Quality. You are buying an American made hood constructed from premium, no seconds, Lycra using only high quality components. We are the only stretch horse wear made in America. If you look at the other brand labels, you will find that those hoods are imported from China or as one company prefers to call it “manufactured off-shore”. What you end up getting is a lower quality product made from cheaper spandex and components. We will not compromise our high standards by offering a cheaply made product. We will continue to select only the finest stretch materials from the active wear industry’s premier manufacturers so the products you purchase from us will provide the performance you want for your equine partner.
We offer over 13 different sizes. Our sizes are generously cut and fit a wide variety of body shapes. As a rule, if your horse is right on the border line of the sizing charts for hoods such as 14.2h, 15.2h and he/she is more muscular than the average stock horse breed, you should go up to the larger size. For example, a more muscular than average QH who is 14.2h would wear a Large and a more muscular than average QH who is 15.2h would wear an Extra-Large. Because each company has its own sizing, please refer to our sizing chart or call us at 989-227-5741 to get the best fit for your horse.
All measurements are taken from the middle of the chest around the body to the middle of the tail, see sizing chart. If you have a stock breed horse that is more bulky or muscular than the average horse in that breed you should go the next size up. For example, if your very muscular halter-type stallion or mare measures 72″ or 78″ you should order a Large and Extra-Large respectively.
We do offer the center yoke as an option for those that like that look. However, there is no need for a center yoke if the hood is properly designed and constructed. Unlike other hoods on the market, our hoods are designed with an extra amount of fabric which allows your horse to put his head down and eat without any tension or riding up. We select only the finest stretch materials from the active wear industry’s premier manufacturers so the hood you purchase will provide the performance you want for your equine partner. Many of the name brand and imported hoods that you see in the catalogs have switched to a lower quality and cheaper spandex. These hoods require a center yoke because the thinner fabric is stretched to the maximum when you put it on your horse. As a result, the fabric is unable to stretch anymore when your horse moves. The name brand manufacturers call it the “painted on look”. It looks nice if your horse stands in one position all day but we know that doesn’t happen! That’s why we construct all our hoods with ample amount of fabric so when your horse moves, the fabric will stretch and move too. Our hoods stay put because we use the best materials, and take the time to design and construct them properly.
We recommend our Tuff Stuff Sleezy made from Spandura, the strongest stretch fabric available. Because this fabric is heavier, it will be warmer than a regular sleezy. We do recommend that you provide your horse a cool area on exceptionally hot days, whether wearing a hood or not. If there are things in your pasture that your horse can get it caught on, it will tear. Also it will not be impervious to barbed wire, or shrubbery with long thorns, or a bored or determined horse. However, we understand that a lot of people board their horses and do not have control over their horse’s environment, this is why we offer a in-house repair service at a nominal cost to you.
The side-release buckle closure is nice because it is quick and easy. Just snap it together and you’re done. Some people prefer the big wide Velcro. The Velcro is just as long wearing as the buckle if it closed onto itself after use. If it is left open, it can pick up sawdust shavings. However, the same can be said of the side release buckle. If it is left open the horse can step on it and damage it. All in all, it is a matter of personal preference, that’s why we offer the choice.
All the fabrics are man-made, will not stretch out and will dry quickly with just your horse’s body heat. Because the Lycra fabric weave expands and contracts, it will never be water-proof. A very heavy and bulky stretch fabric can be made somewhat water-resistant. We tried using Nik-Wax, which can be found at most sporting goods stores in the camping section, and our results were fair. Our recommendation is to place a non-stretch light-weight waterproof hood/sheet over your sleezy in colder wet weather.
Blanket rub marks are caused by: 1) a poor fitting winter blanket and 2) the nature of a horse’s winter coat. The most common cause of blanket rub marks is an ill-fitting winter blanket that was not designed for your horse’s body type. Shoulder rubs are caused by: A) a blanket that gets hung up on the horse’s hip as he stretches to eat or B) if the blanket is too large around the chest/shoulders/withers, the blanket can get “stuck” behind the withers and cause rubs. Constriction equals rub marks. Get a blanket that is long enough and use a stretch sheet or shoulder guard to stimulate the hair coat and allow the blanket glide over these “hot” spots. Coat health is more difficult to maintain during the winter under a blanket. Bacteria will collect under heavy blankets that are rarely washed. Coats that are rarely exposed to fresh air and the sun’s germ-killing rays become more fragile. We also don’t groom, which stimulates blood flow and removes dirt, as long when it is cold in the barn. When the coat becomes irritated, the result is a loss of hair. What can you do? Use a stretch sheet or shoulder guard that you can wash frequently. Do not use fabric softener…it can irritate your horse’s skin. Remove the blanket frequently. On winter days with lots of sunshine or no wind, turn your horse out without his blanket on. When your horse isn’t wearing his blanket, turn it inside out to “air out” the inner surface. Exercise caution when using products applied to the hair and skin. Build-up can occur which will make rubs worse than better and wash your shoulder guards and stretch sheets frequently.