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    11-28-2011, 01:29 PM
  #1
Weanling
medium or heavy weight?

I am way over due to get my mare another new blanket. I don't want to sound stupid but what would you do? Medium or heavy?

She's a hard keeper, 5 y/o TB. She's biiiig though and has the body to carry the weight, just hard to keep the weight once it's there. She has a lightweight stable blanket that currently goes under her medium weight. Her medium weight was a nice new one but her first time out in the new field she ripped the biggest slice down the shoulder so fast forward to now - she gets a new one. I've noticed that she'd still getting quite the winter coat in some areas, and since she's a hard keeper this leads me to believe I should maybe be thinking about a heavy weight rather than another medium weight. We're expecting a cold winter. We already have lots of wind and rain storms, and have had a couple weeks where the wind chill was -15, and day temps are around 3c. But the weather fluctuates quite a bit here so one week it's brutal the next it's decent. I've just never had such a finicky horse. Oh yea and she's on turn out every 3 days, but does have a good sized run out she's free to use at all hours attached to her stall. I plan to clip her at some point, not sure when I've got a good amount of time (she's never been clipped and I imagine it won't be the easiest task).

So medium or heavy weight? Keep in mind that if I get a medium she does have her stable blanky as well, though that is what I do currently and if I were her I'd be cold =S
     
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    11-28-2011, 01:52 PM
  #2
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I'd get get a heavy weight, and fix the medium weight myself so I had both.

It's not hard to fix a blanket sufficiently (and super cheaply) if you have iron on patches, access to a sewing machine, and waterproofing spray. You just iron one patch on to the inside of the hole and another to the outside, then sew (make sure the inner layer and the lining is lined up correctly first!) twice around the edges of the patch with a zig-zag stitch and spray liberally with waterproofing.

What I've found to work best is if you get a yard of ripstop nylon cloth and some stuff called "bond paper" (which is basically the sticky-ish stuff on the back on an iron on patch), then make your own iron-on using the cloth and the paper. It's often cheaper, especially if the hole is large, which is sounds like it is.

I have one blanket that I've fixed like that and it's held up really well (and is still waterproof) for the last 3 years, after it was ripped 4 years ago.
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    11-28-2011, 07:31 PM
  #3
Weanling
Get a medium and a lightweight blanket/turnout sheet - then layer them together on the nights when it gets really cold in order to make a heavy :)

Or, you can just buy a reasonably priced medium and heavy and just alternate them as necessary.
     
    12-02-2011, 05:45 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Wallaby    
I'd get get a heavy weight, and fix the medium weight myself so I had both.

It's not hard to fix a blanket sufficiently (and super cheaply) if you have iron on patches, access to a sewing machine, and waterproofing spray. You just iron one patch on to the inside of the hole and another to the outside, then sew (make sure the inner layer and the lining is lined up correctly first!) twice around the edges of the patch with a zig-zag stitch and spray liberally with waterproofing.

What I've found to work best is if you get a yard of ripstop nylon cloth and some stuff called "bond paper" (which is basically the sticky-ish stuff on the back on an iron on patch), then make your own iron-on using the cloth and the paper. It's often cheaper, especially if the hole is large, which is sounds like it is.

I have one blanket that I've fixed like that and it's held up really well (and is still waterproof) for the last 3 years, after it was ripped 4 years ago.
I never thought of fixing it myself. My Grandma is pretty handy with a sewing machine, I could get her to do it it's quite the hole though, but I am sure we could figure out a way to fix it.

Where can I find waterproofing spray? How much is it?
     
    12-02-2011, 06:25 PM
  #5
Yearling
Look in camping or hiking. A can of waterproofing spray is usually $5 or so. It is commonly used for shoes and tents.
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    12-02-2011, 06:57 PM
  #6
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Grayshell is right! :)
I got waterproofing spray at Fred Meyers (not sure if you guys have that there...it's basically a department/grocery store) in the camping section. I got something called "Camp Dry" which, at least for me, was the least expensive option (around $5) and it's worked just as well as a more expensive product.
     
    12-02-2011, 08:14 PM
  #7
Weanling
I'd get the heavy weight. I'd also repair the medium weight so that you can use it if (and more likely when) she rips the heavy. That way you'll have a back up.

I have a blanket destroyer (4 in one winter is the standing record) and it helps to repair the torn ones and keep them on hand as back-ups.

In order to sew a blanket, the easiest way I've found to sew up blankets is to take a heavy needle and some plastic-type thread (think fishing line or jewelry thread) and sew it up by hand.
     
    12-09-2011, 03:58 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SaddleOnline    
I'd get the heavy weight. I'd also repair the medium weight so that you can use it if (and more likely when) she rips the heavy. That way you'll have a back up.

I have a blanket destroyer (4 in one winter is the standing record) and it helps to repair the torn ones and keep them on hand as back-ups.

In order to sew a blanket, the easiest way I've found to sew up blankets is to take a heavy needle and some plastic-type thread (think fishing line or jewelry thread) and sew it up by hand.
4 in one winter? That is crazy! At least you keep them on hand.

I am definitely going to be trying to fix this one, it's a pretty hefty rip, but I'd much rather fix it myself and save the money and then be able to keep it on hand just in case she turns out to be a blanket destroyer like your horse
     

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