Originally Posted by Clementine
I don't think he's really cold, so I don't think I'll have to go with more than a turnout sheet - but I hate the thought of him standing outside in the wind and wet with snow, when I could buy him a wind breaker/"rain jacket" for less than $80. Does that make sense?
I think you missed the point. O_O By putting any blanket on a horse, it flattens the hair. Your horse isn't that cold now because his hair is fluffy. If you buy him just a sheet and put it on him, the hair will be flattened and he will actually be colder with the sheet on then if he were standing naked in the rain. Rain sheets are more for summer rain storms. If you are going to blanket him, do it right, and get him at least a medium weight. =]
And PS. I just bought my mare a Weatherbeeta and I LOVE it, it fits amazingly well. My mare doesn't typically destroy blankets, so I can't necessarily bet on it's durability, but it is my understand that the numbers in front of the title, like 600 and 1200 and all that, is for the strength of the material. Higher number, higher durability.