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  • Horse turnoutblanket vs turnout sheet
  • 600D vs 1200D turnout blanket

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    09-09-2011, 02:51 PM
Question: Sheets vs Blankets?

My horse ripped his winter turnout blanket that was 1200d but he honestly didn't need it. I only used it when it was snowing hard and it was dropping below 0 degrees.

I was wondering if I could use a 600d turnout sheet and still provid wind resistance and water resistance of about the same value as his last one. It will be used the same as the last one and maybe worn throughout the day/night.

He is on 24hr turnout with a 3sided shelter- Roundbails all day and grain at night. And he isn't body clipped either.

Is there any real difference other than warmth?

Most importantly! Is it safe?
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    09-09-2011, 03:05 PM
Ummmm, I don't know where you live, but if it gets down to 0 or below, my horses have a heavy turnout and at least a windsheet on top to cut wind chill. Granted I have some very fine coated horses and they don't hair up like some others but I can't imagine not blanketing when it gets below 30 at the very least. Just my thoughts on it though, I know not everyone feels the same.
    09-09-2011, 03:30 PM
Being wet in the cold and wind is what really chills them the most. A waterproof rain sheet to keep them dry and block the wind is really all you need if you don't clip your horses.
    09-09-2011, 04:26 PM
My boy gets thick fur during the winter So I believe the turnout sheet will work fine.

Another question!

How do you all feel about the brand Saxon for sheets/blankets?
    09-09-2011, 04:31 PM
Can't answer re: Saxon, I've never used them. I've found that the Scneider's brand Dura Tech turnouts, blankets and sheets are the least expensive for the quality and last me the longest. Only other blankets I've had that outlasted Schneiders were Royal Riders but that was back when I only had a couple of horses and could afford $300/blanket. I bought 3 of them back in 1999 and still have 2 of them. The Scnheiders have all lasted me at least 3 winters and still look pretty good. I don't recommend WeathaBeeta or Landau (I have a couple of those and they faded reallllly bad plus their hardware doesn't seem to last more than 1 season). I love love love Baker sheets and blankets for stabled horses or under a Waterproof sheet. They last forever too.

Here's a link to Schneider's and I use the Storm Shield 1680D Euro Extreme Turnout. They have a 2 year guarantee and Schneider's really backs their products if you have a problem. These come with your choice of Sheet, Midweight or Heavy depending on your climate. They're waterproof, wash up like a dream and last.
    09-09-2011, 04:44 PM
I looked at the Saxon Brand products, they are not as durable as Schneider's. I'd repair his 1200D as the cheapest alternative if the blanket is repairable and if not I'd buy one of the Schneider's products that is more durable. 600D won't last a season if he's already destroyed a 1200D blanket, I wouldn't think.
    09-09-2011, 04:59 PM
Green Broke
Dreamcatcher-since I am on mobile, I can't see where you live, but I am going to assume in the States, which makes your 0 really cold. However, if the OP is in Canada, our 0 is your 32 degrees. Still cold yes, but not the same.

OP--to my knowledge, sheets are more indoor use, and do not always have weather proofing, where a blanket is geared more towards the outdoors. (Besides rain sheets)
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    09-09-2011, 05:26 PM
Velvet, you're right about the 0 thing. Since the OP didn't specify I just assumed it to be F not C. For some reason I thought he/or she was in the US too, but really could be anywhere.

The Schneider's sheets being 1680 D are going to be tighter than the 600 D Saxon's anyhow. Schneider's are wind and waterproof and breathable so no sweating under the sheet either. I just find them to be a really superior product, so was wanting her/him to at least have a look, regardless of the ultimate choice.
    09-09-2011, 08:48 PM
Ha Sorry about that Im in the US. So yes fahrenheit. Indiana has pretty dry winters(Dec-March).

His last blanket was poorly fitted, and he busted the entire front out, ripping the buckles from the seams on both sides. So its not really worth it to repair.
He's really not that hard on blankets. I.e. His fly sheet looks brand new and its been on him all summer.

I like the look of the Schneiders. Maybe I'll get one of those instead! Lol.
    09-09-2011, 09:16 PM
We've had a set of Saxon 1200d rain sheets like Saxon 1200D Standard Neck Lite Turnout Sheet - for our mares for years. No tears, rips, or broken buckles.

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