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You get the savings when you buy DIRECT from the manufacturer, Sleezy Barb Horsewear®. There is no middleman to deal with and no high retail mark-ups. This enables us to make a higher quality product at true wholesale prices. You have probably noticed that many of the name brand and imported hoods found in the catalogs have switched to a lower quality and cheaper spandex. We will not compromise our high standards by offering a cheaper made product. We will continue to 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.
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 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 74" or 80" you should order a Large and Extra-Large respectively.
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.
We do offer the center yoke as an option for those that like the 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.
All the fabrics are man-made and will dry quickly with just your horse's body heat and will not stretch out. Because lycra fabric expands and contracts, we found that waterproofing does not work very well. 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 have a non-stretch waterproof hood/sheet over your sleezy in colder 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 and be constricting. Get a blanket that is long enough and use an underliner or shoulder guard to stimulate the hair coat and allow the blanket glide over these "hot" spots. Coat health in 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 do you? Use an underliner 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 underliners frequently.
We base our shipping charges on the approximate weight of the sale price of the article you are purchasing. To view our shipping rates. We do not charge a hidden handling fee or other excessive charges. We believe in honest, fair and reasonable shipping rates for our customers. Keep in mind that for small orders the shipping charge will be a larger proportion of your order cost; whereas, with larger orders the shipping charge is proportionally less to the overall cost.
We send two email notifications during the processing of your order. The first email you receive will be sent at the time you place your order notifying you that your order has been place with our system. The second email you will receive is sent when we ship your order and it will also include the delivery confirmation number.
You will receive two emails from us. Each email is to inform you of a status change for your order and provides you with additional information regarding your order.
1.- Order Confirmation. You will receive an email confirming your order. This email is automatically generated by the system and will be sent immediately after you finish placing your order.
After you place your order, it is reviewed to determine if the article is available for immediate shipment from our ready-made inventory, usually within 48 hours. If the article you ordered has options or requires custom embroidery, please allow additional time for your custom order.
2.- Order Has Shipped. You will receive an email when we process and ship your order. This email will include the Delivery Confirmation number for your order.
Since most Sleezy Barb Horsewear products are custom made to your specifications, all orders must be paid when the order is placed. You will receive a confirmation email message from us when your order is shipped.
Everybody receives our wholesale discount. Our published prices are our wholesale prices. Even if you choose to purchase only a single item we will never charge you more than our true wholesale price. However, for orders over five or more mane tamers (excluding Clearance Barn articles) or, three or more Uni-Bodys we can offer a volume discount. We also have special pricing for quantity orders from breed circuit associations, open circuit associations and 4-H clubs. Call us to get your special pricing at 989-227-5741.
We ship to all locations within the domestic United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. We also accept Canadian orders. However, keep in mind that shipping to Canada can be quite expensive since mandatory Provincial taxes will be added to your shipping costs.