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    07-25-2012, 10:01 PM

Okay, this is one of the few parts of horse ownership (thus far) that I have slim to no clue about. I'm familiar with fly sheets, winter sheets and waterproof sheets.. and cotton sheets in the summer. However, what do the numbers mean? I found a really awesome turquoise zebra print blanket, and it's called "Zebra Tough-1 600 Denier Ripstop Nylon Sheet", I just don't know what the number is supposed to mean.

So, my question really is, what blankets should I be looking for? I bought him a nice waterproof one awhile ago, but I need one for winter and possibly just a regular turnout sheet for the fall.
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    07-27-2012, 04:12 AM
The higher the denier count, the tougher the rug will be.
You also get those numbers as a 'fill' count, the higher the 'fill' in a rug, the warmer it is.
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    07-27-2012, 08:46 AM
Oh, so how high do they go? Would the 600 be more of a blanket to use in the fall months?
    07-27-2012, 08:59 AM
The denier number refers how hard it is for the fabric to tear but has nothing to do with how thick (warm) it is. The fill is the thickness/warmth of the blanket.

The denier number will depend on your horses situation and is one of those things you may have to experiment with. If he's in a fairly quiet herd then 600 might be okay or it might be shredded in a few days. The highest denier I think I've seen is 2400. Remember this just refers to the fabric strength - so you can have a thin rainsheet that's 600, 1200 or 2400 or pretty much anything else. You can also get a heavyweight 400g filled blanket that's 600, 1200, or 2400 or whatever else.

What blankets you need and styles will depend. My horse gets cold easily and I clip him a bit in the winter so I actually bundle him up with blankets (and he loves it). I know many people who don't use any kind of rain sheet or winter blanket - my horse gets the shivers real bad when it's close to winter and we get the icy rain. He doesn't grow much of a coat but does grow enough to take forever to dry.

Hope this helps
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    07-27-2012, 09:33 AM
Denier refers to the mass of the fibers that are used in the fabric. It is a rough indicator of how tough the fabric is. Higher numbers = tougher fabric

Fill refers to the stuffing of the blanket. Higher numbers = warmer blanket.

Whether 600 denier is adequate depends on your horse. My horse had a 600d rain sheet and he managed to destroy it. First, he rolled in it and snagged the fabric on a stick or rock or something and put a small v-shaped rip in it. I patched that and sent him back out in it. Then he got into some kind of battle with his paddock buddy, and the BO found him wearing the sheet - buckles and straps intact, but every other thing in absolute shreds.

Because he's such a Destructo, I won't get a 600d turnout for him. So far, the 1200d turnouts have been holding up.

YMMV, of course. There are plenty of horses in the barn that are less destructive than mine that have been using 600d turnouts for years.
    07-27-2012, 10:40 AM
My horses require at least a 1200D for their turnout rugs, or shred them within within the day.

As for fill, my clipped horse is quite happy in a 300 in winter, with a lined canvas on top when it's really wet. The youngster is in a 180 overnight when it gets very wet.
    07-27-2012, 12:44 PM
Thanks everyone, that was all a tonne of help!

I'll definitely get him at least a 1200 for winter.. as his previous one was torn up horribly last winter. I'm not sure what it was though since my barn owner had bought it from him. However, this is going to be my first official horse and my first "official" winter with him so I don't have a winter or fall blanket for him. His rain sheet might work, but we usually save it for shows.

Is Tough-1 a decent brand? I'm trying to get all his blankets in turquoise zebra or just zebra, and they carry a bunch of different blankets with different denier values on

ETA: He's just in a pasture with my instructor's pride and joy, Hemi, who is 17.2hh.. as the geldings in the other pasture enjoyed picking on him and he constantly came in with new wounds.
    07-27-2012, 01:35 PM
I'm not familiar with the brand. My horse blankets are by Rambo and Weatherbeeta. Been very happy with both.

What worked REALLY well for me is to go to one of the big online tack stores like Smartpak, or Dover, or, find the product you're interested in, and then go read a bunch of the customer reviews. You'll be able to tell very quickly if the item is durable, because if is not, people complain like mad. You'll also be able to find out if it fits "true" and/or causes rubs, that kind of thing.

It's a very good idea to pay careful attention to the negative reviews, see what people are complaining about. If they're complaining that the color was odd, or the customer service wasn't great, or they don't like the fastening, etc. then I really don't pay much attention. That stuff has to do with personal expectations and preferences, not with the product.

If they're complaining that it wasn't durable, or that the zipper/catch/clip broke after relatively few uses, or that it wasn't waterproof, or that the workmanship and construction aren't good, or that it was supposed to be washable but even when directions were followed, it shrank or fell apart in the laundry, that I do pay attention to, and if an item collects many complaints of that nature I just take it right off my list.

I never buy a piece of horse gear any more without looking at as many reviews as I can - it has saved me so much hassle.
    07-27-2012, 01:38 PM
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I personally don't like the Tough-1 brand. Most of the reviews are not that great. For working on a budget I love the Saxon brand. My mare wore a 1200d 300g for 3 months last year and after I got it washed it still looked brand new. They don't have the weird patterns though that I have found. But if you do go with Tough-1 I think they run big. I have a fleece cooler from them and my 14.3hh arab just drowns in it. I got a small (smallest size they made) for a 66-72 in. Her rain sheet is a 72 and it stuck out from under it all over.
    07-27-2012, 01:39 PM
For example, the reviews of the Tough-1 Wild 600D Turnout sheet on are TERRIBLE. A bunch of people are complaining that the blanket isn't waterproof, has a back seam (this is undesirable), that they're not getting blankets that are as depicted, that it tatters easily, and - for some reason I cannot divine - the fabric smells.

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