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    12-16-2012, 09:55 AM
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Green Broke
Blanket fill wearing out?

I've had my mare's medium weight turnout for several years now and it doesn't have so much as a hole in it, my mare is pretty good to her blankets lucky for me ;)

However I just got her a new light weight turnout and the fill seems thicker now than her medium weight! Does fill flatten out and get less fluffy over time? And if so, any way to make it fluffy again? I would hate to have to buy another medium weight when this one is in such great shape still!
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    12-16-2012, 10:02 AM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
I've had my mare's medium weight turnout for several years now and it doesn't have so much as a hole in it, my mare is pretty good to her blankets lucky for me ;)

However I just got her a new light weight turnout and the fill seems thicker now than her medium weight! Does fill flatten out and get less fluffy over time? And if so, any way to make it fluffy again? I would hate to have to buy another medium weight when this one is in such great shape still!
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I would like to know this too. But, this year I bought my new girl a med weight blanket and it arrived and was so much thinner and lighter feeling than my geldings blanket that was also med weight. I was like hum..............
     
    12-17-2012, 07:34 PM
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Green Broke
Hmmm any takers? ;)
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    12-18-2012, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Hmmm any takers? ;)
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Okay!

Modern horse rugs most often have a fibre sheet fill. This has structure like a duvet (lots of air and a few fibres) so packs down over time, reducing its insulating qualities a little. Because it's stitched into the rug you can rarely fluff it up like you can with a duvet, but tumble drying after laundering sometimes works. Forget it with a turnout, though - the outer's usually too inflexible for this to work. So basically a five-year-old rug won't be as warm as when it was new.

Unfortunately modern rugs don't last forever, which the old-fashioned sort often could. There wasn't much to go wrong with jute stable rugs - you just added wool blankets underneath as the weather got colder. And we all used to do pretty well with blanket-lined canvas turnouts before ripstop and ballistic nylons.

Modern materials are a lot lighter and more thermally efficient, but you pay for that with reduced lifespans. Lightweight turnouts are my particular pet hate - unless they have at least some padding the movement of the lining wears the waterproof coating off the outer so they rarely last more than a couple of years before leaking

Hope that all makes sense
     
    12-18-2012, 05:38 PM
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Green Broke
It does make sense...at least I have a liner I can put underneath I guess to increase the warmth!
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