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post #1 of 12 Old 12-05-2009, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Blankets...what do you use??

So I'm now giving myself an education in horse blankets. It's been mid 30's to upper 40 degrees where we live and the rain has been constant. My 2 horses are 24/7 turnout and while there is a run in shelter for all 7 of them, my particular boy usually gets left out in the cold (and wet). There are so many different blankets and manufacturers out there.... anyone have any advice on which to buy??
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-05-2009, 08:06 PM
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Odd, I thought I replied to this post. Anyway, I shop at ebay and buy from Equiteric usually. This is their store. I have McAllisters and like them fine.

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post #3 of 12 Old 12-05-2009, 08:33 PM
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I am in SC and I use WeatherBeeta Landa - the blankets have served my guys well. They are 600-Denier Ripstop Shell but my horses aren't that rough on their blankets so that's fine. has the WeatherBeeta Landa for $79.99 - if you need a tougher shell, you might want to look at the WeatherBeeta Orican - has it for $94.99 and it's 1200-Denier. I have tried other brands, but none seem to hold up as well as the WeatherBeeta. Good luck with your search!
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Love my weatherbeeta Orican. They hold up really well, I've had my current turnout 3 years and it still looks pretty much new. They are really roomy in the shoulders too (the stable blankets not so much).
Saxon makes nice turnout sheets, they are really durable as well. I find I need to put a big more waterproofing spray on those after washing than the weatherbeetas though.
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post #5 of 12 Old 12-05-2009, 09:23 PM
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weatherbetas are my favorites. They seem to last the longest, they are expensive but I have one that I've gotten over five years out of. THere is one that comes in neon colors but it doesnt last at all... I forget the brand, polar something.

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post #6 of 12 Old 12-05-2009, 11:05 PM
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I use all rider's International stuff. I do have one WeatherBeeta and it's great too! I would get a turnout that has a little fill to it because it's so cold where you are

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post #7 of 12 Old 12-06-2009, 03:13 PM
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I have: McAllisters which are nice for the price. Rhinos which are REALLY expensive but are REALLY well-made and last a REALLY long time. Weatherbeetas are nice, but my guy manages to rip them within a week of getting them. Rider's International are pretty great, many different styles and weights to choose from. Some people swear by Rambos - I won't drop that much money for a blanket... yet.

My weanling's blankets are from eBay. They're new, from Tack-R-Us. Great blankets, lots of cute patterns/colors and most importantly - CHEAP! She's going to grow out of them soo fast she wasn't getting expensive blankets. I only spent 30 on the sheet and 40 on the blanket. They are great for the price.

Depends on how hard your horse is on blankets and how well they fit him - some aren't too great for horses with big shoulders.

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thanks all for the opinions... I've still got some people telling me not to blanket (coat and hay will take care of him), others telling me I should... We seem to be at that iffy point in the weather, but when I go out there and see my boy shivering, it's time for a blanket in my opinion!
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-06-2009, 09:32 PM
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but when I go out there and see my boy shivering, it's time for a blanket in my opinion!
I do not blanket all my horses. I only blanket the 30 yr old blind appy as he is a bit ribby and needs all the help he can get to stay warm. I will blanket any horse who is shivering for about 30 minutes inside a stall to allow them to warm up. Normally here that means they got soaked. If they warm up ok, I remove and assess for a while before I leave them out.

So, I don't believe in blanketing just cuz it's cold out. Most horses do fine with a nice coat and shelter to get out of the worst of the weather.

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post #10 of 12 Old 12-06-2009, 09:39 PM
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I don't blanket at all. I have never put a blanket on a horse. I have mares that live on pasture year round and are exposed to the winter weather with no ill effects. Nature gives horses a very good way of surviving bad weather. Even if a horse is shivering it is not in danger of freezing to death or getting sick from the weather. Shivering helps warm the horse and is a natural reaction that is perfectly healthy.

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