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    10-19-2013, 04:59 PM
Blanketing Advice?

This winter I am going to be blanketing a 15 year old Thoroughbred mare during cold nights/blizzards. She isn't mine, I'm more like free-leasing her but her owner agreed to blanketing.

Last year he gave me a Canvas Blanket that he had bought at an auction, I ended up using it many times because she was getting cold, and plus she went into winter with needing to gain weight.

*Reasons for blanketing- 1. She lost weight from the bugs/heat and is gaining it back again 2. If she gets cold to where she is shivering she will not eat 3. She seems to move stiffely when she is cold and won't go outside
This year I am buying one that is actually waterproof and will hopefully fit her better.

This is the one I'm looking at- StormShieldŽ 1200D VTEK

So a few questions...
1. Do you think it would be a great blanket choice? I've heard of many people in my area using them.

2. I have a cotton sheet, should I use it as a liner?

3. Should I buy the neck cover also?

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    10-19-2013, 09:24 PM
Not sure where you are or how cold it gets, but any blanket from Schneider's is an excellent value and they're great quality. All my blankets come from there. For a good idea on what styles fit which horses, start on this page Horse Turnout Blankets from Schneider's Saddlery and see what best matches the horse based on their descriptions. Then go to that style of blankets and they give further description of the toes of horses those blankets fit. Schneider's has such a wealth of information on their website. They also have blanket selecting guides.
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    10-20-2013, 12:07 AM
Well Minnesota gets pretty cold. Sometimes, or during cold spells below zero. Usually below 30 degrees. We have a lean-to, but we have a gate that we can close it and lock them up.
    10-23-2013, 06:48 PM
I'm from good ole Wisconsin so I know about the cold! It seems like a really good blanket, I'm just worried about how thick it is. I hate buying blankets online because I don't know the thickness of it. However, I think it'd be a good blanket for this winter. I wouldn't buy a neck cover unless you absolutely want it. It all depends on how much hair she gets during the cold. If she has barely any, then go for the hood. As for the cotton sheet for a liner, I would only do that if it gets super cold out. If you use it as a liner 24/7, she could sweat and then end up getting chilled and even sick. Before you buy this blanket I would search around more. Hope this helped! Good luck in your search :)
    10-23-2013, 07:27 PM
^^ when you buy a blanket online it tells you how much fill it has, so you know how thick it is!
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    10-24-2013, 12:22 AM
She probably needs the benefit of water proofing rather than a heavy blanket. They do over heat under the heavy ones and may become dehydrated. A horse has the ability to move it's hair 17 different ways and fluffing it in winter helps trap air. Blanketing remove the horse's ability to fluff. Free choice hay is also warming, the act of digestion. I'm north of you and my horses will not stay in when windy. They much prefer to bum up against a leeward wall so they can watch for predators. Your shelter has a gate. The horse can see thro the gate. Therefore it knows it is vulnerable to attack. Leave the gate open and let the horses do as they feel safest.
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    10-24-2013, 11:39 AM
I had just put her in because the blanket wasn't waterproof and she is a pretty whimpy horse, if it starts sprinkling she high tails it to the barn. If she gets to cold she will shiver to point where she won't eat even if the food is right infront of her.
    11-04-2013, 01:51 PM
I'd say depends on how much winter coat and turn out she gets. Last winter my Belgian WB mare (no winter coat to speak of) wore her med weight blanky from mid dec until April. My Arab pony who had a massive winter coat never needed a blanky and he lived up by Duluth.

This year with the new QH I will get a lightweight blanket and only use it for short periods when I know we are going to get dumped on.

Maybe just see how it goes. IMHO, get a med weight and only blanket on the bitter cold and windy nights. Dover store in Plymouth has good prices on their brand blanky and you can return it if it rips. Didn't leave rub marks on the mare which surprised me cause she was in it 24/7 over 3 months.
    11-05-2013, 08:35 AM
Not sure what the shopping options are in your area, but if you are uncertain what type of blanket will work best, recommend shopping a tack consignment store, or asking around local barns to see if anyone has an old blanket that you can borrow, rent, or similar until you figure out what works best for your horse. Most of us have loads of extra blankets because it is hard to know what works until you try it. Posting on Craiglist or similar sharing forums is another way to skin the proverbial cat. It's worth a try, because blankets aren't cheap! For what it's worth, I keep Weatherbeeta blankets on hand, most purchased used but in excellent condition, and have been thrilled by their longevity and performance. Not the cheapest, but they don't tear easily, which is a big deal with my current crew. Good luck!
    11-05-2013, 09:03 AM
Look for 1200 Denier or higher as they are the most rip resistant. If there's a way to rip a blanket, horses invariably find it.

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