretty basic, i.e. a single surcingle chest front closure, a hidden adjustable belly surcingle, a fleece wither pad, and a fillet string.

No matter what the size of your equine companion, or if you ride him at a fancy show or just around the field, EQUUS has a Cooler that's perfect for your needs.

Take a look at our collection of horse coolers here.

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Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

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