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post #1 of 7 Old 03-06-2009, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Winter Blanket help

I know its almost spring time....but today i had to do a major repair job on my horse's blanket. I was wondering if guys knew of a blanket brand that is super strong...one that does not rip and it does not cost alot of money. Mid weight blanket will do.

I have a canvas blanket on him over a stable blanket now. I need something to put on him before spring comes or sometime i can get for next winter.

What is a really good brand for a winter blanket? Where can i find it?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-06-2009, 08:30 PM
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I like the Schnieders blankets that can be found at www.sstack.com They hold up pretty well and the are priced low.

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I will have to get the name brand off of mine tomorrow. I am having a memory lapse...lol. But I have used it all winter and my mare has been in with all sorts of other horses and it has not ripped even a little bit.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-07-2009, 08:50 PM
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Cocoa has had her Weatherbeeta for two years now and it still looks brand spanking new. I bought the boys a Polar Tough One and they are ruined after just this season. I just invested in two full size Weatherbeetas and one small one for Sadie because now is a good time to find them cheap with end of the season clearance sales. I swear by the 1200 Denier Weatherbeetas. The Freestyle/Orican is really nice IMHO.


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Look at the the Denier rating. A higher rating will be more rip-resistant. No horse blanket is indestructable.

I do have 2 suggestions:

- Turtleneck brand blankets come with a no-rip guarantee. If the blanket rips in a normal circumstance (caught on fence/tree, got bitten) they will replace the blanket if it rips.

- I own a Textilene fly sheet. It is made out of a super durable mesh, the same stuff you find on softer lawn chairs. A popular brand is Kensington, but Greenhawk sells it too, I can't remember the name of the blanket though. I bought this fly sheet a size too big so I could still use it as a fly sheet in the summer, but also to throw over my winter blankets to keep them from being ripped.


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post #6 of 7 Old 03-08-2009, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for your help on my blanket search.


To Kim Angel....Thank you for telling me about Weatherbeeta. I will look into those blankets.

To Just Dressage It.... That is so cool that you put a fly sheet over the winter blanket. I have never herd of doing that. Did your winter blanket stay safe? I mean..were there any holes? Interesting.....

I will keep searching online for a stronger blanket.
Thanks again.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-08-2009, 09:14 PM
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Here's the exact blanket I have:

Protective Fly Sheet W/gusset-On Sale until Apr 30 2009 [BLC0014]

but my store carries these:

Kensington Protective Sheet from SmartPak Equine

The only reason I chose the Greenhawk one was because it was less expensive. The Textilene fabric is wonderful. It sits on top of the horse, and doesn't rub the hair off, but protects from flies and mosquitoes in the summer. The Textilene fabric is very sturdy, you've probably sat in it in one point; it's used in lawn chairs... so it's very sturdy and therefore rip resistant. I can't think of any other blanket that's tougher.


The TurtleNeck line, as I was saying, come with rip guarantees; they will replace the blanket if it gets ripped (from normal wear and tear) within the first 2 years:
http://www.turtleneckinfo.com/produc...code=189405240


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