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post #1 of 6 Old 09-27-2012, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Blanket Buying - Help

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 :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-27-2012, 01:07 PM
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Of those #3 would be your best purchase. It's the strongest.

#2 is lacking shoulder gussets & would likely cause rubs. A 200 fill is not enough for colder climates.
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I've also got a whole catalog sitting upstairs of blanket choices so my mind is spinning. The last couple years it's been a small amount of snow and a lot more freezing rain and colder temps in the -20C to -25C range but I think this winter will be different. We're just hitting October and its already a lot colder then it usually is.

This is just what I've found online from the local tack stores. I have found a couple that are similar to option 3 but offer a 340 gm polyfill. Would that be too much?

I want to keep around a budget of approx $200 because he'll only be wearing this IF he needs it.

4) Supera 1200D turnout
No back seam - waterproof and breathable. 1200 denier ripstop outershell. Features 300gm polyfill and dupont teflon coating. Comes with shoulder gussets, crossed biassed surcingles, doubled nylon front straps, tail cover, wither protection and reinforced stitching.

5) Bridle Path Tack Shop: Preview - Shop Online - Horse Tack & Fine Western Wear Store. Kingston, Belleville, Brockville, Cornwall, Trenton, Ottawa, Peterborough, Ontario (weatherbeeta freestyle 1200D standard neck. It's only a 220g fill but people in the area say this has been suitable? I'm on the fence about it).

6) Shedrow 1680D comfort neck with gusset
Features a 1680 denier ballistic nylon outer shell, dupont teflon coating and a fully hydrophobic membrane. The comfort neck incorporates a fully insulated mid-neck extention. 210 denier nylon lining with a 300gm high grade polyfill, double donuts on the surcingle hardware, doubled nylon front straps.

7) Then there is the Shedow Elite Turnout which offers extra deep gussets. Doesn't tell me what denier the outer lining is. It just says a ballisic nylon outer shell with excellent waterproofing and breatjability properties. dupont deflon coating, hydrophobic membrane, 340gm high loft insulation.

What I'm considering: Options 3, 4, 6.

I think option 7 may be too much but I wanted opinions on it. I'm on the fence about option 5 being enough fill.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-27-2012, 01:57 PM
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Do you have a price range you'd like to stay within?
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I'm looking in the price range of $200 and under. I do have wiggle room though.

Everything I've been looking at so far has been local and under that budget (including taxes). The only way I could see it becoming more expensive is if I buy online or a very heavy winter blanket.
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I just wanted to refresh this thread with a question.

Measured the big boy this morning and he is 78" ... I refreshed myself by watching a video through the tackshop I'm mostly likely going to be purchasing this blanket from. I measured him from the middle of his chest, around the widest part of the barrel to the middel of his tail for an exact measurement of 78"

My question is - I have had some people tell me that will be the exaxt size I need and others tell me to add another 2" to that measurement to get the blanket size. I don't plan to be layering underneath ... so which would be correct? I don't want it to be too big on him and rub.
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