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    06-15-2011, 02:42 PM
Turnout blankets? Favorite brand, info, etc?

Hey! I know it's summer but the barn I'm bording at requires turnout blankets for all horses by fall. So I have a few questions since I'm new to choosing a good blanket.
What brand works beat for you?
(most durable, warmest, water proof, etc)
What does "grams" mean?
(in the ads for them it says 100 grams of fill)
What's the best material/ mix of materials to have in a blanket?
How do you know what blanket is best for your horse?
How do you know if it's a good fit?
What's a reasonable price for a blanket?
Do you have another additional recommendations for a blanket/ fitting a blanket?
Thanks for any information!!!
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    06-15-2011, 02:45 PM
If your barn requires blankets they might also expect you to buy a specific brand/style.
    06-15-2011, 02:58 PM
The owner just said to have a turn out blanket. Didn't matter brand or style. It gets very cold around here in the winter, that's why they require it.
    06-15-2011, 03:52 PM
I have cheap one: Saxon 600D Waterproof for already 4 years. Just washed them today for the next winter. Besides little rips here and there they still very functional.
    06-15-2011, 04:40 PM
Green Broke
I prefer Rambo's and Amigo's, I also have Rider's International Supreme (from Dover).

The grams of fill are how warm the blanket is. The denier is how sturdy the outer material is.

How much fill you need depends on how cold it gets and how your horse personally deals with cold. My trainer blankets according to each horse's needs so it wasn't an unusual sight last Winter to see everything from 4 layered blankys on one horse to nothing on mine at the same time. My gelding doesn't get cold, he has quite the blanket collection but has yet to wear any of them other than his rain sheet.
    06-17-2011, 12:46 PM
Thanks. Anbody else have an opinion?
    06-17-2011, 07:12 PM
What type of weather do you have where you are? Is it the dry weather that can drop to -40 (celcius) or the bone-chilling humid cold? Is there a lot of snow or is it rainy?
    06-20-2011, 02:01 AM
It gets to maybe -single digit numbers (F) Usually rainy occasionally snow. Sometimes bonechilling winds. Others it's rather warm for a winter nite/day.
In other words the wether here is not really consistent but it cand get pretty cold.
    06-21-2011, 05:31 AM
What brand works beat for you?
(most durable, warmest, water proof, etc)

The higher the denier the more waterproof usually, I like deniers at least 1200... my favourite rug has a denier of 2000

What does "grams" mean?
(in the ads for them it says 100 grams of fill)

Grams is how much fill it has - it usually goes no fill for just a rain sheet, 100 grams is similar to a jute rug or autumn, 200 - 300 is a winter weight for colder places...

What's the best material/ mix of materials to have in a blanket?
Fabric varies but I like a cotton lining a a decent canvas rug

How do you know what blanket is best for your horse?
Usually experience - you learn what fits and doesnt slip...

How do you know if it's a good fit?
Its snug but doesnt pull, cover them to the tail... doesnt slip...

What's a reasonable price for a blanket?
I pay up to 250 for a cover as a rule (Nz Dollars) but depend on the weight - I would expect to pay more for a winter weight cover..

In NZ we have our horse out a lot 24/7 so we tend to have alot of rugs... I have a rain sheet, 100 gram, 220 gram, 300 gram, canvas jute and thermal line, as well as a couple of weighted cotton summer sheets...

Some good brands (Not sure if you have them there) are Weatherbeta, Zilco or shires... Also love Mark todd ones!

Seperates are usually slightley more expensive but tend to save the mame

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    06-21-2011, 05:32 AM
Canvas are good if you have extremes in temperature as they do breathe so if it gets hot chances are that they wont sweat like they will in a synthetic - but synthetics are lighter to lift and more waterproof as a rule

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