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  • 600g horse blanket when temperature to put on horse
  • Horse blanket what does 300g mean

 
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    11-29-2010, 10:03 PM
  #1
Weanling
Winter blanket

Okay, so I'm kinda stuck now. Yesterday I had a talk with my trainer and we both agreed it would be better to clip my horse. He has an uberfluffy winter coat which is awesome to cuddle, but not that awesome to dry after a work out. And since he gets an intensive work out this winter (every day), it would be for the best to shave him. Now the problem is, when I asked him what blanket do I get (how warm), he said "at least 600g". So I came home and searched for some blankets on the internet just to get an idea of what I'm going to buy tomorrow when I'm going to the tack shop. The thing is, I didn't find a single 600g blanket. The heaviest blankets I found were 350g and those were really rare and usually labeled "extra heavy" or something like that that indicated it is the extreme. So, have I missed something here? I already saw one blanket in the shop last week (I'm going to have a look at it again tomorrow), which seemed super good (to me) - 100% water proof, fleece underneath, cross surcingles, leg straps, tail protection, came with a separate cooler blanket. And all that was quite cheap. The shop assistant told me it's REALLY heavy, something you'd put on a horse in extreme freezing temperatures. Still I don't think it was more than 300g, not even 250g if I remember correctly... Do you have an idea why he said 600g? Is there something I'm missing? Did he mean two blankets on each other? What blanket should I get for my horse? He's stalled but the stable isn't heated and it's the outside kinda stable, the horses are looking outside all the time (though the windows are closed at night, at least I hope so... will ask). Though there is another stable behind the back wall so the front wall is the only one being in contact with the cold of the outside. He gets a one hour heavy workout a day. The temperatures here vary between 30°F and 20°F (0°C and -6°C). The trainer mentioned cliping him whole but I was thinking about leaving the legs and possibly the belly. I don't understand horse clipping but I think clipping him all isn't necessary. I'm planning to call him again and ask once more, I just want to know your opinions in case I don't get him on the phone before I go to the shop. And just in case this helps, he gets 1l of grains in the morning, 1l at noon and 1,5l in the evening and 0,5l of müsli and 2 cups of BOSS after riding. Plus lots of hay of course. Thanks in advance.
     
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    11-29-2010, 10:27 PM
  #2
Trained
I ride my horse every day. It gets considerably colder here, regularily dropping below 0F. He is clipped, everything but his legs belly and the top half of his head. When it gets really cold he ends up with a total of 600g fill on him because he has a stable sheet and a winter blanket with neck.
At the temps you described he'd have maybe 350g with neck and a sheet underneath.
I like the Rambo blankets by Horseware because you can get them with a removable liner so for really cold days they have a heavy blanket and for less cold days they have a lighter blanket.
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Good luck! And if you are shaving his neck - get a blanket with a neck on it!
     
    11-29-2010, 10:40 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks a lot for your response! Getting a 350g blanket will be certainly easier. Though there's one thing I'm confused about, I haven't seen a horse with a blanket with a neck on it and we have over 60 horses in three barns, most of them clipped... Are you sure it's needed? Or is it just that the people don't care...? Do you think it'll be a problem for him as he's not used to having any blanket on him (except the cooler one for approx. One hour after riding), especially the one with the neck on it? I'm afraid he's going to fight it.
     
    11-30-2010, 12:27 AM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by mumiinek    
Thanks a lot for your response! Getting a 350g blanket will be certainly easier. Though there's one thing I'm confused about, I haven't seen a horse with a blanket with a neck on it and we have over 60 horses in three barns, most of them clipped... Are you sure it's needed? Or is it just that the people don't care...? Do you think it'll be a problem for him as he's not used to having any blanket on him (except the cooler one for approx. One hour after riding), especially the one with the neck on it? I'm afraid he's going to fight it.
The neck thing is a personal choice, but I personally like them and they are detachable, so if you hate them you can just take them off. I also suggest the rambo. I have a light supreme and the 200 and 300 liners and I really like it.
     
    11-30-2010, 12:37 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Do you think he meant 600 denier? I've never seen a 600 g either.
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    11-30-2010, 01:04 AM
  #6
Yearling
If you buy a rambo duo it had a base of 100 g and you can get a 400 g liner with it. You won't have a regular sheet (a 100 g is considered a california), but together they would make up a 500 g blanket.

That's the highest I know of...
     
    11-30-2010, 09:54 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Sunny    
Do you think he meant 600 denier? I've never seen a 600 g either.
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I was thinking about it too but then again most of the blankets I found (at least those you can buy here) are 600 denier so I don't know if he'd be pointing that out specially. Plus I literaly asked him "how warm" should the blanket be. I think maybe he got confused or made a slip of the tongue. I'll definitely call him again but I rarely get him on the phone, he's busy all the time.

But let's say I do get the extra heavy combined blanket (500g), isn't that too much? What temperatures is that for? I tried to find descriptions of blankets and what each one is suitable for but I didn't find anything like that. So I really have to go with just what people suggest to me. I'm sure they will have a handful of ideas in the shop also but you know, their job is to sell.
     
    12-01-2010, 11:52 AM
  #8
Weanling
Ok, so I'm back now with a bit different dilemma. I couldn't go to the shop because of the constant snowstorms, we got some 40 cm of snow in last 3 days. But I called them and what I thought was true - the majority of their blankets are 200g, the thickest being 300g. And I was really lucky as my trainer just called me to say how well my horse was doing today (so proud of him!), so I quickly asked him about the blanket again. He confirmed the blanket I am looking for is 600g at least. As much as it sounds absurd to me, I trust him, he knows much better than me. And the truth is the stable is situated a good one hour drive from here behind a moutain so he knows their climate the best. Anyway, I told him none of the blanets I found online and asked for in various shops was heavier than 300g and he gave me a proposition, he's going to a competition in Italy this weekend so he said he'll have a look there (he said they will have some pretty heavy blankets there for sure) and then call me to tell me what he found and if I find something I like (I can't afford just anything there is out there) he can get it for me. I was so happy and told him that would be awesome. However, I just got an idea. Anabel, you said you put two blankets on your horse? How safe (and comfortable) is that? Is there anyone else having expriences with putting two blankets on a horse? I know you were mentioning some blankets with removable liners but to be honest, I've never heard of that before and I doubt any of the shops here have either. It would be probably the best solution but almost impossible for me to get, unless I have it shipped from UK or US which is not the easiest option for me. So I was thinking... You know, if I get 600g blanket, I'll have to get at least one more blanket that will be lighter for when it gets warmer, I know I can't expect my horse to be stuffed in 600g until spring. So I thought if I get two blankets, each 300g, I can either use them on top of each other when they'll create one superwarm 600g blanket, or I can just simply use them separate for when the tempratures aren't so cruel. Do you think that would work? I'm aware of the fact one would probably need to be one size bigger than the other one. Before I make a novel out of this, can you please give me some opinions on this? Tomorrow is the only snowless day until next week so if I decide to get those two blankets, I'll have to go and get them tomorrow.
     
    12-01-2010, 01:23 PM
  #9
Yearling
If your working your horse all winter its best to clip. Just a blanket clip that way if your horse does sweat he wont get sick
     
    12-01-2010, 01:32 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
if your working your horse all winter its best to clip. Just a blanket clip that way if your horse does sweat he wont get sick
Well, I said I was going to clip him. That's why I'm trying to get some advice on what blanket to get for him.

Anyone, please? Just need to know whether it is worth a try to get two blankets and use one on top of each other of if it's better to invest in one extra heavy blanket plus one lighter one (I would, of course, prefer to go for the first option).

Edit: Oh! I found a shop where they have a 470g stable blanket! But, I'd still need to combine it with one more to get those 600g...
     

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