I am always nervous using coolers or blankets in the horse trailer. But the Anti-Sweat Sheet is designed with safety in mind. There are two chest straps with side squeeze plastic buckles, and two belly straps with side squeeze plastic buckles as well. The buckles ARE heavy duty, but in my opinion would give if there was a “hang” up or an emergency situation. Keep in mind, this sheet is meant to be used ONLY in small increments of time and under supervision. (Due to the construction of the fabric, Draper Equine Therapy Anti-Sweat Sheets are recommended and designed to be used before and after exercise, not for extended lengths of time while unsupervised. If you’re looking for a sheet to use overnight, check out their Stable Sheets.)
Fitting blankets has always been hard dependent on the brand, cut, fit, and fill but I was impressed with the accuracy of the sizing on these sheets. Toby measures as a 79.5 from center of the chest to the croup so I ordered an 80 inch sheet and it was a PERFECT fit. The sheet is also machine washable and dryer safe, I laundered twice and both times I did wash on cool with a mild detergent and tried on low. There were a few instances where he laid down after a ride and the shavings/manure stains came out of the fabric without ANY problems. We did have a few snags on the piping from Toby rubbing on the stall walls and picking hay out of the piping but it was MINIMAL. ( I was really impressed with this.)
I applied his sheet 30 minutes before his ride, and after 7-11 minutes of wear I would notice his head lower, his back would start to relax, and he would shift his weight to prepare for a nap ( on a few occasions he DID take a nap after his ride.) There were a few rides we did NOT use the sheet and I definitely did not get the same response. I tested the sheet 20-30 rides and got consistent results.