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Posted - 10/19/2013 :  09:45:21 AM  Show Profile Send appygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
At last, I think I will be able to get some winter riding in on Thunder. Shelby Trails in Shelby Co., Ky., has an indoor arena for $10/hour. I was thinking a couple of hours every week would be a good investment in keeping Thunder in shape and ready for a hopefully more eventful riding season in 2014!

I am pondering about the return trailer trip (30 minutes) after riding. Thunder will most likely be sweaty after working out, considering he will be in his full winter coat. How should I blanket him for the return trip to make sure he isn't getting chilled? My trailer is a stock type trailer that will have air blocks (of some type) on the side vents, but an open back. What are good materials to use for air blocks?


Man does not have the only memory,
The animals remember,
The earth remembers,
The stones remember,
If you know how to listen, they will tell you many things.
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Posted - 10/19/2013 :  10:25:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Arenadirt's Homepage Send Arenadirt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have an "open" two horse slant trailer too. When our horses get all sweated up in the winter I spend a lot of time brushing them out before loading. We have these warming sheets for the ride:

http://www.backontrackproducts.com/Horse-Products/Horse-Blankets/Therapeutic-Mesh-Sheet-p322.html br /

Rather pricey (our vet got them for us at cost) but the horses seem to stay quite comfortable. And cheaper than buying a closed-in trailer...

"There is something about the outside of a horse...that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill~
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