Coolers & Fleeces

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Look around most indoor rings and you’ll see riders using a variety of fleeces, scrims and other garments as “coolers.” While they may all look fairly similar, different materials and styles can make a big difference in your horse’s comfort.

Think Fleece First

Fleece is the perfect material for keeping your horse comfy, cozy, and dry. Fleece coolers come in three common styles, each with a slightly different purpose.

Quarter Sheet

Best for: Riding
While it offers the least coverage, this cut has the advantage of being usable for your entire ride. Though it’s small, it still covers the major muscles in the back and hindquarters.

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Rambo Newmarket Fleece Quarter Sheet

 $94.95
(117 reviews)

SmartPak Fleece Dog Coat

 $29.95
(105 reviews)

Standard

Best for: Security
This style usually features a front buckle and surcingle, so it offers the most security if you want to leave it on your horse when he’s cooling out and drying in his stall.

SmartPak Fleece Cooler

 $69.95
(56 reviews)

Square

Best for: Unclipped horses
Offering the most coverage, this cut is ideal for horses with unclipped necks, which get sweaty during rides and need to cool out completely.

SmartPak Fleece Square Cooler

 $66.95
(12 reviews)

Similar, but Different

These two pieces of apparel are often used like coolers, but they actually have slightly different purposes.

Dress Sheet

Best for: Show days
Essentially a dressier version of a cooler, dress sheets are usually made from a more luxurious material, like wool.

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SmartPak Wool Dress Sheet

 $99.95 - $104.95
(6 reviews)

Anti-Sweat Sheet

Best for: Warmer weather
Made with an openweave cotton or polyester blend, the large holes facilitate increased airflow over the skin. Great after baths.

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Baker™ Irish Weave Anti-Sweat

 $104.95
(31 reviews)

Material World

Not all materials are created equal. Choose the one that’s best for you and your horse.
WOOL
Wool is extremely absorbent, but not as fast-drying as synthetics, so you don’t want to leave it on a sweaty horse too long in chilly weather. It does lock in body heat, so it’s great as a dress sheet.
COTTON
Soft and highly absorbent, cotton is great for facilitating drying in warmer weather. Since it soaks up a lot of the moisture itself, it’s not the best choice for winter rides.
FLEECE
Lightweight and highly breathable, fleece has the unique ability to retain its insulating properties even when wet. It also doesn’t absorb moisture, but instead wicks it away. This combination makes it ideal for cold weather riding.

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