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        11-08-2012, 08:31 PM
    Originally Posted by AndersonEquestrian    
    I am personally a huge fan of Weaterbeetas. I have one that I have had for years that I have put on just about every horse. It has survived active stallions, PITA mares, and now is surviving a foal constantly tugging on mom's blanket. I just got my 5 mo cold a weatherbeeta and it is just as nice.

    They run a little more than the other blankets but in my opinion are totally worth it.
    Dancer's winter blankie is weatherbeatta and its great. Dancer used to live with 10 other horses and was out all the time and it held up great. I spoke with my BO and she's cool with me using hers since she can't use it. I'll just keep an eye out for a good deal.
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        11-09-2012, 12:00 PM
    I love my new weatherbeeta blanket! It's only 600D, but it holds up great! I have 3 horses turned out together who constantly nip at each other, not one rip. I got the Joules at ValleyVet for the price of the 1200D Tough-1 anywhere else.
        11-10-2012, 02:06 AM
    Originally Posted by busysmurf    

    just be aware that this is not waterproof. You may be able to spray it with waterproofing but if you live in a wet climate like I do you would be better off with a waterproof blanket. The spray will cost 8-10 bucks anyway. Make sure to waterproof it more than once.

    1200 denier is a lot more tightly woven than 420. I would not recommend the 420 unless in a dry area. And the one you posted is a sheet, with no warmth to it.

    My favorite blankets are schneiders blankets because you can adjust the shoulder fit. They are IMO the best quality for the price! Check out this one:

    Dura-Tech® 1200D VIKING Turnout Sheet in Euro Fit at Schneider Saddlery
        11-10-2012, 03:36 AM
    Originally Posted by Puddintat    
    Dancer's winter blankie is weatherbeatta and its great. Dancer used to live with 10 other horses and was out all the time and it held up great. I spoke with my BO and she's cool with me using hers since she can't use it. I'll just keep an eye out for a good deal.

    I splurged and bought a heavy weatherbeatta for my new boy, he's in a heavily treed pen by himself so I'm hoping the 1200 denier can handle all the branches. It's the first time I've even had to think about a blanket as my Appy thinks 30 below is fun O.o
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        11-10-2012, 06:05 AM
    Unfortunately when horses are turned out together, the blankets become a source of amusement. I have repaired many with straps ripped off, an entire shoulder panel in shreds and these were new blankets - 1200 denier. When the straps are ripped off because they are well sewn on, a lot of material rips.
        11-10-2012, 09:12 PM
    Like someone else said, you get what you pay for. If you are only getting it for extremely wet/cold weather, make sure that it has some sort of fill. Keeping them dry is important, but when temperatures drop and you blanket them, their hair flattens out so they can't trap heat. When they fluff up, they can keep themselves pretty warm, but it's tough for them to fluff when we blanket them :)
    That being said, I blanket mine all winter cause they are a bunch of weenies! They all live exclusively outside (I'm in Montana), they are happier and enjoy the exercise. They do have outdoor shelters, but in the first two years I had them (4 of them) we went through 8 cheap blankets in two weeks(I got them from tough-1: I was drawn in by the price)... I bought rambos after that and they have had them for 5+ years... with minor fixes! They LAST! The $250+ (I've seen them upwards of $400) price tag is initially a shock, I was absolutely floored! BUT, you can find good used ones on ebay for ~70-120$; it is a great investment. Sometimes they need a little waterproofing or patch, but those are easy fixes if you don't mind whipping out the sewing machine or bribing a friend :) My guys are with 15+ horses and play HARD- and those blankets have stood up to their shenanigans with no problem! So, I would say invest in something used, but is a super high quality before buying something that falls apart with normal wear and tear. Hope this helps!
        11-10-2012, 09:50 PM
    I love weatherbeeta brand blankets. I have several weights all 1200 denier for my gelding, they have stood up well over the years. I've had them for 7+ years, and still in great condition. In fact, I just bought a new 1200 D Orican Freestyle tonight for my Belle. I love the improvements they have made, such as better wither comfort and bigger tail flap to block out the wind without comprimizing tail movement. The Night time reflective fabric is cool too! I bought this blanket for $150, well worth the price!

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