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Posted 12/22/2014 2:27:45 PM
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I am looking to buy a sweat sheet for when Shadow gets stuck in the rain. I was looking at this one. I measured Shadow today for a measurement and she is a 62. The sweat sheet in the link has 66-70 which is the closes to her size. Should I get the one in the link or find another one?

I also have to buy a new bit since Shadow's last one was to small. I was looking at a happy mouth bit and I was wondering what you guys think about them. Are they any good? Are they good to train a green horse in?

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find another. if you get one that doesn't fit then it will rub her hair off in specific spots and will really irritate her. you'll have to find a pony one, which are usually pretty expensive compared to horse blankets.

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She's around 14.2hh, right? There's no way she's a 62. My guess is she's somewhere between a 66-72.

The bit depends on the horse. Happy Mouth snaffles are soft enough to be good for green horses if it's something they like to go in, but you can find a regular stainless steel snaffle for less money and it could do the job just as well.

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She's around 14.2hh, right? There's no way she's a 62. My guess is she's somewhere between a 66-72.

The bit depends on the horse. Happy Mouth snaffles are soft enough to be good for green horses if it's something they like to go in, but you can find a regular stainless steel snaffle for less money and it could do the job just as well.

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yup. She is 14hh.

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I've always had really bad luck measuring for sheets. I do it the way it shows in pictures, from the chest to the tail and I always get ridiculous numbers.

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Cindi is a QH/Arab and is extremely quick. We used a harder bit to make her slow down but it didn't work. My instructor pur her in a happy mouth and it worked great. Now she slows down when asked. The happy mouth worked well for her.

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#HereWeGo (12/22/2014)
She's around 14.2hh, right? There's no way she's a 62. My guess is she's somewhere between a 66-72.The bit depends on the horse. Happy Mouth snaffles are soft enough to be good for green horses if it's something they like to go in, but you can find a regular stainless steel snaffle for less money and it could do the job just as well.-Hannah
^yep i've seen much smaller ponies take a 62, I think ya got lost somewhere OP. Also with the happy mouths, if they chomp on the bit i've seen them get sharp edges pretty fast.

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Bri_anna (12/22/2014)
I've always had really bad luck measuring for sheets. I do it the way it shows in pictures, from the chest to the tail and I always get ridiculous numbers.
Its a lot easier if you use a sewing tape, have someone hold the horse AND hold the one end in the middle of the horses chest, and you go round to the middle of the tail. Never had that way come out weird?

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I will probably just end up getting a regular snaffle bit. I will also measure her again. I used a regular cloth tape.

I got another thing to ask. Shadow gets stuck out in the rain a lot and I just don't want her to get cold and sick, get rain rot, etc. Is there some sort of blanket I can get that is made for just keeping her dry while it is raining?

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[quote]shadower (12/24/2014)
I will probably just end up getting a regular snaffle bit. I will also measure her again. I used a regular cloth tape.

I got another thing to ask. Shadow gets stuck out in the rain a lot and I just don't want her to get cold and sick, get rain rot, etc. Is there some sort of blanket I can get that is made for just keeping her dry while it is raining?[/quote]

Use a rain sheet. I have just a super light one and it keeps my Arab dry but not hot in the summer.

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shadower (12/24/2014)
I got another thing to ask. Shadow gets stuck out in the rain a lot and I just don't want her to get cold and sick, get rain rot, etc. Is there some sort of blanket I can get that is made for just keeping her dry while it is raining?

A turnout sheet

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I measured her again yesterday from the middle of her chest to the middle of her tail and got 72in. Is that correct?

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Sounds a lot more correct than 62, Rosie's right around 14.2 and she's a 72 as well.



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I measured her again yesterday from the middle of her chest to the middle of her tail and got 72in. Is that correct?
I'd guess so, my rather compact 16hh tb is a 75

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I might get a turnout sheet or a sweat sheet. Shadow stands out in the rain and gets all wet but she is getting a shelter built today. She sometimes gets sweaty when I ride her. Should I get a turnout sheet or a sweat sheet? 

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I'd get a turnout sheet, because some sweat sheets aren't waterproof. I'd also bet that turnout sheets are more willing to withstand "horseplay" then a sweat sheet would.

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shadower (12/27/2014)
I might get a turnout sheet or a sweat sheet. Shadow stands out in the rain and gets all wet but she is getting a shelter built today. She sometimes gets sweaty when I ride her. Should I get a turnout sheet or a sweatsheet?

Get a sweatshirt/cooler to use after you ride her and to dry her off with. A sweatsheet shouldn't be used in the pasture. If you want something for her to wear while she is turned out, get a waterproof rain sheet or lightweight sheet. To be honest, I wouldn't even bother with the turnout sheet. You're in florida right? It won't get too cold there and if it's raining for a long time the sheet could get wet and maybe a little wet on the inside and that would cause her to get chilled an would be worse than not wearing anything at all. The best protection for a horse is it's natural coat. When you put a sheet or blanket on a horse, you are pressing the hairs down which is essentially taking away the horse's natural ability to stay warm and protect itself.

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[quote]shadower (12/27/2014)
I might get a turnout sheet or a sweat sheet. Shadow stands out in the rain and gets all wet but she is getting a shelter built today. She sometimes gets sweaty when I ride her. Should I get a turnout sheet or a sweatsheet?

Get a sweatshirt/cooler to use after you ride her and to dry her off with. A sweatsheet shouldn't be used in the pasture. If you want something for her to wear while she is turned out, get a waterproof rain sheet or lightweight sheet. To be honest, I wouldn't even bother with the turnout sheet. You're in florida right? It won't get too cold there and if it's raining for a long time the sheet could get wet and maybe a little wet on the inside and that would cause her to get chilled an would be worse than not wearing anything at all. The best protection for a horse is it's natural coat. When you put a sheet or blanket on a horse, you are pressing the hairs down which is essentially taking away the horse's natural ability to stay warm and protect itself.[/quote]

Exactly, as long as it is warm and she has shelter from the wind she should be fine.

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i agree with the two above. minor doesn't even have a shelter, he has trees lol. and even when it's raining he refuses to stand near the trees... just his hay and or grass. if you let her winter coat grow out (which won't be much at all for where you are) she should be fine.

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I might get a turnout sheet or a sweat sheet. Shadow stands out in the rain and gets all wet but she is getting a shelter built today. She sometimes gets sweaty when I ride her. Should I get a turnout sheet or a sweatsheet?

Get a sweatshirt/cooler to use after you ride her and to dry her off with. A sweatsheet shouldn't be used in the pasture. If you want something for her to wear while she is turned out, get a waterproof rain sheet or lightweight sheet. To be honest, I wouldn't even bother with the turnout sheet. You're in florida right? It won't get too cold there and if it's raining for a long time the sheet could get wet and maybe a little wet on the inside and that would cause her to get chilled an would be worse than not wearing anything at all. The best protection for a horse is it's natural coat. When you put a sheet or blanket on a horse, you are pressing the hairs down which is essentially taking away the horse's natural ability to stay warm and protect itself.
yes, I live in Florida. I was worried that the wind would get her chilled after her workout or bath. What is the difference between a cooler and a sweat sheet?

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