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post #1 of 7 Old 12-10-2008, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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gelding tearing up turnout blanket

My alpha gelding tore up my other geldings blanket.First I thought Butler got it caught on something then there were more and more rips and tears.I have seen Chanee grabbing it(Im sure due to boredom)Well it was sooo bad and couldnt possibly be fixed so I went last night and bought another one for Butler. I sprayed some bitter apple on it to deter the biting and ripping but will have to reapply daily due to the rain.Im hoping Chanee gets a taste then leaves it alone.Cant afford to keep buying blankets.
Any other suggestions on what to apply?
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-10-2008, 09:28 PM
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What kind of blankets are you using? I never buy anything less then 1000 Denier nylon because they tears so easily. I think most of the blankets I have are at least 1200 if not more. I don't know if they'll withstand determined biting and pulling either but maybe it'll slow them down!
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-10-2008, 09:45 PM
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Not sure what to put on it... but you can try sewing up rips with dental floss. It's super strong! Can you give more hay or a toy so he won't feel the need to pick on the other norse?
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-10-2008, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Well the tears in the old blanket were too bad to sew, but when I went to feed this evening I saw a tear in the new blanket so while he ate I used fishing line and repaired it best I could, then I herd a rucus later in the dark and went to check them out to find another tear on the top of the rump!I am tempted on throwing his tore up blanket on top of the new but dont know if he would get too hot.Havent gotten over 50* during the day but gets low 30's and going to be in the teens this weekend.
They have plenty of hay out, thinking bout throwing a bucket w/o handle for them to throw around.Its so frustrating.
Couldnt tell you much about the turnouts, cept the first one cost me 130 from a western shop and it was an Amigo, and the second was 100 on sale for 80 and it was the same thickness and material.I'll check out the tag/bag when I feed in the morning.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-16-2008, 11:30 PM
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It sounds like he's bored so he's chewing on his friends blanket. Have you ever thought about trying the kensington super mesh blanket? Here is the link. The blanket is completely waterproof and very durable!

Kensington Winter Turnout Blankets
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-17-2008, 01:06 AM
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If they have shelter and plenty of hay, then they don't really NEED blankets. I would save them until you get a bought of freezing rain and high winds or something similar, where they might actually benefit from a blanket.

If they shiver without a blanket, and they have free choice hay, then you might try putting a heavy duty fly sheet OVER the blanket. That won't make the horse hotter, but will give your alpha something else to go through before getting to the blanket.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-21-2008, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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We are having freezing temps,snow,and high winds.The reason I put a blanket on them to begin with was my appy wasnt getting fuzzy like the other gelding.
I ended up buying another(2nd)and he tore that up too so before it got real bad I put the old one on top.My main concern was the rain getting the filler wet where it was ripped.Seems to have done the trick.I also put some balls out and a friend gave me one of those horse balls w/ the handle for them to play with.
Next winter there will be some sort of seperation between them to avoid this hehe.
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