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post #1 of 21 Old 01-03-2014, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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Tough 1 blankets

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Does anyone here use Tough 1 turnout blankets? I am wanting to get the pink zebra 1200 denier turnout blanket. Do they run true to size or do they run big? I don't want to order one and have my horses belly exposed from it being too small lol.
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-03-2014, 08:08 AM
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I bought one earlier this year & have been happy with it. True to size, fits well, durable. I have it on an older QH mare that is on 24/7 turn out by herself. I have not blanketed in YEARS and wanted something decent quality and reasonably priced....so far it fits the bill.
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-03-2014, 08:49 AM
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If you blanket your horse you will make it colder as the horse can't fluff it's coat to stay warm. Just because you feel cold doesn't mean the horse does. Horses handle cold better than heat. Mine are outside and it was -42 the other night. Their coats were fluffed right out and neither was shivering.
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If you blanket your horse you will make it colder as the horse can't fluff it's coat to stay warm. Just because you feel cold doesn't mean the horse does. Horses handle cold better than heat. Mine are outside and it was -42 the other night. Their coats were fluffed right out and neither was shivering.
So you're saying a blanketed horse is cold because it can't fluff? No that doesn't work. I know some people are really anti blanket but there is not a universal answer. Some horses need or prefer blankets. My horse would absolutely be shivering and probably dead at -42, and he's not clipped. He also doesn't grow much of a coat.

Tough 1 blankets run true to size in my experience. I have their giraffe print rain sheet and its going strong for two years now.
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post #5 of 21 Old 01-03-2014, 09:30 AM
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Good brand and true to size.

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post #6 of 21 Old 01-03-2014, 10:11 AM
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I have 3 Tough 1 blankets. I think they run just a little big but still fit.
Mine have ripped tho, not sure how as they don't have barbed wire, I think it must be the other horses. My gelding ripped his from the wither fleece piece to the tail cover. Easy to sew back together but I have no clue how he did it.
I read an article from the horse.com that said horses will do fine against cold unless it is windy or they're wet. If they have a place to get out of the wind great but if it's windy and they're soaked, they're probably going to enjoy a blanket.
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-03-2014, 06:51 PM
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I have four horses with good winter coats, no shelter, extra hay, and they're fine. My old mare is hard to keep weight on in the winter and she shivers as soon as it dips into the thirties. She has a blanket and I GUARANTEE that she is more comfortable this winter than she has been in the past without it.
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post #8 of 21 Old 01-03-2014, 07:18 PM
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The first Tough1 one blanket I bought is now on it's third season and I am happy with it, though it's not getting much use this year, my horse just doesn't need blanketing. It got a rip in the front near the end of last winter, but nothing major.

I bought a second blanket from them, exactly the same blanket except just a sheet, no fill to keep her clean and dry so that I can ride her whenever I want (I don't like saddling a wet horse) and the first time it rained the blanket leaked right through in multiple places. I was disappointed but plan to try Scotch Guarding it to see if it will be more waterproof, since it is useless to me unless it is waterproof (as advertised).
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post #9 of 21 Old 01-04-2014, 02:15 AM
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In my experience they rip easily. A friend at the barn got one a month ago. Her horse wore it for a week and shredded it. This horse was in my herself with wood fence and hot wire. So nothing really to catch on and no other horses picking at it.
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post #10 of 21 Old 01-04-2014, 08:26 AM
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They are pretty cheap blankets. Not my favorite.
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