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post #1 of 25 Old 10-23-2012, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Blanket for urgent or ER needs

Because there will be a time when Digby will really need a blanket in an urgent or emergency situation (and at that very moment in time there will be none to be found within a 100 mile radius) Iím looking to buy one now.
He is, after all, a horse and like it is with horsesÖ itís not a matter if something will ever happen, but when something will happen.
And, blankets have really changed since I last owned horses.

Digby is a pleasingly plump pasture puff pleasure horse who is a ridiculously easy keeper. He will have a nice fuzzy coat of his own for winter and with no real hard work in his near future, has no need to be clipped or kept blanketed. He does not like to be cooped up at all and is on free turnout with the abilty to come and go from the barn as he pleases.
Last winter was mild here, but still cold and even though he came from a warmer state, he did just fine. (Still had a friendís blanket on standby though.)

Should he get really wet and catch a chill, or need some extra warmth because we are dealing with an injury, colic, or whateverÖ. What type of blanket do you guys with wooly buggers keep on hand for those types of situations?

Iím thinking a turnout/weatherproof one so he can wear it outside if need be, somewhere in the 600 denier range (heís not hard on stuff) with anything from no fill to light or medium fill.
I'm not sure a turnout sheet/no fill blanketis the best choice in case he truly does get cold, but on the other hand I donít know that a heavier blanket is wise either, since he will be a fuzzy wuzzy and might overheat even during a sick episode.
Since he will probably only ever wear a few days a year, Iím only looking to get one general all around blanket.
Iím open for suggestions on which ones/brands are good and which ones to stay away from.
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I would be looking towards a nice solid canvas with a light felt lining. A woollen lining might be a bit too warm for him.
If you want to go down the path of a synthetic, it's preferable to use a cotton rug underneath as the synthetics do not breathe well. Also MUCH easier to just throw a cotton in the washing machine when it gets gunky, rather than trying to wash a whole synthetic rug.
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Thanks for the suggestion of a canvas blanket. For whatever reason, I hadn't previously paid a whole lot of attention to them but after you mentioned it I looked at them more in depth.

I had thought my modest blanket budget would really limit my options..... wrong!
Drove myself batty the other day shopping online for some and think I narrowed down some choices. Then I got wind of a hurricane coming and bringing with it a week of nasty cold temps with rain and snow.

Luckily I had just found a lined canvas blanket at the feed store yesterday for a great price and went back to get it today. Still have enough left in the budget for another light turnout that could be used if the canvas soaks through, or in conjuction with the canvas if it turns frigid for any length of time.
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Check these out for over the canvas:

These are pricey but indestructable, I bought 3 back in 2005 and they still look like new:

As long as I have a horse that fits a 72" sheet, I'll never need to buy another.
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
Check these out for over the canvas:

These are pricey but indestructable, I bought 3 back in 2005 and they still look like new:

As long as I have a horse that fits a 72" sheet, I'll never need to buy another.
That's so funny! After hours of reading, looking, and research the other day, the Aquanon ended up at the top of the list.
I was thinking of getting the midweight, but with the lined canvas I bought today, perhaps the sheet is what I now need.

Do you know if the sheet has a liner at all?
What is your impression of the Aquanons?
(I'm a hands on kind of shopper and find ordering this type of stuff online hard.)
Please feel free to share what you like and don't like about these blankets.
My horse is regular to full bodied with mutton withers and short back, if that helps.
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personaly I'd get smething like the horseware amigo turnout in a medium weight.

a light weiht/no fill is nothing but a wind break. It will not keep your horse any warmer as it flattend the coat and prevents the cat from trapping air and keepin the horse warm.

The horseware rugs are synthetic but they breathe which means you can put them on a wet horse if needs be and they can be left on! It also means that they are nowhere near as heavy as a canvas rug when wet.
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Thanks Faye. The Amigo was also on my list. Without gussets would shoulder rubs be a concern?
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I love my Amigo, no rubs whatsoever and my doofus runs around like an idiot in his.

I have a sheet and a fleece blanket so I can layer if he's "cold" or just a sheet if I am just shielding him from wind or rain

I'm probably not a good one to ask though, my wooly mammoth has 2 sheets, a fleece blanket, a medium weight turnout, a heavy weight turnout and possibly a 2nd medium weight... gotta try it on. Does he actually wear all his... um well no but if he gets sick or wet, I am all set!!
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Well, just to throw another wrench in, my favorite brand is Weatherbeeta - Lacey's had rubs with everything else (but, blankets and horses are like humans and clothes - one brand of jeans might fit great but the same size in a different brand might fit terribly).

I think pretty much all your questions have been answered and I don't know too much about those brands you're considering.
As far an experiences go, like Delfina's guy, Lacey has more blankets than she could ever literally "need" - 1 HW, 2 MW (one is pretty new, the other is a "back-up" that has seen better days), 2 LW, and one fleece sheet. However, I really like that she has that many blankets. I've kind of built my blanket "collection" over the years. The second year I had her, she only had that beat-up midweight (new at the time) which was fine but there were times that she got cold (even with a coat like a mammoth, but she seems to "run cold" as a general rule - except in the summer, she overheats easily too).
The next year (the year she came home) I got her the HW in the fall and we had a much better winter. Then in the spring, I splurged for the second MW and a LW - that was great because sometimes the first MW would get damp inside during one of those torrential PNW rainstorms and I could switch out a damp blanket for a fresh cozy one without increasing Lacey's warmth level.
The LW is perfect for the spring/early fall when it's just nippy enough to get Lacey cold but not literally COLD.
And then, I bought her the second MW last spring because it's a pattern I adore and....yeah, I have no excuse.

Actually, right now she's wearing her second (the old) MW. Her usual, newer, MW is nearly soaked through so I've given it the day+night off. The old MW is pretty waterproof but it is leaky (someone walked under a low branch a couple of years ago and ripped it allll the way down the mid-line - I "fixed" it but you can only fix something so well, you know?).

Anyway, that is all to say that while one blanket can function in a pinch really well, sometimes it's relaxing to have options.

Oh! Also, out of Lacey's blankets, 3 out of 5 have shoulder gussets. 1 with gussets (the HW) rubs her something awful (I think it's a size too small - I was expecting it to be sized like a WB -WB's run big- even though it's a "Pessoa", silly me!) but none of the others rub at all, even without gussets. I don't know if that holds true for all brands/horse shapes but that's what I've found! :)
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