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post #1 of 7 Old 10-22-2011, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Blanket question for Arab or narrow horse owners

Which brand of blanket and style do you find works best for your narrow horse?

I'm currently blanket-shopping after my baby outgrew his blanket from last winter. He's smart and knows how to get out of the cross surcingle style blankets. I've been looking at Schneider's because that's where I got his nylon sheet and blanket liner from last winter. I'm torn between the belly band and normal belly surcingle with leg straps. I'm open to any brand that will fit him correctly. Any thoughts or opinions?

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-22-2011, 01:21 AM
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Usually for Arabs I can never get weatherbeetas to fit nicely,but last winter I got Nimir (my 14.3ish Arab) a "pony" Weatherbeeta and it fits him great. They arent so bulky in the front and not built for stock horses like the regular ones. I have heard that Shneiders are excellent for Arabs too but I havent tried them myself.
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Lacey's a really chunky Arab so I'm obviously not going to be as helpful as someone with a more slimly built Arab, but Weatherbeeta's have worked really well for her. The one bone I have to pick with them is that the drop length is always much longer than I need. Since Lacey is just out of the pony sizes, I can't give them a try. I bet the pony sizes would work great for you, if he's small enough.
I'd imagine that Pessoa's would also work for you because I have one for Lacey and it's a little too narrow. They're on the pricier side but when I compare my Pessoa to my Weatherbeetas, the quality difference is evident.
I've also heard good things about Schneiders. I've never used one though so I can't be for sure.

I would definitely get a blanket with rear leg straps, whatever you do. I've found that the leg straps really seem to help keep blankets on. I've never used a blanket with a bellyband so I can't be of help there. My one wonderment is if the bellyband would get gross since you have a gelding (I've never blanketed a gelding so I have no idea about what gets gross and not... haha)?

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Thanks! I've heard a lot of mixed things about the Weatherbeeta blankets for narrow horses. I have heard that they're long for short horses. I have also heard that the Saxon line is more fitted than the Weatherbeetas.

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Yep..the "pony" and the saxon weatherbeetas are more fitted and built for more narrow horses. I have been happy with both of those styles for Arabs. Not the regular ones so much.
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Here's my favorite blanket for all my Arabs and half Arabs: StormShield® 1680D EURO EXTREME Turnouts in Euro Fit at Schneider Saddlery

They fit like a dream, wear like iron and they come with a 2 year warranty. I also love their junior/pony/foal blankets. Since discovering these blankets I really don't even bother to shop anywhere else for them.

Oh and if you have lots of cold wind, I love bellybands vs criss cross closures.

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I have been called many things but never a narrow horse owner. Hee hee!
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