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.