Horse Clothing 101
Paddock Sheet: Lightweight sheet designed to keep a horse warm or clean. Temperatures 40° to 50°.
Anti-sweat Sheet: Traditionally made of loosely crocheted cotton, it is used to absorb moisture, after bathing or exercise. Used primarily in cooler weather to prevent chills.
Fly Sheet (scrim): A light weight fine mesh sheet.
Rain Sheet: A waterproof cover to keep a horse dry, between classes at shows.
Coolers: A large square blanket that is draped over a hot sweaty horse or one that has just had a bath. Generally made of wool or fleece, it’s purpose is to allow air circulation for drying but slowly to prevent a horse from chilling. Can be used with the anti-sweat sheet which is removed when it becomes wet.
Dress Sheet: A show sheet made of the same type fabric as the cooler with adornments and shapelier. Used at shows in cooler weather to prevent a sweaty horse from cooling too quickly or used at ring side to keep muscles warm.
If there is a question, it’s always best to ask your trainer.