Our hoods are original and have some unique features which make them comfortable for the ponies to wear and easy to use.
Our fleece and turn out hoods are fully lined with smooth, silky Lycra. This allows the friction that occurs when the pony moves to take place between the layers of fabric and not against pony’s coat or mane. This is particularly useful for ponies with long manes as the whole hood protects the mane (NB. the Lycra Show hood is not lined)
There are very few seams on the hood which should help prevent rubbing and discomfort. The seams are underneath the neck and on the face. This means that the lining is free to move with pony and causes less friction against the mane and coat.
There is slight gathering at the shoulder that helps anchor the hood and prevent it slipping back. It also helps reduce friction on shoulders to prevent rubbing.
There are large eyeholes and adjustable nose fitting. There is no elastic on the actual nose for comfort - only elastic either side for fit.
The Velcro straps can be flicked back closed on themselves to avoid them catching on the hood when putting it on.
There are five standard sizes to fit most native ponies, cobs and chunky breeds
There is also a "more fit” which has an extra 4cms in the depth or “less fit” which has 4cms less, to offer even more flexibility to the standard range. The Velcro closure offers a little more flexibility for growing ponies.
Each hood has a coloured loop on the middle of the back to help line up the hood when putting it on.
The fabrics have been chosen to do a specific job. The fabric used for the turn out hoods is made of a combination of Supplex and Lycra, a 4-way stretch water resistant fabric that is designed as a sports fabric and used particularly for cycle shorts, which need to be stretchy, comfortable and hard wearing. The fabric is manufactured in Great Britain. The turn out hoods are lined with a fine, smooth 4-way stretch Lycra.
The fleece hoods are made of a durable soft non-pill fleece and lined with the same fine smooth Lycra.
The Lycra Show hoods are made from a shiny, smooth Lycra that polishes the coat and are unlined.