I'm in need of some help in this department.
My lovely Quarter Horse gelding is 12 years old and has always been stalled at night (for the last 8-9 years). He grows a decent winter coat but isn't a wolly mammoth. He is the kind of horse that will rip the blanket apart to get it off him. There have been rare occasions a blanket has been put on him when he has been shivering but its always been taken off once he's inside and warmed up otherwise it will end up at his feet ripped apart.
In June of this year I put him on 24/7 turnout. Long story short, one particular staff member was being lazy about the stalls and has since been let go but it did cause problems for my horses feet and overall health. Since being outside he has been happy and healthy. We are expecting a very very harsh winter this year, compared to previous years where our winters have been mild.
So I'm preparing for the worst before it happens. I don't want to be trying to buy a blanket when my horse is already shivering. Blanketing will be on an as needed basis only if he needs it. They have good shelter and free-choice hay. He is fed 1.4lbs Gro n Win plus glucosamine/yucca/white willow bark supplements. He is a little on the fatter side. I'm thinking a medium weight winter turnout blanket that is waterproof would be suitable for him???
These are some of the blankets I have been considering:
1) Shedrow 600D Ripstop Turnout W/Gusset | BLS2011 | Greenhawk
2) Bridle Path Tack Shop: Preview - Shop Online - Horse Tack & Fine Western Wear Store. Kingston, Belleville, Brockville, Cornwall, Trenton, Ottawa, Peterborough, Ontario
3) Shedrow 1200d Ripstop Turnout W/gusset | BLS0158 | Greenhawk
Just a few options... I am thinking I should go for the higher denier of option 3 with about the same lining/fill as the other two. I don't think that would make it too heavy for him should he have to wear it.
Please feel free to add any input to the few choices I've considered so far. Other suggestions for blankets are welcome as well.
Thank you :)