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post #1 of 5 Old 10-09-2009, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on Horse Blanket Selection


I live in the Central Texas area (around Austin) and I have three horses: one Quarter horse gelding, and two Thoroughbred mares. The question I have is what kind of blanket I should select for my horses. The weather here is very mild during the winter in terms of the cold, but sometimes we have heavy rainstorms here combined with the cold. Is there a specific type that I should choose (lightweight, midweight, heavyweight)? And what blanket would be best to keep my horses dry, but also warm enough so they don't get over heated?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-09-2009, 11:08 PM
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I would go with a Weatherbeeta personally. I love them. Or Rambo.

What I would do it get a lightweight cotton sheet, and a Lightweight Sheet.

Get a good Waterproofer from Walmart or an Outdoor Sports store and spray them in a well ventialted area *outside preferrably* and make sure you spray your rain sheets well.

Use the sheets on a normal basis, but when it gets cold and heavy rain, double layer. *This is what I do*

Put the cotton sheet on first, then the lightweight rain sheet overtop.

Make sure both are lightweight - but use a waterproofer to double the "protection" from the rain.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-09-2009, 11:35 PM
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I live on the east coast of Florida, and around here we usually get one two lightweight blankets for layering, or one mid weight and a liner.

As for blanket materials, I would get either quilted cotton or fleece, depending on how cold it gets, but keep in mind the fleece won't breath as well as the cotton.

For the rainproofability, I personally like something like this Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supplies | TURNOUT BLANKETS | 840D SHELL

to layer over my stable blanket, because my barn doesn't turn horses out in blankets unless they're specifically turn out blankets, but I have a TB too, and I know how sensitive they are.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-10-2009, 10:53 AM
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I don't know much about the temps in Texas, but what I would do it get a lightweight turnout and light/medium weight turnout.

If it's rainy and warm throw the lightweight on them just to keep them dry.

But if it's rainy/windy/colder than usual put the medium weight on. Because having a sheet on will flatten their hair. When their hair is flat they get colder because they don't have a layer of warm air around them. So when it's windy out with a sheet they're probably colder than if they were naked. That's when I would use the medium weight - the fill will help them stay comfortable.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 12:40 AM
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I live just a few hours north of you and i have a medium weight turnout and a sheet. that's enough to keep the pony warm. I do keep him inside if it's going to be super cold though.

i don't really care about brands but i NEVER EVER EVER buy anything that's less then 1000 D (denier). Anything less falls apart too easily and I can't afford to replace my blankets every year. I bought my Saxon on for around $70ish and this is it's third winter.
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