Fashion is not only for humans. Our four legged friends deserve also their part of popularity. In choosing the perfect sleep wear for our horses there are many aspects to take into considerations: fit, material, zip or not, and so on. A sleezy is not only a nice coloured item, but it is an essential garment at horse shows. To find out more about horses´ sleepwear, I talked to Sandra Lamprecht, owner and designer at Unique Horsewear. Sandra explained what characteristics should the perfect sleep wear have 😉
What are the functions of a sleezy? Does it only protect the horse from the dirt?
Sandra: Sleezys protect the horses head and neck from dust and dirt and make sure that the banded mane rests neatly and smoothly on the horse’s neck.
When should a horse wear a sleezy?
Sandra: Sleezys can be used for shows. We also have many customers who use our sleezys for their skin sensitive horses to protect them from itching because of flies and the associated scrubbing. Furthermore, sleezys and shoulderguards can generally be used to protect against chafing, for example from poorly fitting blankets. In cooperation with a veterinary clinic, we have also had very good experience in protecting bandages and wounds with our shoulderguards.
Which materials is it possible to use for a sleezy?
Sandra: Suitable materials for sleezys are elastic fabrics. The special feature of our sleezys is that we only use high-quality cotton jersey with a thickness of 200 grams/m. This material is breathable, elastic, guarantees a very good fit and is very durable.
Which is the difference between them?
Sandra: The difference to other elastic fabrics is the variety of colors and patterns available in cotton jersey.
Do you use the same material for sleezys and Tailbags? If no, What is the difference between them and why do you use two different types?
Sandra: For our sleezys and regular tailbags we use cotton jersey. Due to being the same color and pattern they can be used as a matching set when going to the show. Our water-repellent tailbags, instead, are made out of soft shell fabric. This is due to the water-repellent effect of soft shell. Cotton jersey would not be suitable for this special type of tailbag.
Which is the practical difference between a sleezy with the zipper and one without?
Sandra: Our standard sleezys are to pull over the horse’s head. Due to the elastic material, this method is easy and fast to act. The DELUXXE version has a zipper on the underside of the horse’s neck. Which variant is preferred is a pure preference of the horse owners. However, the DELUXXE sleezy is less suitable for sensitive horses due to the zipper.
THANK YOU Sandra!! In my opinion, sleezys are a fundamental item at horse shows. And, why not, they represent a way to express our creativity and our personality. Not only they are good looking, but they maintain your horse clean and protected! What do you think? Do you also use sleezys for your horse?