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post #11 of 22 Old 01-09-2013, 04:52 PM
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Haha yes if you are able to buy when on sale that is great. I buy mostly used so ss blankets used are much higher than I feel a used blanket should be. I absolutely will not spend more than 60 on a blanket. I have a Weatherbeeta rain sheet bought new, a fleece cooler bought new, a Saxon heavy 1200d bought new, a Saxon medium bought used and my Amigo heavy bought used and I paid under $200 for all of them combined.

Now if I ever found them on a huge sale, yes I would buy one. When I looked at them at the beginning of winter they were way out of my price range and I bought my medium and amigo for less than one of those medium would be new.
I won't buy used blankets because of the chance of skin issues.
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post #12 of 22 Old 01-09-2013, 04:56 PM
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I wash them :) I have a local tack store that does all the hard work for me for a small price.
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post #13 of 22 Old 01-09-2013, 06:00 PM
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I agree with Saxon and Schneider's. Both are good blankets for a good price. My 1200D Saxon turnout has held up incredibly well. The only thing about Saxon I've noticed is that they're probably not the best for horses with really big barrels--they're a little short on the sides. Not a problem at all for my OTTB, but if I had a squat little pony that was as wide as it is tall, the sides might be too short.
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I won't buy used blankets because of the chance of skin issues.
I only buy schneider's blankets. (sheets and fly-sheets I buy cheaper though) I have a rotation where they are used for about 2 years, and then I sell them to recoup the cost of new. I have a list of people who come to me for blankets every year.

As far as washing, I have a regular top-load old washing machine that I bought from good will for $50. Some of the larger blankets have to be washed twice, but most fit perfectly. I wash them with eZall or EQ Solutions and a good amount of chlorhexidine. I have yet to have a single skin issue.

I also have an older horse with an extremely high wither. The V-free blankets are perfect for his wither shape.

Love schneider's, but I was sad to see that many of the $79 winter blankets jumped to $99 and then $109. I guess too many people found out about how great their blankets are. (Except the new checkerboard pattern material for the Dura-Tech Endura blanket, neck rug, and hood...DO NOT buy that. It rips immediately. The older style was pretty good for the price, but the new material will unravel & shred)
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Don't misunderstand me, I wash my own blankets and disinfect them every year. I just won't buy used because I don't know where it's been. I won't buy used shoes for me either. I kind of feel like blankets, shoes, underwear and towels ought to be one owner items. If other people are ok with buying used, I don't have a problem with it, but it's not for me or my horses.

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post #16 of 22 Old 01-09-2013, 07:10 PM
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I purchased 4 Schneiders 1200D Heavy Weight blankets (with neck cover) and i absolutely LOVE them. None of them are coming apart at all. They are warm, waterproofing is great and my horses love them. The fit is wonderful and ive very pleased! I paid $107 for the blanket and neck cover together. Great buy! FANTASTIC service!
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post #17 of 22 Old 01-09-2013, 10:34 PM
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personally I just got a smartpak ultimate and not only am I impressed with the blanket itself, the 10 year warranty is pretty good as well
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Thanks for all the help I'm thinking of going with the ss.
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post #19 of 22 Old 05-03-2013, 08:03 PM
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I like this blanket better than any in my barn. It has all the features I like...front clip closures, slightly high neck to keep rain out and not too heavy. Stays in place and runs true to size. I highly recommend this model!I have never been happier with a blanket. This one is a fantastic fit in that the gussets are not only forward, but are set higher, allowing the shoulders complete freedom of movement! My horse is a TB. Her other blankets and sheets were restricting her shoulders, with gussets that are too low and/or set behind the shoulders. She can move at her absolute best when wearing this blanket. It also has a wonderful fit around the neck. No drooping in front, with plenty of give for grazing. I can see that my horse is quite happy in this blanket. And it's great for days where the temps fluctuate from high 20's in morning to low 40's in afternoon. Great, great blanket!
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post #20 of 22 Old 05-03-2013, 08:44 PM
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Don't misunderstand me, I wash my own blankets and disinfect them every year. I just won't buy used because I don't know where it's been. I won't buy used shoes for me either. I kind of feel like blankets, shoes, underwear and towels ought to be one owner items. If other people are ok with buying used, I don't have a problem with it, but it's not for me or my horses.
I'm the same way except if I *know* the previous owner/horse. So the medium-weight blanky my horse has right now used to belong to my BO's pony. Last year she and I each bought new blankies (same size different brand/style), mine rubbed my horse and hers looked like a weirdo tenty thing on her pony. When we got the blankets back this year from being cleaned/disinfected we tried each others and oddly enough, mine fit her pony perfectly and the pony's fit mine perfectly so we traded.

Since I KNOW where that blanket has been (I was even there when she bought it... lol) and that the pony is perfectly healthy I was fine with trading.

I'm with you on the other stuff though, I don't even want my own two girls sharing shoes/underwear/etc..
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