Originally Posted by BostonBanker
She's such a pretty girl! Congrats on your first trial.
I highly recommend the Saratoga Horseworks Cool Coat (sold elsewhere as Cool Coat as well). I have one for Meg, and Gusto is getting one ASAP as well. With the dark dogs, it does one heck of a job just keeping them from absorbing so much heat from the sun. Using it dry, Meg's back will feel cool under it even if we can't find shade right by the ingate. I keep it on her until the dog ahead of us is on course. When it is really hot, I dunk it in water and keep it in the cooler.
That is the coat I use for Mira (big black dog + intense sun = oven) and it makes a huge difference and is very carefree for me.
Mira as an 11mo wearing her Saratoga coat in near-100 temps at the 2010 FCRSA specialty (cell phone pic, forgive the quality lol)