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post #1 of 13 Old 01-18-2009, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Blanket Question

Ok we live in NC so I've never had to blanket a horse since our winters don't get that cold but we're moving up to VA here next month so I wanted to get Max one for up there because it's a lot colder than it is here.

So here is my question:

He's underweight (we're working on getting his weight back up, when we bought him he was really underweight). So if I buy a blanket can I get one that is bigger than what we measure for right now? Because he will be getting bigger around the stomach and everything and we'll be adding muscle as well. I wasn't sure if buying one bigger would be a problem like dargging on the ground or getting caught on something?

So should I just buy one that fits him right now and then buy a bigger one when we get his weight up or can I buy a bigger one first? Either way is fine with me.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-18-2009, 07:46 PM
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Buy one that fits now. A blanket that is too large is more likely to cause rubs (shoulder and withers) than one that is too small. If you buy his size now (measure either from the centre of the chest to the furthest rear point of the rump measuring along his side, or measure straight from the top of his withers to the top of his tail). His blanket size shouldn't change with weight gain (I suppose it could, if he were to gain 200-300lbs but it will likely stay the same).

In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. Eleven-hundred pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster.
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Well he needs to gain about 200-300lbs so it might change! But that's fine I can buy a new one when the time comes. I figured the one we buy now will good for the rest of the winter and we wont have to buy another til next winter :)
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-18-2009, 09:36 PM
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it won't be as affective if it doesn't fit him now ... he WILL gain weight better if he is warm and his body doesn't have to work harder to keep warm... try horseloverz.com ... they are really well priced! Then you can maybe get 2 for the price of 1 :)

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it won't be as affective if it doesn't fit him now ... he WILL gain weight better if he is warm and his body doesn't have to work harder to keep warm... try horseloverz.com ... they are really well priced! Then you can maybe get 2 for the price of 1 :)

I coulnd't find his size on there He's a draft and even the XL series they had was too small. He needs an 88"

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I coulnd't find his size on there He's a draft and even the XL series they had was too small. He needs an 88"
oh wow .. sorry I didn't know he was that big ... sorry

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I looked on ebay and found several 90" turnout blankets. Also size 87 and size 86.. Here is one that is a clearance, and another of a dif color, same seller. Here is a listing for 2 dif sizes.. One is an 88" You can also check at statelinetack, countrysupply, valleyvet, lots of online stores around. Some will have different sizes, like 87 or 89 maybe, but no 88, etc.. Some companies have you measure to the point of hip, others to the center of tail.. Some run large, some don't.. Good luck.. Heck, by next winter he may not even need a blanket. Most healthy horses don't ya know. ;)

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I looked on ebay and found several 90" turnout blankets. Also size 87 and size 86.. Here is one that is a clearance, and another of a dif color, same seller. Here is a listing for 2 dif sizes.. One is an 88" You can also check at statelinetack, countrysupply, valleyvet, lots of online stores around. Some will have different sizes, like 87 or 89 maybe, but no 88, etc.. Some companies have you measure to the point of hip, others to the center of tail.. Some run large, some don't.. Good luck.. Heck, by next winter he may not even need a blanket. Most healthy horses don't ya know. ;)
Thanks! I didn't see those ones last night when I was looking
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oh wow .. sorry I didn't know he was that big ... sorry
Oh no don't be sorry it wasn't your fault! I didn't mention he was that big! I appreciated your help
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Sometimes it depends on what your search query is. I started with turnout blanket, then I just sort of scrolled thru there. I added draft and got a few more size specific.. If you get too specific you may get nada..

Happy hunting.

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