Turnout Blanket Frustration.
When I ordered a turnout blanket for my horse, I was under the impression that it would keep her dry and warm when it rained.
I bought a Tough-1 Storm Buster Bellywrap Blanket about a month or so ago and got the first chance to use it in the rain today (I put it on her in the cold and it kept her warm so I was happy with that). I went to go check on her after about 4 hours. I put my hand under the blanket and she was SOAKED. She was shivering like crazy and completely miserable. When I took her blanket off, 90% of her body was wet. The blanket was soaked through. I know this was not a stable blanket, every website I've looked at has it listed as a turnout. I found a description from a Tough-1 catalog that says it's water repellant.
Needless to say, I am very aggravated, my horse was miserable. This can't be normal, right? I know that it's not an expensive blanket, but it's the best that I could afford. I just thought it'd be better than this. Should I ask for a refund?
Water repellant =/= waterproof. Usually water repellant blankets are cheaper, and the manufacturers play with the words so it sounds waterproof... but they aren't. Only waterproof (or waterproofed - you can do it yourself) blankets will actually completely repel water. Sorry 'bout the tough lesson, it's one of those "fine print" scenerios.
It barely rained though, I thought it'd hold up a little better :P Dang salesmen and their fine print! haha
You mentioned that I could waterproof it myself. How would I do that?
You can go to an outdoors shop and get some waterproofing agent. You do want to be sure that it is safe to have around a horse; i.e. fumes etc are not going to be harmful. My local tack shop has a blanket re-proofer, but I'm not sure if that's to re-waterproof a blanket, or if it will make a water-repellent blanket waterproof.
You might be best off buying a truly waterproof blanket.
I will look into buying an actual waterproof blanket, but money is very tight. I'm not saying that I don't want to spend money on my horse, but that I really can't spend extra money. Anyway, I will research the waterproofing agent (: Thank you JDI!
I'm not sure what your budget is, but sstack.com has some really nice turnout blankets at a really good price, i got each of my 2 new horses one of their heavy weight blankets with a belly wrap for like 98 each, i think i have the link somewhere...here it is StormShield® CLASSIC EURO Bellyband Turnouts in Euro Style Turnout at Schneider Saddlery
they also have a lot of other good blankets for less, i need heavy duty for mine because they are out 24/7 and are rough on them lol
If you decide to waterproof it yourself, I've had excellent luck with the waterproofing spray I purchased at Walmart -- I think it was $5 a can and so far has done an excellent job on both my boots and my boy's blanket (when he was wearing it anyway). I used two cans on his (massive...84") blanket and my boots, so a decent value considering. It was the only can my walmart sold, but it has a bright orange cap and is an aerosol.
Notes if you go this route -- make sure the blanket is CLEAN before you do it, otherwise it won't attach to your blanket. Make sure you give it plenty of time to dry in a warm area. I hung mine up on a door to a room we don't use in the house. I think the can says 24hrs, but I'd allow at least 48 to be totally sure
Thanks for the website JDI! They have great prices, if this waterproofing spray doesn't work, I will definitely be ordering from them!
Thank you for the tips randomequine! Yes, that's the spray my dad has, I'm going to see if he can get another can on his way home from work so I can cover the whole blanket. And THANK YOU for telling me it had to be clean! I would've just brushed it off and sprayed it not even thinking about it, haha. It's supposed to be reallllly cold this week, but it's not supposed to rain so I'll hold off on cleaning the blanket until after this cold spell. How would I go about cleaning a blanket? This is my first horse and first blanket adventure (which is probably why I stupidly chose a non waterproof one :P) so I need tips!
NIKWAX makes the best waterproofing solutions imo.
sportsmans warehouse carries it, probably rei, cabelas and basspro do to.
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