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post #1 of 11 Old 09-13-2010, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Fitting a Yearling for A Blanket?

So I'd like to buy my filly a blanket for this upcoming winter, being that we live in CT and get some pretty nasty weather. However, I'm not sure what size to buy her because she's still growing. I measured her the other day, and she would be a perfect size 66. My concern is: how long until she grows out of it? What rate of growth can I expect for her over the winter, being that she is 16 months old now and the weather will be pretty cold through at least late March. Should I buy a 69?? Price is a factor, as I am not made of money.

Also, what are people's opinions of Tough One Blankets? I read a good review about them, but have always been wary because they're so cheap.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-14-2010, 12:08 AM
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when it comes to that i buy second hand blankets. when they out grow them i sell the blanket and move on to the next size

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I would go up a couple inches, because your horse will be growing very quickly as she is so young. I'm about get my two young ones their winter blankets. One is a 65, and I'm ordering a 69 so it will fit through the winter which is long where I am. He had a Tough One Blanket when he was first born, it was cheap and worked really well. I'm ordering him a different brand this time, because I like the appearance of it better. I'm getting my draft a Tough-One Blanket though, because it has long sides that fit better on drafts then some other blanket brands do and its cheap for a heavy weight blanket which he's going to need.
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Last winter when my filly was a weanling she measured 60"/62"ish so I bought her a 64". The length was fine all winter even though she did a lot of growing, her problem was the neck - since she's not wide, it hung down low on her chest. Not low enough to be dangerous, just low... So, I wouldn't go too big for that reason.

I know this winter, she'll probably be in a 70" and I know the neck is still going to be too big for her yearling thiness (not skinny... thin as in not filled out).

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post #5 of 11 Old 09-14-2010, 02:46 AM
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My Beau, have you tried one of those hoods that attaches to blankets? It would probably help with it from hanging down so low, and would keep out any cold, or wetness that could get in the free space around her neck.
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I live in Wisconsin, as you know, our weather is crazy. Do you guys blanket your yearlings all season long? I wasnt going to blanket mine, but wondering why you are? Just curious. She is my first young horse, well second, but my first one I never blanketed. She gets super fuzzy but she does stay outside. I hate when they shiver but we do supplement with plenty of hay. We arent as priveledged as some who have shelters or stalls. They have shelters but not where they stay under. They would rather stand in the weather than to be under something.
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I had my horse shipped in from Iowa. I know she spent last winter unblanketed but I'm not sure how cold it really got there. In CT it not only gets cold, but also really windy and wet, usually all at the same time. I'd like to leave her naked for as long as possible and hopefully she'll have a nice enough coat that she won't need a blanket, but I need to have at least one or two around for emergencies. I like the Tough One's because the colors they come in are adorable, but I don't want to buy something that's going to be shredded in a week.
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I live in Wisconsin, as you know, our weather is crazy. Do you guys blanket your yearlings all season long? I wasnt going to blanket mine, but wondering why you are? Just curious. She is my first young horse, well second, but my first one I never blanketed. She gets super fuzzy but she does stay outside. I hate when they shiver but we do supplement with plenty of hay. We arent as priveledged as some who have shelters or stalls. They have shelters but not where they stay under. They would rather stand in the weather than to be under something.
I live in Wisconsin too. My horses all grow their winter coats and then if the weather gets bad, but not bad enough to bring them in, I blanket them. Usually only if it's raining, snowing, windy, or windy and snowing. I know how bad our winters can get so I usually get a heavier-duty blanket(water-proof)and use it when needed

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I only blanketed my weanling when it was obscenely windy and/or rainy. They don't have a run-in in the field, so they need something outside in the bad weather. If it was really nasty out, they were brought into their stalls. If it was just cold, her fuzziness kept her plenty warm.

Vext, that's a good idea about the hood. But, I feel like MD's winter aren't bad enough to need a hood :)

Here's a pic where you can see how low her sheet sat on her chest. She ended up with mild rubs on her shoulder from her blanket, which sat slightly lower... She was 7 months old here.
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That baby pic is so adorable!!

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