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post #1 of 8 Old 08-24-2011, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Winter blanket help!

I just moved to west texas where I hear that it gets below 10! Even colder. With snow.
I have never had a horse in this so call me a rookie with it comes to heavy blankets !

I have a show horse that I will have under a 200watt light. Inclosed barn.well semi inclosed I guess. The doors are still very drafty. I have heard to buy a slinky, do a light blanket, then a heavy blanket? Or is there a better option? Or do I get all three types of blankets? Light medium and heavy ?

So im asking what is considered a good light weight and a good heavy weight/medium weight. Is a good heavy would it be a 1800 D?

Please help. We are getting below 70 at night and I am going out to buy a sheet to start putting on him.


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post #2 of 8 Old 08-24-2011, 06:38 PM
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A lightweight blanket will have around 80 to 100 grams of fill. A mid-weight blanket will have around 180 to 250 grams of fill. A heavyweight blanket usually runs about 300 or more grams of fill.

"D" stands for denier and has to do with the strength of the blanket, not the warmth. 600D is on the low end and usually cheaper. This would be ok for stall use, if your horse does not try to rub the blanket against the stall walls. I would not recommend for turn out if there are other horses turned out with yours. 1200D is your next step up and is pretty good for horses that are a little hard on their blankets. If your horse (or horses that he is turned out with) are hard on the blankets, go with 1680D or more.

My horses are out 24/7 with access to shelter and I only use a blanket when the temps drop into the teens and we are expecting anything wet. They all have their fuzzy winter coats and I use mid-weight blankets.

As for stalled horses, someone else will have to help you with what weight blanket will serve you best.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-24-2011, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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ohh ok I get it now.
So is it a good to layer blankets like sheet ad heavy or even 3 deep with layers?
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Is your horse clipped? Are you trying to keep him from growing a winter coat? That will make a big difference in what you need.

You don't have to be crazy to work in a barn, they'll train you!
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Yes he is clipped and naked! So I want to keep a nice short coat!
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For the really cold nights, I would go with a heavy blanket with a separate fleece liner. I don't like to layer more then two blankets. More then that and they can get bunched and cause rubs and sores on your horse. Your best bet would be to ask people who have lived in the area for a while and also have clipped horses.

It is just so hard to tell. You have taken away any ability that your horse has to keep himself warm, so you really have to keep a close eye on them until you are sure that you have the right combination. Some horses run hotter then others and are uncomfortable and sweat in heavy blankets, other are very sensitive to the cold and just can't get warm enough, no matter what you put on them. Either way, it needs to be right or you can be creating other health issues.

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I have the vet coming out on Tuesday and I am going to ask his opinion on it. He is the only clipped / show horse in the barn so no one really knows . I have heard a nylon sheet with a heavy blanket . With a sleazy. When snowing . I'm so new to this whole snow thing I am scared he will get sick
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I live in Texas as well, and my horses are show Thoroughbred and think its cold when it gets in the 70's! Wimps... haha

Here's what I do: I have a light sheet with no fill in it that I put on them when its wet and not too cold. I also have a medium weight blanket for the colder times, and when its REALLY bad I just layer them to make a heavy weight. When I layer them I usually use a sleazy to keep from rubbing and keep their necks insulated. But if your guy is shaved close down (I don't clip mine, they just don't drow hair) you might consider a hoodie with fill in it for his neck.

I reccomend Schneiders saddlery, they have a HUGE blanket selection. Def talk to your vet though!

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