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    11-09-2013, 04:17 PM
Layer blankets or buy 3 weights?

Buy a turnout sheet, med weight stable blanket and heavy stable blanket and layer, or buy lite med and heavy turnout blankets? What's better, or does it even matter? My horse is in if they are calling for rain or snow, but the barn is down in a hollow and it's rather cold. The horse has to be blanketed for health reasons.
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    11-09-2013, 05:32 PM
Green Broke
I'd buy three different blankets. It's easier to just throw the necessary blanket on than having to mess with layering three blankets, IMO.
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    11-09-2013, 05:42 PM
Green Broke
I agree, 3 different ones. I used to horse sit horses I'd have to layer according to the temps. They always looked so uncomfortable. The blankets would twist, the straps would tangle or come undone, the walked like they had hardcore wedgies. One blanket is WAY better.
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    11-09-2013, 09:16 PM
Thanks everyone!
    11-09-2013, 09:18 PM
Actually I hate blanketing, but I do not have a choice with this horse. He has made it very clear he is more comfortable being blanketed.
    11-09-2013, 09:54 PM
I'd get the turnouts and not the stable blankets. The weather could always turn bad while he's out and a stable blanket will just soak through.
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    11-09-2013, 10:03 PM
Green Broke
I'd get an unlined turnout rug, a medium weight, outdoor style waterproof rug and then a well fitted stable/under rug.

That way you can have just the turnout in not cold wet, the medium one as your general cold weather one, add the extra layer of a stable rug if it gets really cold, and the unlined turnout with the stable rug under for a lighter option (or if your other gets wet through).

So long as the rugs are well fitting with the appropriate fastenings I don't think two layers will slide about much.

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