Chill Down

How do you safely cool your horse out during the winter months?
(Choose the top two)

Hand-walk, hot walker or ride at walk until dry
Stand in cooler
Towel dry
Under heat lamps in grooming area
Try not to let him build up a sweat
Other (please explain below)

Total votes cast: 853

Comments & Write-in Answers

a nice shower, a good cooler, and about 20 min. of hand-walking or hot walker for my racehorse

2/20/2012 9:53:03 PM

i also put a cooler on after toweling

2/20/2012 7:45:35 PM

Hand walk while wearing a cooler

2/20/2012 5:43:21 PM

wash off well and then dry as quickly as possible , using walker/cooler/ towels

2/20/2012 4:06:27 PM

Put cooler on him until sweat dries

2/19/2012 10:19:11 PM

i love horses and i teach horeses from the wild

2/19/2012 9:05:06 PM

If he is sweaty, hand-walk or hot walker with a cooler or sheet on to prevent chilling until dry.

2/19/2012 10:24:16 AM

In Arizona it does not take long for a horse to dry down. A sow walk back to the barn is usually sn

2/18/2012 11:53:15 PM

Clip his neck and belly. Walk him out. Towel dry and or a cooler

2/17/2012 8:15:58 PM

I try not to work my horse too much in the winter

2/17/2012 2:36:33 PM

walk out 5 min, rub down, then lightweight blanket, walkout

2/17/2012 11:57:42 AM

I hand walk with saddle on for a bit then take saddle off and walk till they are cool to the touch .

2/17/2012 11:30:28 AM

We keep ours under lights and blankets-short coat year-round

2/16/2012 4:59:33 PM

Have a cool down period at the end of exercise, and clip the horse to reduce sweating

2/16/2012 4:55:24 PM

Live in FL - Usually hose down seldom gets too sweaty

2/16/2012 2:08:43 PM

Walk him with qtr sheet until cool

2/16/2012 11:03:29 AM

If the horse is very sweaty, I will spray sweaty areas with rubbing alcohol and rub dry with towel

2/16/2012 11:00:18 AM

combination of cooler and hand-walking as appropriate

2/16/2012 10:40:49 AM

I use a blow dryer(several of them purchased)

2/16/2012 8:13:20 AM

Have to shave/blanket in CA (too warm so horse sweats)

2/15/2012 11:59:16 PM

brush against the hair to help him dry quicker, put on a light blanket,esp if trailering

2/15/2012 11:56:11 PM


2/15/2012 9:41:15 PM

I walk them until breathing normally and cooled off then put them in stall with cooler until dry.

2/15/2012 8:04:44 PM

combination of riding at walk, stand in cooler and body clipping

2/15/2012 7:55:46 PM

I don't ride him to a sweat--he needs his energy to keep warm. In winter, we just have fund.

2/15/2012 7:13:13 PM

let him roll in the dirt

2/15/2012 7:09:10 PM

towel dry after walked until cool.

2/15/2012 6:55:11 PM

Depends on whether they are clipped or not, walk until dry at the skin if they aren't clipped,

2/15/2012 6:15:10 PM

I do alot of toweling in the winter, and I also keep a small blower ready if needed.

2/15/2012 5:29:29 PM

Ride at a walk until cool then turnout.

2/15/2012 5:02:59 PM

hand walk with a cooler on

2/15/2012 3:12:46 PM

Shower them with cool water and allow them to graze until dry.

2/15/2012 3:04:00 PM

Curry slightly against hair nap and then vigorously brush until dry, then a cozy turnout/blanket.

2/15/2012 2:30:04 PM

Wipe down with a dry towel, cover with a heavy cooler and let stand in a semi heated draft free area

2/15/2012 12:20:42 PM

Put on wool cooler while towel drying...replace damp cooler with dry one, continue grooming until dr

2/15/2012 12:18:23 PM

Walk to cool out and then let stand in stall with a fitted polar fleece sheet until dry

2/15/2012 11:37:53 AM

turn out in cooler until dry then groom and blanket

2/15/2012 9:32:49 AM

Ride at walk until breathing is normal, then groom

2/15/2012 7:17:38 AM

Please only rasp from the bottom, never outside hoof wall! Mustang Roll! Balance and short toe.

2/15/2012 4:48:42 AM

Mild winter here in AZ, walk last few minutes of workout, then let him roll in shavings is enough

2/15/2012 12:33:10 AM

My Minis do not do much driving in cold temps

2/14/2012 10:18:30 PM

Walk under tack until breathing normal + a few minutes longer, then stall in cooler until dry.

2/14/2012 9:44:17 PM

Blanket plus lights keep hair short

2/14/2012 7:58:56 PM

use fleece cooler and hand walk

2/14/2012 7:28:59 PM

Keep them out of draft and spray with warm water to remove sweat an the cover with cooler

2/14/2012 7:21:42 PM

I turn mine out so they can roll. It dries them out quicker.

2/14/2012 7:13:50 PM

Hair dryer

2/14/2012 6:27:09 PM

I don't clip. Hand walk with wool cooler; wool wicks the wet away faster than without a cooler

2/14/2012 6:21:46 PM

Good 'ol fashioned blow dryer

2/14/2012 6:10:20 PM

file when needed as if were your nails ,,

2/14/2012 6:10:11 PM

Clean, clean and clean. Moisturize coronet & heels in dry weather. Avoid wet/dry changes.

2/14/2012 6:04:38 PM

Don't ride as much as I do in the summer so its not too problematic

2/14/2012 6:04:19 PM

Longer slower work so less chance of sweating and wlak to cool out

2/14/2012 4:25:01 PM

Walk to cool and dry.

2/14/2012 3:55:15 PM

try not to let get overly hot and then work lightly, walk til dry

2/14/2012 3:54:29 PM

brush and put in trailer or stall to dry after normal cool down

2/14/2012 3:40:26 PM

senior feed. regular farrier, as needed brush on conditioner

2/14/2012 3:40:18 PM

Walk the last mile home or walk 15mins after schooling.

2/14/2012 3:25:35 PM

don't ride that hard in winter to make them sweat

2/14/2012 3:20:44 PM

Walk the horse with cooler on

2/14/2012 3:16:49 PM


2/14/2012 3:12:28 PM

Go barefoot ! A hand wood-rasp is useful for rounding off the hoof edges - shown to me by a farrier.

2/14/2012 2:23:35 PM

Body or trace clipping to help key areas stay sweat free

2/14/2012 1:28:23 PM

I trace clip my Fjord (he gets really hairy) and blanket him

2/14/2012 11:55:49 AM

Clean them every night to find stones and catch problems before they begin (thrush, bruises, wounds.

2/14/2012 10:38:26 AM

I put a cooler on him while I am putting stuff away and then blow dry whats still damp.

2/14/2012 10:27:32 AM

He's clipped which helps prevent him from sweating.

2/14/2012 9:17:55 AM