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        11-20-2013, 11:52 AM
      #11
    Trained
    I blanket when it's extremely cold (20F or less), when it's windy and cold with wind chills into the 20's, or wet and cold. If my horse is one who grows a decent winter coat, I just use a midweight blanket, on the ones who do not grow winter coats, I use the heavyweights. After many years of experimenting with different cuts of blankets, I've come to the conclusion that this one is my favorite:

    StormShield® CONTOUR COLLAR Bellyband Turnouts in StormShield® Contour Collar Euro Turnout Blankets at Schneider Saddlery



    This style is really durable, has a 2 year guarantee, Schneider's stands behind their products, and it fits everyone from the QH's to the Saddlebreds to the Arabs without trouble. I haven't had wither or shoulder rubs, it doesn't twist, and I have some that are 5 years old and still very much in service with few repairs.
         
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        11-20-2013, 02:57 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I just got this one for my horse: StormShield® 1200D NEW BRITON Bellyband Turnouts in Fitted V-Free at Schneider Saddlery

    He has a really thick, low-set neck and the blanket I got him last year was fine for keeping him clean for a couple hours (the reason I originally got it) but I want to blanket him this year when it goes close to/below freezing at night and the other one was definitely going to leave rubs if it was on that often. I just put it on for the first time last night, so I can't comment too much on it yet, but it looks like it fits really well. I plan on getting the unlined sheet to help keep him clean in turnout on warmer days, too, though I'm waiting to see if there's a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal on it
         
        11-20-2013, 05:03 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by verona1016    
    I just got this one for my horse: StormShield® 1200D NEW BRITON Bellyband Turnouts in Fitted V-Free at Schneider Saddlery

    He has a really thick, low-set neck and the blanket I got him last year was fine for keeping him clean for a couple hours (the reason I originally got it) but I want to blanket him this year when it goes close to/below freezing at night and the other one was definitely going to leave rubs if it was on that often. I just put it on for the first time last night, so I can't comment too much on it yet, but it looks like it fits really well. I plan on getting the unlined sheet to help keep him clean in turnout on warmer days, too, though I'm waiting to see if there's a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal on it
    Wait until the last couple of days of the Scottsdale Horse Show in Feb. It's Feb 13-23 in 2014. On line they'll have some really good deals. At the show....OMG they have some wonderful prices to liquidate what they brought to the show!
         
        11-20-2013, 07:03 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Thank you everyone for these replies! I've learned more from you people in the short time I've been on this forum than I have learned though a lot of reading. :) I think experience is the best kind of knowing, but you all are a darn close second.

    Ripley is a Rocky Mountain Horse. He's not huge, about 15h, and I don't believe he's been blanketed before. I bought him from a neighbor, so no climate change for him.

    If I'm not going to buy a blanket for the sake of cold, which I suspect now I won't, I now have a question about how to deal with times when I ride him/work him to a sweat in super cold temps. I feel like I heard about "coolers" somewhere? But I don't honestly have any idea if that's a real thing, or if it's a necessary thing, or if I just am now making things up.
         
        11-20-2013, 07:14 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Dura-Tech® Contour Wool Blend Cooler in Coolers / Covers at Schneider Saddlery

    Wool is more absorbent than all the polar tech stuff. Still prefer it over just about any other fabric for a cooler.

    My 2nd favorite, but.....it pulls easily if you catch the weave on something.

    Dura-Tech® Cashmelon Plaid in Coolers / Covers at Schneider Saddlery
         
        11-20-2013, 07:14 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Minifarmer    
    I now have a question about how to deal with times when I ride him/work him to a sweat in super cold temps. I feel like I heard about "coolers" somewhere? But I don't honestly have any idea if that's a real thing, or if it's a necessary thing, or if I just am now making things up.
    Just like being wet from the rain, if it's cold and he's sweating a lot, it will give a chill. If it were me, however, I would wait and see if/how much he sweats before investing in anything. Although we're probably not as cold (typically in the 30s), I can ride all day and our mares really don't sweat much except under the saddle pad. I just towel them off, fluff up their hair, and they're fine.
         
        11-25-2013, 08:19 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Minifarmer    
    I feel like I heard about "coolers" somewhere? But I don't honestly have any idea if that's a real thing, or if it's a necessary thing, or if I just am now making things up.

    Oh...coolers exist, they are not made-up, you are not imagining things....
    Coolers are wonderful to have when you ride in cold weather and you need to warm up or cool down that horse without them getting a chill.
    They are not just for when the horse is sweated from exertion but in cold weather it helps to warm the muscles and all areas of their body...just like a runner warms-up and cools down after exercise, your horse is a athlete and needs the same considerations in my opinion. {tuck a wool cooler around you when walking in cold weather and see how comforting it is to the body. You are ready to "work" faster without your body protesting so much so fast!}}

    I prefer all wool coolers for their ability to disperse the moisture from the horse, keep him draft free, warm and the fact that I have almost never had a wool cooler get "wet" like so many other materials can and do.. nothing worse than putting on or needing to wear damp, cold clothes on us when it is cold...no different for your horse.
    The link below is one of the types of coolers on the market.
    It is what I prefer as it doesn't "billow" like a bed sheet could with the big square design of the other style as it is known to do.
    This style can be used during trailering to a show or event instead of your blanket, for a warm-up, cool down or even if you must as a added layer under your blanket for extra warmth.
    I own some of these as they are not super heavy-weight, but a nice mid-weight material. I also own those heavy-weight coolers in the same style {fitted} and find them to be to warm many times.
    This cooler looks beautiful with contrast piping, a hip ornament and braided tail-cord and a leather buckle and a hidden surcingle.
    Many have taken this to have cost hundreds..it did not. It is affordable...
    Here is where I purchased mine from...
    Dover Wool Dress Sheet | Dover Saddlery


    Welcome to the world of horses and their equipment needed, wanted and luxuries.
    Enjoy the adventure...

         
        11-25-2013, 10:11 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    I have been having trouble getting a proper blanket fit so I called Dover and spoke to someone directly and explained my issues so they could make a recommendation I am awaiting that blanket now. I did buy the Schneiders cutback as it's more for my type of horse which is a Freesian cross and it did not work like I was hoping
         
        11-25-2013, 10:36 AM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    I have been having trouble getting a proper blanket fit so I called Dover and spoke to someone directly and explained my issues so they could make a recommendation I am awaiting that blanket now. I did buy the Schneiders cutback as it's more for my type of horse which is a Freesian cross and it did not work like I was hoping
    I tried the cutback blankets for my Arabian stallion when he was showing in halter. I wanted to avoid any possibility of rubbing on the withers and bottom of his mane. I discovered with the cutback style that it frequently put a lot of pressure around his withers, and wasn't at all comfortable for him. I went to the comfort collar and that solved the cutback problem AND solved the rubbing on the withers/mane issue too. So far, that blanket has worked for all of my horses, regardless of breed.
         
        11-25-2013, 10:47 AM
      #20
    Super Moderator
    I have only bought one blanket from Schneiders that was a bad fit - a fly sheet - and when I put in a slightly negative review about it they called me and advised me which one would fit that horse better and sent it as a replacement for the other one but told me I could keep the one that didn't fit well - it actually did fit one of my other horses
    That is what I call customer service!!
    Unless your barn is heated you need to be careful of the thickness of outdoor blanket you use as the horse will feel the cold when you take it off - if he has a good coat then better to stick with a rain sheet type if you don't want to end up putting him in stable blankets as well
         

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