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  • What does a normal fall horse blanket have for denier and fill?
  • How much polyfill for a horse's winter blanket

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    10-05-2012, 01:03 PM

I have never blanketed my horses in the past but I now have an OTTB who I'm sure was blanketed while on the track. Just wondering what Temperature should I start putting a blanket on him and how heavy the blanket should be? I live in Nebraska so we have some pretty harsh winters, right now its getting down into the 40's at night. The one I'm looking at has 400 g fill but I think that is too heavy until it gets to be colder.
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    10-05-2012, 01:11 PM
I blanket if it forecasts anything lower than 36degrees. I have 420 denier blankets for the babies. One 1200 Denier for my Saddlebred and a 1000 denier for my easier keeper.
    10-05-2012, 01:12 PM
Does he have access to shelter? Does he have access to hay? Is he shivering? If he is, is it for shorter or longer periods of time? I'd play it by ear. Their coat serves a purpose. I am not against blanketing but I do feel some blanket more than necessary.
    10-05-2012, 01:15 PM
Denier is just how durable they are though right? I'm wondering about how much fill or warmth.
    10-05-2012, 01:19 PM
He is in a stall at night and turned out during the day unless it gets dangerously cold out.
    10-05-2012, 01:20 PM
Originally Posted by AndersonEquestrian    
I blanket if it forecasts anything lower than 36degrees. I have 420 denier blankets for the babies. One 1200 Denier for my Saddlebred and a 1000 denier for my easier keeper.
Denier is only how touch the fabric is, it has no bearing on how warm the blanket is. To determine how warm a blanket is, you have to look at the fill.
100 gram polyfill = light
200 gram polyfill = medium
300 gram polyfill = heavy
350+ gram polyfill = very heavy
600 denier = not very durable, ok for turnout with horses that don't play rough
1200 denier = more durable, can put up with normal wear and play for the most part
Ballistic material (3000 denier + ripstop) = very tough.

Generally speaking, this is what I do (degrees Celsius temps)
~ -5 to 5 = light
~ -5 to -15 = medium
~ -15 to -25 = heavy
~ -25 to -35 = light+heavy
Colder than that I may put on the medium and heavy blankets.
    10-05-2012, 01:44 PM
Thanks for the info!
    10-11-2012, 09:56 AM
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong. But you can wait to put the blanket on until it gets colder, a horse should grow a coat to keep him warm. But once you decide to put a blanket on, you need to keep blanketing all winter because they will shed out their protective winter coat and will depend on the blanket for warmth.

Then you have to think why will you blanket? I blanket my horse because he gets pretty fuzzy. And when I ride him in the winter he sweats a lot, and this takes a while to dry. So if I plan to ride moderately through the winter I just blanket. If I plan to ride a lot I will clip him and blanket him. Then the sweat dries very quickly and the sooner I can get the blanket back on him. :)
    10-11-2012, 10:00 AM
No. The horse doesn't shed because it's warm; the hair coat gets flattened by the blanket. Once you start blanketing, you can't not for the rest of that winter.
I blanket because my horse will be in hard work this winter and will be clipped. I have always blanketed because I ride through the winter and the horses I ride sweat up, flattening the coat.
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    10-11-2012, 01:01 PM
I will blanket my older Arab on occasion during the transition of fall to winter. When I take her blanket off(usually is only on for a few days)her coat fluffs back up within a day or so.

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