Each month, we select 5 horse care products and put them to the test in a side-by-side competition. We select 3 Expert Equestrians, among various disciplines, to rate and review each of the products based on specific criteria. We then post the judges' cards and the winning lineup below, to help you find the perfect products for your horse. A percentage of the proceeds of the categories reviewed will be given to the charities that our experts have chosen to represent.
We have posted each of our experts scores and critiques, so you can get all the details about these products and how they stack up to the competition.
Area of Expertise: Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding, Halter, Hunter Pleasure Location: Fulton, MO Accolades: 25x National and World Championships, Open Congress Championships, Professor and Director of the School of Equestrian Studies at William Woods University, Co-Coach of the WWU Intercollegiate Judging Team Jennie’s journey with horses began when she managed to slip away from her parents at a silent auction fundraiser and bid on a riding lesson when she was just 10 years old. She remembers standing at the table scaring people off so she would win. Thankfully, the end result was her first lesson with a wonderful hunter/jumper instructor. She built a solid foundation that was just as much about horsemanship on the ground as equitation in the saddle. Jennie’s family moved to Oregon when she was just starting high school, and there she started riding western and joined 4H. Jennie started to get the teaching and training bug and ended up at William Woods University, a private University renowned for its Equestrian-Science program and its 300+ horses, to earn her first degree. She owned and operated Spring Creek Stables, a private training and lesson barn outside of Boise, Idaho for almost ten years before the opportunity to come back to WWU presented itself. With over 35 years of competitions under her belt, she is still just as excited to show every time she enters the arena. Jennie is currently the Professor and Director of the School of Equestrian Studies at William Woods University. She has been a faculty member at WWU since 2005, and teaches courses such as: Western Industry Topics course, Applied Western Riding, Equine Evaluation, and both freshman and senior Equestrian Seminar courses. She is the Co-Coach of the WWU Intercollegiate Judging Team, and is a WWU Honors Committee member. Jennie has coached and trained multiple amateurs, youth and horses to world, national and congress championships in multiple breeds and disciplines. She has earned over 25 national or world championships, along with reserve championships and congress titles in open competition. These have been with multiple breed organizations and disciplines (western pleasure, ranch riding, halter, hunter under saddle, hunter pleasure to name a few) She had the great pleasure of campaigning WWU owned Jazzy San Pep in 2018-19 at the major pinto shows, earning multiple championships in the ranch division and a Horse of Year award for 2019. Another horse, HF Minuette picked up two more PtHA World Championships in 2019 to bring her total to 12 World Champion titles. Jennie promotes showing multiple breeds and disciplines-- using the variety to challenge and improve both the horses and herself. She has a personal goal to add a new division or event to her belt every year. She says you are never too old to learn something new!
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Area of Expertise: Saddlebred Horses Location: Adell, Wisconsin Accolades: Owns and Trains at Hanrahan Stables LLC, Bachelor's in Equestrian Science, ASHBA Open Pleasure Driving National Championship Brandi has been a part of the horse world for almost 30 years. She began her riding career at a local Saddlebred farm in Syracuse NY under the direction of Denise Vespa. Later, she attended William Woods University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Equestrian Science. Brandi has worked for some of the best Saddlebred farms and trainers in the country, some of which include Melissa Moore of Sunrise Stables, Burt Honaker, Mike Brannon, and Don Mace at Callaway Hills Stables. About 13 years ago, Brandi and her husband, Jimmy, began their own family-owned and operated American Saddlebred training and lesson facility called Hanrahan Stables LLC in South Eastern Wisconsin. Most recently their team won the ASHBA Open Pleasure Driving National Championship and Brandi has begun her journey to obtain my USEF official judges license.
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Area of Expertise: Appaloosa Breed Location: Griswold, Connecticut Accolades: 60+ World and National Titles, 12 yr ApHC Judge - World Judge + European Judge Melissa has been training horses for close to 30 years professionally. She has trained all the major stock breeds including Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, Paints, and Pintos. Beyond her training career, Melissa has been a carded ApHC judge for 12 years. She has had the opportunity to judge and show at both the ApHC World Show and the ApHC National/Youth World Show. She has also judged the Reichert Celebration and the ApHC European Show in England. Between her personal winnings and those of her clients, they have won a collective of well over 100 world and national titles in all-around and pleasure events. Melissa recently added ranch events into her training regiment, and she loves it so much it has become one of her specialties.
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Horse coolers are great to use after baths or heavy exercise during the cooler months. They can prevent your horse from catching a chill or cooling too quickly while drying off, by quickly wicking the water or sweat while still offering a bit of protection and warmth from the cool temperatures. Coolers are especially beneficial for horses that are clipped and have no winter coat.
Each of our experts has selected their favorite charity to represent. A percentage of the proceeds of our bell boots will go to each charity at the end of the month. Click on each charity logo to learn more about them.
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization: with nearly 5 million athletes in more than 170 countries -- 16,900 of them here in Missouri. We are also a global social movement. With initiatives to activate youth, engage kids with intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of our athletes - we're changing the game for people young and old and asking you to be a part of it all. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. For 50 years, Special Olympics has been spreading the message: people with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance. With training and competitions in 16 Olympic-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder. They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again. From the local ballfields to the shining stage of the World Games, from swimming to skiing, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Horse coolers are an essential piece of your horse blanket wardrobe for wet and chilly days. Horses struggle to regulate their body temperature when wet, and a moisture-wicking fleece cooler helps keep your horse warm while he dries.
Keep reading to learn more about the best coolers for horses and check out reviews of best-selling cooler blankets from this edition of Corro Top Rated: Horse Coolers.
Horses owners typically use coolers on sweaty horses to help them cool out after work or dry after baths during the winter. If your horse gets stuck in the rain on a cold day, a cooler can also help them warm up when they come inside.
These blankets aren't designed for outdoor use since they aren't waterproof, but you can use softfleece coolers on extra cold days as a breathable blanket liner. Other coolers may double as dress sheets and quarter sheets for trailering and horse shows but beware of polar fleece picking up shavings if you leave a cooler sheet on your horse in his stall.
The best horse cooler uses thick material to keep your horse warm without compromising breathability. High-quality deluxe fleece is usually the best option for helping your horse cool out after work. Moisture-wicking properties in this material help top coolers wick sweat and water away from your horse's coat to allow him to dry faster.
Removable surcingles are also ideal for coolers. This option allows you to safely leave the cooler on your horse while he dries or remove the straps for use while riding. Leg straps are generally not necessary.
Here are our reviews of the best horse coolers featured in Corro Top Rated: Horse Coolers.
This fleece blanket from Back on Track won the Corro Top Rated blue ribbon thanks to its quality design, durable material, and therapeutic properties. Although other brands may offer faster drying properties, this cooler's therapeutic Welltex fabric is ideal for warming-up muscles before a ride and soothing them after.
Weatherbeeta came second with a score of 22/25. This fleece horse cooler's anti-static material is easier to keep clean than other brands that attract dust, shavings, and hay. In addition, the fleece neck cover piece prevents wither rubs, and adjustable closures enable a custom fit.
This combo neck fleece cooler is an excellent option for equestrians in colder climates who want to provide their horse with extra coverage while drying. The stretchy fabric has no static cling and dries even faster than traditional fleece fabric.
Rambo offers this cooler in a technical fabric that wicks moisture without excess warmth in mild conditions. The anti-sweat blanket is ideal for traveling or keeping your horse comfortable and clean in his stall at competitions.
This high-quality cooler offers excellent value and effectiveness in a lightweight and breathable design. The classic cut is stylish enough for shows, and detachable surcingles enhance functionality. Unlike traditional fleece coolers, this blanket wicks moisture without attracting shavings.
Our top-rated horse coolers combine effective moisture-wicking propertied with soft materials that keep your horse warm and dry on chilly days. Shop all horse coolers at Corro and checkout other editions of Corro Top Rated for more best-in-class stable supplies.
What is a horse cooler used for?
Horse owners use horse coolers to dry sweaty horses after cold-weather rides or speed up drying after a bath on chilly days. Coolers are also used to keep horses warm while tacking up and can double as breathable blanket liners under turnout blankets.
Can you leave a cooler on a horse overnight?
You should remove a cooler as soon as the horse is dry to allow the cooler to dry out before the next use. If your horse is no longer wet but still requires a blanket, replace the cooler with a stable blanket or sheet.
Does a cooler keep a horse warm?
A cooler helps keep a horse warm while drying or preparing to work. However, stable blankets and turnout blankets are better options for long-term use.
How long does it take for a cooler to dry a horse?
You will need to leave a cooler on your horse for however long he takes to dry off. This can vary significantly depending on how damp your horse is, his coat length, and the cooler's moisture-wicking ability. Horses with long coats will take much longer to dry off and will need to wear coolers for more extended periods.
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