I've been reading a lot of older threads about blankets, and they've been great and helpful, but naturally, when I go to look myself at the actual different ones, I get overwhelmed and confused and feel like I'm back at Square 1. So here's my dilemma:
I think, from what I've read, a Schneider blanket is the one I want to go with, but now I'm not sure which one will work best for my (and Ripley's) needs.
I live in Southern New Hampshire, and it's not arctic or anything here, but it gets mighty cold come January. Ripley already has a pretty solid fluffy winter coat, and I definitely like the idea of him taking care of himself in that regard, but his current paddock doesn't have a windbreak/shelter, and it gets pretty windy. I'm more worried about days when we're seeing teens and single digits than the 30s we're seeing now.
He's kept INSIDE the barn at night, so I don't plan on blanketing him except for days when he's outside and it's 20 or below. Do you have any recommendations for what might work best? Also, I don't really understand the difference in how blankets are cut (VTek, fitted, cutback...omg what?), and I'm not 100% sure if I will need a different kind of blanket for days when I ride him to a sweat when it's all cold and gross outside.
So, to summarize my long post: HELP. I'm confused (as usual) and need blanket advice/expertise!
Thanks in advance,