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        06-21-2011, 09:40 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    When I blanketed, I used a Saxon medium weight waterproof blanket on my girls and I really liked it. One of them made it through two winters and still has no rips or anything. The other one is also rip free but I only used it one winter. It did a good job of keeping my girls cozy and warm, the only thing is if I thought of it back when I bought them I would have gotten a high neck (not covering ALL of the neck, just higher than your usual neck).
         
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        06-21-2011, 03:27 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kmdstar    
    When I blanketed, I used a Saxon medium weight waterproof blanket on my girls and I really liked it. One of them made it through two winters and still has no rips or anything. The other one is also rip free but I only used it one winter. It did a good job of keeping my girls cozy and warm, the only thing is if I thought of it back when I bought them I would have gotten a high neck (not covering ALL of the neck, just higher than your usual neck).
    IM curious as im not sure if they are the same as the saxons here but did you find them a small fit? I've always had to go up a size in the saxons :)
         
        06-22-2011, 10:02 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I like Schneiders blankets. Horsewear at Schneider Saddlery They hold up well and are reasonably priced. Most of the blankets that I have purchased from them have been around $80 to $90.

    I use medium weight blankets which usually run in the lower 200's as far as fill. Anything close to 300 grams and over is a heavy weight blanket. I live in Virginia and we still get some nasty weather in the single digits (F). My horses are out 24/7 with barn access, and they seem just fine.

    Make sure that your blanket says WATERPROOF, not water resistant or weather resistant, if they are going to be out in the rain.

    Denier does not have anything to do with how waterproof a blanket is. Denier has to do with the strength of the fibers in the blanket. The higher denier, the more abuse a blanket can take, such as biting and pulling from both the horse wearing it and other horses.

    A good fitting blanket will cover the horse completely without his bottom hanging out the back. Look closely at the shoulders to see if it is tight. If it looks like it is pulled tight against his shoulders and chest, this could cause rub marks on your horse.

    Since all horses are different, what works for my horse may not work for yours. It is all trial and error until you find the one that fits your horse the best. Most places will let you return a blanket if you just tried it on your horse and did not get it dirty. When trying them out, put a bed sheet on your horse so that the blanket stays clean.
         
        06-22-2011, 10:33 PM
      #14
    Banned
    I bought Froggy a Saxon in an emergency type situation and I ended up loving it. Would totally recommend them to anyone looking for a tough, warm blanket. Froggy can be kind of hellish on blankets as he is quite the dirtball. I quick spray down with a hose and all that muck came right off and the blanket looks better than brand new.

    I would rather buy a Saxon and pay to have it professionally laundered and rewaterproofed. I am cheap though...lol
         
        06-23-2011, 06:45 AM
      #15
    Trained
    I have had really good luck with the Riders (dovers brand) in the 1200 denier. They make all different weights, have an easy close front with velcro and clips instead of the buckles I can NOT do up when it is cold, gussetted shoulders, leg straps.......and they come in many weights and fits for my drafty and my "normal" horse. I have also found that no matter what I buy from them (I have tried other kinds), they stand behind it. I have had a couple (one Riders and one a Weatherbeeta Orican) that my new guy ripped within the ffirst month. It was clearly a horse thing, not the fault of the blanket, but they had me send it back (complete with mud!) and they replaced it. No questions asked.

    My old guy has had the same Riders sheet for 4 yrs-the new one....well he is a blanket destroyer since he loves to roll, But they seem to be holding up ok for him too.
         
        06-23-2011, 10:24 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jody111    
    IM curious as im not sure if they are the same as the saxons here but did you find them a small fit? I've always had to go up a size in the saxons :)

    My 72 was a bit big on my mare, it would hang off her butt a little and there was just too much extra space in the chest so her chest would get wet if it rained. I probably should have gotten her a 70, she wears 72 in mostly everything though. Same blanket fit great on my ugh...well rounded mare with her big broad shoulders. Depends on the horses build I guess, if you have a more refined horse I might go a size smaller with the Saxon blankets. I'd get more opinions on that though!

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    I bought Froggy a Saxon in an emergency type situation and I ended up loving it. Would totally recommend them to anyone looking for a tough, warm blanket. Froggy can be kind of hellish on blankets as he is quite the dirtball. I quick spray down with a hose and all that muck came right off and the blanket looks better than brand new.

    I would rather buy a Saxon and pay to have it professionally laundered and rewaterproofed. I am cheap though...lol
    I bought my first Saxon also in kind of an emergency situation and have been a fan ever since. That's why we bought a second one! LOL funny how that works out.

    Aren't they cute? (yes, Dream ripped her tail cover off like a beyotch!)
         

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