I am very impressed with how the Cool Heat blankets work. The action of the rugs is "great". As with any new product I was not sure how effective they would be and if they would do everything the manufacturer said they would do but I am now very convinced and glad I took the punt buying blankets for both my horses and just want to pass my comments onto you. I've put them on wet during a storm, and Jedda went from shivering to warm in 5 minutes, I could feel the layer of trapped warm air between her and the rug, but when I checked a few hours later she was dry, the rug was dry, but she wasn't clammy or overhot. I use them only when it's wet and windy and cold, and because their coats have stayed effective they're perfectly ok unrugged if it's only cold, they are for me a good 'shed substitute'. Jedda found the rug a bit scary at first, I think the bumps bothered her, but she is hypersensitive let's face it, and she's fine with it now, Belle took it in her stride from the start.
As a race horse trainer we work so many horses each morning that after they are washed down it is very difficult to let them all dry adequately before they are rugged and returned to their yard or stable . The Cool Heat blankets allow the horses to use their own body heat to dry themselves effectively which prevents many problems such as cramps , stiffness and skin conditions which are common with using all the regular rugs under these conditions I have also eliminated the need to double rug my horses as one rug keeps a horse at a very comfortable temperature which saves a lot of valuable time. I am very impressed with this product
Thought I would drop you a line to let you know how my two thoroughbreds are doing in their Cool Heat Covers. I had actually bought well known top of the range heavy winter covers for my two at the start of Autumn. They were gorgeous fabric and really stylish - unfortunately ... from a human viewpoint, not an equine viewpoint. So, I put them on the horses and, yep, they looked real flash. However, I realised the error of my ways and only had them on for one night. I was worried that they were keeping them warm at night but then would be making them far too hot in the day time - and I'm not in a position to pop out and change covers every 20 minutes or so. Then I read about the Cool Heat covers. I promptly sold my conventional covers and bought Cool Heat covers with the proceeds. I have to say that we will never look back. The last week in Auckland has seen four seasons in one day, about 10 times over each day. We have gone from 16 degrees sunny though 2 degrees at night, constant steady rain, very heavy and frequent squalls of rain and hailstones, gale force winds and now we just have cold and clear. Throughout all of this my two have had their Cool Heat Covers on and have been checked at various times of the day and night. They are always lukewarm to the touch and nice and dry. I have two old winter covers which I will keep in the unlikely event that we get more than two nights in a row down to zero, but otherwise I won't be using "conventional" horse covers. It seems to me that the Cool Heat Covers are exactly what many of us have been looking for: something that keeps the horses dry whilst ALLOWING THEM to maintain their appropriate temperature, as opposed to being heavily swaddled 24/7. At last, a much, much healthier option for the horses. I have attached a couple of pictures...no modelling advert shots here...just the real Macdonald, mud and all. In the photo is Seb and Ruby in their Cool Heat blankets
I decided to try the rugs for two different situations. I have a warmblood stallion who I usually double rug over winter but taking off and putting on rugs takes up too much time as I have twenty other horses to take care of as well as being a riding instructor. I am very impressed with how the Cool Heat blanket keeps him at a comfortable temperature and he has not become all woolly as I thought may happen being just a single rug. He is very happy in his new coat and it saves me a lot of time and effort especially as the weather changes here so often. The other horse I have rugged in a Cool Heat is a big Clydie cross who has a very thick coat that I use for beginner riders and as a result of being rugged he became very itchy and wanted to rub against anything he could find in his paddock. This caused him to regularly rip his rugs. I got him a Cool Heat to try and I am thrilled his skin condition has totally reversed itself and he has completely stopped trying to scratch himself and is now very comfortable being rugged. I am impressed in how the Cool Heat blankets work and so are my horses
I have been using the Cool Heat cover on my Holstein mare for over a month now and I can only wonder why nobody has ever thought of this wonderful idea before. All types of cover, even lightweight breathable summer covers have been a problem for my horse with heavy sweating and general discomfort and irritability when she is hot. Since wearing the Cool Heat she is much happier and even on a warm afternoon of 20 degrees, although she was warm, was not sweating and is definitely much better tempered when wearing a cover. She is a big shouldered horse and I was very impressed with the fit. We have not encountered any rubs, which were a problem before because of her shape. I can thoroughly recommend them and having trialed it on my 'problem' horse will be changing over all of my covers to the Cool Heat for my other horses.
Having been involved with horses for over 50 years I have used many many products. I can honestly say these Cool Heat blankets are the best rugs I have used by a long way for a number of reasons. Over here in Western Australia we get very cold nights and mornings over the winter months and because I don't like to stable my horses over recent years I have been double rugging my horses but as everybody knows it is time consuming and limits their movement. I decided to try one of the Cool Heat blankets on my polocrosse mare Dabchick and I have to say I am very impressed for a number of reasons. Using just the one rug my mare stays at a very comfortable temperature so I now totally believe what the manufacturers say about this rug . It also has a far superior fit than all the other rugs I have tried over the years. Previously I would be continually having to straighten Dabchicks rugs which always slipped when she rolled or cantered around but the Cool Heat has never ever moved. They fit beautifully. These rugs have solved a number of problems so I highly recommend them. In the photo is Australia wide travelled champion Polocrosse mare Dabchick wearing her Cool Heat blanket
I purchased a Cool Heat blanket and thought i would let you know what i think. I am absolutely thrilled with the fit of the rug, i especially like the way it sits above the wither and along the spine, therefore not putting pressure on the wither etc. Even after rolling and running around the rug stays in place, and doesn't tighten up in the front like others i have tried do. I also found the rug to be really smart looking, and good quality also. I think the concept is a really great one, i love to keep my horse as natural as possible even though the weather is quite extreme in winter where i live, so this rug suits me down to the ground . I have noticed that even when it was snowing my horse stayed comfortable, and didn't feel cold under the rug. One more thing, the velcro on the front being horizontal instead of vertical (like all other rugs) is much better as it doesn't pull apart as it normally does. Thanks for a great product, i love it!!!!
"I bought a rug from Valley Country and love it so I want to buy another one for another horse. Its a rug you have when you don't want to rug but still want to ride. Great concept and it works !!". Thanks
After seeing the advertisement I thought the Cool Heat rugs looked like a great idea. When they arrived at my store I was very sceptical how it all worked. I decided it was best to try one out on one of my own horses first so I could give my customers feedback. Well I was very impressed how the rug fitted, especially around the neck line and they have a nice big tail flap. Would it work ? The big test was on my horse who wore it 24/7. I am able to put the rug on after being worked and he can cool down without getting chilled. After a 50mm downpour of rain the horse was completely dry and warm with no sweat marks on his body and no sweaty smelly rug. This horse has been wearing the Cool Heat now for four months and I would not hestitate in recommending this rug to any horse owner. It has been very worthwhile for me stocking this type of rug and my customers are happy. If any horse owner would like to contact me regarding the Cool Heat blankets feel free to contact me at the Bairnsdale Horse Centre on 03 51530808
Since using the Cool Heat I can now appreciate how a horses natural heating mechanism works and it is a big advantage being able to take the rug off and then put it back on when my horse is wet and covered with dirt - Fantastic !!. Will certainly be buying one for my other horse. It is so simple only needing one rug all winter and even my husband can cope with the new regime.
Just got the rug and love it. Exremely happy with it. Its been raining and really cold over here in the UK so Ive been able to really put it to the test. The first night I put it on it rained all night and was freezing but Brixton was warm and totally dry. It also fits perfectly. Certainly worth the wait. Thanks again for a brilliant product and it will save me a fortune on rugs !! In the photo is Brixton wearing his Cool Heat
We are still really pleased with the rugs. Jd (the chestnut cob) and Dot (a warmblood) live out 24/7 through the winter (except when it is really vile.) So far the macs (our name for the rugs - 'mac' is an old fashioned word for a human rain coat!) have coped brilliantly with a really variable autumn - freezing one minute and warm but wet and windy the next. We haven't had to keep changing rugs every five minutes as per usual. An unexpected effect has been to harden the horses off and make them tougher without them getting cold so my gorgeous warmblood now has the fluffy coat of a pony!! I have low trace clipped them which doesn't appear to have affected them adversely at all. Also you seem to have got the cut just right when you bear in mind that the same size fits a 15.1 chunky cob and 16.1 fine warmblood. I'm recommending the rugs to everyone.
To rug or not to rug? This rug is the answer to the dilemma! I've always preferred to keep my horse rugless to allow his natural body temperature mechanism the chance to work properly but I live in an area of clay soil and frankly I don't have the time to groom my horse thoroughly of the sticky mud every time I want to ride. This rug gives him (and me) the best of both worlds! I decided to buy this rug (it was recommended by a cyber-friend!), when I was standing in a muddy field, removing medium weight rug from the cold night before and debating with myself whether to put a lightweight rug on for the day or not - it was a bright sunny morning, quite warm in the sun, but rain was forecast for later in the day and the field was very muddy.... no such worries any more with this rug!! I am very pleased with the quality of the fabric and the fit of the rug - always a bit of a concern when buying from so far away! Cal is happy wearing it both in the field and in his stable - every time I have checked him he's been just a perfect temperature.! Thanks!
I am one of Geri Lambert's friends (Brighton , England) and the recipient of one of the five rugs she bought from you on our behalf. The temperature here has been fairly extreme and is currently - 5 degrees C and will probably reach - 7 through the night so they are wearing them at the moment as I only rug the horses in extreme weather. We find that the rugs are perfect for when it is either really cold or wet and windy, at other times we don't rug at all. Each time they wear them they are always a perfect temperature and we never have to worry about whether or not we have made the right decision. Last night it was very cold here in Brighton, at least - 7 degrees C and this morning they were exactly the right temperature and very happy. Feel free to use my comments on your site Thanks so much
Western Washington seems to be out of the arctic deep freeze. My 25+-year-old QH Fred did great in his Cool Heat Blanket during this miserable three weeks of weather, with lows in the single digits F. and highs often in the teens and 20s (with two feet of snow, sometimes rain, and wind thrown in). [Photo] Fred is on the left happy and snug in his Cool Heat while the other two horses are wearing their heavy Doona style rugs. Fred has been wearing his blanket 24/7, at night in the stall and in the day during turnout. With the blanket on, he never heads to the run-in shelters to get out of the rain, which I particularly like as I want him to move around and run with the other younger geldings. He also is happy to roll in it, and our farrier said "every time he rolls he gets a massage!" And it's true that when I put my hand under it, it feels cool to lukewarm.Tonight when I groomed Fred, I noticed he seemed to have put on a little weight during this cold spell, so clearly he is not expending extra energy to stay warm while wearing his Cool Heat (and his feed is going to be cut back a bit). Since he already had a good winter coat, I like the fact that the blanket allows him to fluff up to stay warm. Another horse at this barn, around 20 years old, was heavily blanketed his whole life and now does not seem capable of producing a winter coat at all. He, like the other horses there, wears regular heavy "doona" blankets. Some were double-blanketed during the worst of our recent weather. But they seem no warmer than Fred does. All in all, I'm thrilled with my Cool Heat blankets. Every horse should have one!
I had never rugged my horse before last winter when he got sick and needed a rug. Nonetheless I found him shivering with his regular rug on -and he still had his winter coat! So I bought a warmer rug, it did help the issue a little but the horse was still shivering on some occasions when heavy rain was falling for days. I was again convinced rugs are not really working - but on the other hand I had a horse that did need a rug. Summer came and we were able to let go of rugs for a while. Around the beginning of September it started raining again. Though the weather didn't get much colder my horse started to shiver again and needed a rug. He felt notably better with the rug but he also did get a bit cranky when the sun came out again and it started to become to warm under his blanket. Just at that time I got to know the Cool Heat blanket. I put it on the horse and watched closely. The insulators seemed to be a new sensation and the immediate response was to go over to the softer ground and roll. After the initial roll - that took longer than usual my horse got up and went about the place quite normally. In the following days I observed no change in mood whether the sun shone or not. I was most concerned that he'd now again start to shiver when rain and wind set it. But he didn't. It's been a few months now and he is still wearing the same blanket - and now it's freezing cold outside and winds are going. My horse is happier than ever and doesn't mind any weather changes. I don't either -it's so nice to know my horse is feeling just fine no matter what the weather is about to do and I don't feel guilty if for once I'm not around to get his blanket off if the sun comes out. I found it interesting to see how the hairs really are allowed to work underneath that blanket. And how there seem to be areas where my horse tends to need more warmth than in others and therefore in some places the coat is standing very upright when in others it's lying a bit flatter. And the fact that the horse can dry safely underneath the blanket is a big plus as my horse is living outside 24/7. Put the blanket on the wet horse and within a few hours it will be nice and dry. In short: It's cool stuff! All the best
We experienced a good amount of snow in Sussex this winter, more than we have had in many many years. Both our boys coped extremely well in these conditions, bearing in mind they do not have any shelter from the elements except from the Cool Heat rugs. These rugs always keep our boys at the optimum temperature and they really have made our winter so much easier. We only put them on in extreme weather conditions since we are quite hardened to the modern day attitude of rugging at the slightest bit of rain or drop in weather.
We have also found that they have the added benefit of being self grooming rugs! After a good ride, our boys like nothing more than to have a good roll (as they are not clipped and are still worked). They cake themselves with mud and after having the rug on overnight (only if the weather insists) we have nice clean ponies they next day!!!!
I bought a Cool-Heat rug from Marlborough Park in S.A. a few months ago , as now we have extra daylight saving, it is still hot when I yard my horse at night but can still get quite cold later.Then winter came and we are now having the first real winter we have had in many years. Quilted rugs on, off when the sun comes out, now it's raining, then it's frosty. He had his Cool-Heat on one day when it wasn't too cold but was wet. That evening it was still quite warm so I left it on, and of course that night we had a frost. I made a point of going and letting him out early that morning so I could see if he was warm enough. Yes he was. I left it on and checked him during the day when the sun came out and he wasn't too hot either. He is an Appaloosa/Warmblood and does tend towards being too hot rather than cold. Quilted rugs are far too hot for him on a sunny day. He now has his Cool-Heat on all the time. My life is so much easier and it is such a good fit. Thanks for such a great product.
"The Cool Heat rug is the best investment I have ever made!. My horse is happy and I don't have the worry about what rug I am going to put on. I have sold all my other rugs and invested in another Cool Heat. From now on I will only ever use Cool Heat rugs on my horses"
Thank you for creating such a wonderful horse rug! At the beginning of this winter I needed to rug my 23 yr old retired eventer/dressage horse "Dougall". I wanted a rug system that meant he wasn't going to be too cold on the cold days - or too hot on the warm ones. And it needed to protect him during a wide range of temperatures: during winter here at Bective we can go from minus 6 degrees, then up to 18 degrees in a 12 hr period. I looked at rugs that had under rugs and over rugs, and at 3 in 1 type rugs. My partner then suggested "What about that rug that was on the 'New Inventors' show?". I found the website and read the testimonials - but I was still skeptical: How could one rug - and one without any fill in it - keep my lovely old horse sheltered from the elements and prevent him from using valuable energy trying to keep himself warm? Despite these misgivings, I went ahead and bought a Cool Heat Rug from Valley Country - and now, after my observations during winter - I am a Cool Heat Rug convert! I checked 'Dougall' in all temperatures from minus 6 degrees to 15 degrees - and he was always a comfortable temperature underneath. The rug fitted really well - no slippage at all, no rub marks, and it kept him dry during our (far too infrequent) downpours. Thank you for helping to make my lovely old horses winter much more comfortable than it would have been. I recommend this rug to anyone who wants to make their horses winter more comfortable. You also get the added bonuses of 1) spending less money on buying multiple rugs, and 2) spending less time changing rugs to suit the varying temperature.
I started using the Cool Heat blankets as a trial initially 2 years ago. At that time I was double rugging up to 25 horses, some including neck rugs. It took over an hour morning and night to change rugs and often if time didn't permit, it simply wasn't possible, resulting in a day of stressing about whether the horses were too hot or cold. Rug slipping, rubs and repairs were also a constant headache. Now I have only 9 horses but even less rugs in use! . I have 3 Cool Heats and 4 shade cloth combos on the rack for the occasions I want them kept clean or if they are to be turned out or restrained after a wash or work and the weather is a bit too fresh. My horses look very well and healthy, are in great condition with good coats and seem happy and free. They are free from rubs and I am free from rug hassles. All the old rugs got bundled up and packed in a shipping container - never to be seen again!!! Thanks heaps for giving me back so much of my valuable time and money
I might have been a bit slow to take up riding at the age of 40. But the same can't be said for my preference of rugs for my horses. I've had all the canvas, and polyester shelled rugs with various linings with either attachable neckrugs or all in one combos, But can honestly say that the Mac rugs are the best, they not only fit the horses well, they actually do what they are supposed to do. I used to have to worry how late in the afternoon I could ride in case I got my boy too hot and sweaty and he'd get a chill, but not any more, I just throw on the Macs and he's perfectly dry within hours. It's been quite windy here in the mornings of late, with a biting wind but in the afternoons the sun has been out and it's become quite warm. With his Macs rug on he doesn't sweat underneath nor try to destroy it by rubbing himself on the tree. I've recently got a second horse and I've already placed my order for a Macs for him. Trust me, they are BRILLIANT.
I was first introduced to the heat cool rug when watching the new inventors show on television in 2009 , I was very impressed with the presentation and went on line and purchased a rug .I have been using the rug on Moon my 24 year old appaloosa for over a year now and its the best purchase I have ever made for Moon, previous to purchasing the heat cool rug I used a cotton rug in summer and a doona and waterproof in winter it was always a challenge as my horse is agisted 10 minutes from my home so taking rugs off and on during the day is very difficult. The heat cool rug has been the answer to all my rugging problems for Moon, I can relax during the day no matter what the weather is doing knowing she is able to thermostat her own body according to the temperature of the day.
I just received my second Cool Heat i purchased for my mare ~ Gelding got one last year! Thanks for making such a great rug! My horses love you for it! I started to write a testimonial but it was way too long i was going on about the rug so much! Rupert got bitten on the nose by a red bellied black about 4 years ago and i have struggled with him overheating (sweating up) under anything i put on him ever since. Your rug is the only one i have found that he is comfortable in! I cant believe how little wear it has for the time he has been wearing it ~ he is obviously a very happy boy! Thanks again!
When I first heard about the Cool Heat rug I was really skeptical, I thought it was a bit of a gimmick and that the horse keeping itself warm with piloerection was a good idea, but wouldn't work in real life. But I decided to put my doubts aside and just give it a try. To my surprise and delight, this rug has kept my horse warm on the most freezing cold nights, and comfortable during those sunny winter days. Being a Standardbred he has an unusual body shape- huge shoulders and a high croup- but this rug has fit him amazingly well. The Cool Heat fits better than any of his other brand rugs. He moves freely, grazes comfortably and best of all, his sensitive skin gets lots of air and stays fresh and healthy. It hasn't rubbed him out on his shoulders or wither, which has happened with every other rug I have bought for him. The other main problem we have had over the years is that no rug has been able to come up past the wither, and as a result the rug would slide back behind his wither (since it's lower) and the chest straps would then pinch him badly because the rug was sliding backwards. The Cool Heat sits up past his wither, on his neck, and it doesn't slide back. His wither doesn't get pressure put on it, and the chest straps don't even touch him. I was really on-the-fence about whether I should try one of these rugs, but in the end I just decided to go for it. If you're in a similar spot then I reckon you may as well try it. If the Cool Heat will fit my big-shouldered, sensitive-skinned Standardbred then it's sure to fit just about any other horse without rubbing them out.