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        01-04-2010, 09:23 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Well I'll just throw in my two cents about brands real quick.....

    Everyone else seems to like Weatherbeeta but that is the only blanket of my horse's that I wished I never wasted the money on. He's rather wide so sometimes is tough to fit but it gaps at the shoulder and won't lay even on him no matter what. Its always shifted to one side or another and twists on his back.

    I prefer Rambo and Rhino..... (regular cut as opposed to the wug as the higher cut neck is too snug on him because of his large front end). Amigo is okay but doesnt hold up as well to his rough housing. His schneider's blanket is also nice. Fits him well and has held up for the past few years now.
         
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        01-05-2010, 09:21 AM
      #22
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Clementine    
    Okay, clearly we have some conflicting opinions here, since KristinJ said "Use the sheet for icy rain/snow/sleet/high winds", ShannonSevenfold and Kassierae both say that a sheet will just flatten the hairs and make the horse colder, and riccil0ve just seems to think I'm an idiot.

    I need a consensus here people, Jazz is naked outside right now in the 19 degree windy evening. :(

    Also, I never really got an answer about whether or not a fleece dress sheet layered under a waterproof turnout sheet would work. My thought is that it would either very easily rip, or become stretched out strangely, but I don't really know. I don't think Jazz would be very hard on blankets, he mainly just eats when he's out. :)

    I hate that I don't know more about blanketing - I've looked through all my books (and I have a LOT) for some kind of guideline and have looked into it extensively on the internet, but I can't seem to find the kind of information that I'm looking for.

    As said, get you a medium or heavy weight turnout blanky. Make it a turnout blanket. Turnouts are generally waterproof/windproof.

    Be advised, once you put it on, you're going to have to leave it on until the temp gets at least into the 40's, or he'll get chilled as it will take several days for your horse to fluff his/her coat back up. It does mine anyway.

    Some say their muscles that fluff their coats for winter warmth go into athropy when blanketed. I've had a vet say no, but it does take mine a few days to fluff back up.

    I only blanket when I absolutely have to
         
        01-05-2010, 09:22 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by OdinsOwn    
    Well I'll just throw in my two cents about brands real quick.....

    Everyone else seems to like Weatherbeeta but that is the only blanket of my horse's that I wished I never wasted the money on. He's rather wide so sometimes is tough to fit but it gaps at the shoulder and won't lay even on him no matter what. Its always shifted to one side or another and twists on his back.

    I prefer Rambo and Rhino..... (regular cut as opposed to the wug as the higher cut neck is too snug on him because of his large front end). Amigo is okay but doesnt hold up as well to his rough housing. His schneider's blanket is also nice. Fits him well and has held up for the past few years now.
    I've been wondering about those brands, been seeing ads for them... thanks for posting about them
         

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