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post #1 of 13 Old 07-06-2010, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Blankets

I'm looking for a winter blanket for my guy. I'm not sure what size he is, but I found some online that come in all sizes. Tell me which one you like best!

Tough-1 Polar 2100 Denier Nylon Turnout Blanket: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com
Dover Saddlery | NorthWind Heavy Turnout Blanket .
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Dover Saddlery | WeatherBeeta Orican Combo Turnout Blanket .
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-06-2010, 03:16 PM
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Hmmm... May I ask where do you live? Depending on the weather in winter you want to go with the more/less insulation. Same stands for Denie: if your horse is by himself, you may want to go with the lower one, if other aggressive horses in same field - with the highest one. Everything you posted is pretty sick.

I use just Saxon 600D with
180 g polyfill for 3 years in row (jeffersequiene.com --> search for Saxon blanket) and they still go strong. However I'm in MD (read, pretty mild winter) and my horses are togehter in ield by themself (read, don't try to rip-off each other blanket, well, almost).

Weatherbeta is a nice brand, and Dover is a good place to shop. I personally not big fan of Chick's (been there in person and they come to the Expo every year), because everything they sell seems to be on cheap side. BTW, don't be fooled by those "retail for" price. I don't think it's same as "sale".
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I live in Maryland (same as you?!). So, I guess as you know, last winter was AWFUL with the huge blizzard. Lol.
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I live in Maryland (same as you?!). So, I guess as you know, last winter was AWFUL with the huge blizzard. Lol.
Ha-ha! That's funny. Yes, last winter was pretty bad. But even though what I have was enough for them to stay dry and warm (I checked under the blanket all the time during snow time). If you don't clip your horse then I'd just go with with 100+ insulation and 1200D if you board (actually I'd say 1200D is a better choice in general). If you do clipping during the winter (most people I know don't besides those fancy jumping facilities) then you indeed want something heavier for him to stay warm. I wish I could afford Weatherbeta, but it's out of my range at the moment.
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I think the lowest temp we had here in Manc last year was -17 degrees celcius and I had 1 medium weight with hood, 1 medium weight, a fleece and a cotton sheet on at night. I only took one medium weight rug off for the day time!

Heh I work it out if ima cold she must be :)

No clip either.
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For the more temperate climates like Maryland and Virginia, I wouldn't buy anything more than a medium weight blanket.

The heavy weight blankets are for the extreme climates, not what we have here farther south.

I rarely blanket mine, because their winter coats keep them warm and insulated. Except for my TB who is rather thin skinned, I don't blanket at all unless the temps are well below 30 degrees.

We tend to overthink blanketing. Horses do not feel cold like people. When we're shivering and miserable, they think it's great weather.
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I'm also in Maryland and don't own anything heavier than a medium my 3 horses. There was 1 bitter/windy night this winter where they had their mediums on over a sheet (because they don't have a run-in). I could have kept them in, but it was right after all the snow and they had spent a LOT of time inside... so, if you need to - you can always layer.

I'm a HUGE fan of the dover blankets - both the Northwind line as well as Rider's International. Weatherbeetas are nice depending on the "model" - I find they don't fit my wide QH all that well.

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We tend to overthink blanketing. Horses do not feel cold like people. When we're shivering and miserable, they think it's great weather.
I have to disagree, SR. My paint LOVES when I put a blanket on her. Even though she has even heavier coat than my qh and she's not in any way on skinny side (actually my qh is not a fan of the blanket). If I put blanket on my qh and step away for a moment I can see the paint gets really worried about not getting hers on. It's pretty funny to watch actually.
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Piffle kitten, it's just because she thinks she's missing out on something if you don't dress her up. Girls and their outfits, y'know.

She might like it, but she doesn't really need it. Not in our fairly warm temps.

My Ayrabs go nekkid, even the 24 y/o. The 12 y/o doesn't tolerate blankets well, so I only put one on him when it's truly miserable outside.

The TB is thin skinned and doesn't grow the world's greatest winter coat, so he gets his Rambo put on as soon as I can see him starting to twitch.

My 12 y/o Arabian looks like a goat in the winter. A very large goat, but still a goat.
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Piffle kitten, it's just because she thinks she's missing out on something if you don't dress her up. Girls and their outfits, y'know.

She might like it, but she doesn't really need it. Not in our fairly warm temps.
Ha-ha! I'm definitely not arguing with THAT!

Funny enough she loves all those extra stuff: splint boots, bell boots, blankets, and so on. My qh (also being a mare ) equally dislikes all of these.
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