I'm nto sure if it's the same in USA as Australia, but if it is, then I advise you to steer clear of Saxon. I bought one, and it was the worst fitting rug i've bought, rubbed my horse a ridiculous amount and just wasn;t very practical. It may be different quality and such over there, but just a heads up.
Is it also "Made in US" or somewhere else? :) I got 2, and both are really good qualities, no rubs, no rip-offs from horse teeth, and stayed dry in ice storm. My paint is in love with the blanket (seriously) and gets very worried when I'm putting blanket on qh, and not on her (she's usually 2nd in line).
P.S. I found out "China-made" in US, and say "China-made" in Europe have HUGE difference in quality, so may be same about Saxon and "Made in US". Lol!
I personally favor the Rambo's, but they do not come in burgundy...but I feel they last the longest.
I also have a couple Pessoa Alpine midweight turnouts, which are great for weather when you still need a blanket, but it's not super cold.
They come in pretty plaid, and are so far durable for my two.
I havent had alot of experience w/ Weatherbeetas, but the only thing I can say is that I think they're good blankets, but their waterproofing doesnt last.
We have 5 yr old + rambo blankets that are stil perfectly waterproof. We also do not wash them, however.
That one is a heavyweight Rambo, 360 gram insulation that def. Keeps the horses toasty. :)
The Rhino blankets I have found to fit well, but are made of a weaker denier (outside shell) that rips easily if your horses are turned out and are playful.
I don't but anything under 1200 denier for my girls, but partially because they are turned out with 12 other mares, and I need them to withstand the 'mare abuse'!
I have never owned a Saxon, so I cannot comment on those..
Oh, the Amigo blankets are decent as well, though some have low denier.
The denier, really, doesnt matter if your horse is turned out by himself. But horses get to playing tug of war and you need something strong!!
Hope that helps! You should check out www.equestriancolections.com, they have a good assortment of blankets.
I have ordered from there and have never had a problem! You can get those blankets that they carry, however, elsewhere. Just search the blanket name and other tack shops carry all of them. That way you can go w/ someone you trust. :)
I'll order from them,now that I know someone who has successfully ordered from them. I do like their rambo quarter horse blanket. I'm thinking it might fit Vega better. I'm going to measure her today when I see her. I'm going to put Gem's 76 blanket on her and see how it fits her.