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post #1 of 11 Old 09-30-2014, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Rambo turnout - worth it?

So I'm a new-to-horses owner (really, a full lease) of a 10 year old OTTB. He is turned out every day for basically the whole day, including the winter (this is upstate NY). He and the rest of the horses come in around dusk, and then they're in for the night.

Al - (the horse) - is a roller and playful. He falls firmly in the "tough on turnouts" camp!

The turnout sheet I got with him was cheap and broken (previous owner tried to get away with a way too inexpensive sheet) - I limped it through last winter but it must be replaced.

Al isn't clipped and grows a decent winter coat. I don't put a blanket on him until it's consistently below freezing , BUT, we've had unseasonably brutally cold winters lately -- weeks of 10 below at a clip, little snow. He's going to need more than just a no-fill turnout, at least some of the time.

After some research, I am leaning to buying the Rambo original (with leg arches) for the durability, and the ability to use the liner system, so I would get the blanket with no fill, then have the 100 and (maybe) 200 liners on standby. I don't think he will really ever require the full 300fill -- if it was that bad the barn owner would likely leave the horses in.

What's making me lean to Rambo is I keep reading that the sheets stay in place, and are durable. (I also like the lack of back leg straps design) They are pricey but from what I'm reading, the investment seems sound.

Has anyone ever used the Rambo line with the liners? Are they reasonably easy to configure with the liner? (I am notoriously bad at this, unless there is a huge blinking sign that says "CLICK THE THING HERE" I am lost.)

I don't mind spending the money if the sheet will hold up to his rolling and general goofiness, but not if it just won't hold up to the abuse.

Do most people (in colder climes) use liners? Or is it more common to have multiple sheets per horse? Would more blankets versus one very tough blanket be smarter for Mr. Rolls Around Constantly?

Thanks!

BTW -- to explain why I'm buying the blanket and not the owner -- this horse's previous owner abandoned him, and eventually he (and all his tack, supplies, you name it) became the property of the barn owner. I am a new adult rider, and Al was a golden opportunity for me to have all the benefits of owning without the problems of "I have no idea what I'm doing". Thus Al is technically owned by the barn, but I am the de-facto owner, and we work together to get him what he needs when something comes up (and they kindly coordinate all the things I don't know yet, like farrier visits and dentistry, etc.)
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I own 15 Rambo sheets and 25 Rambo blankets. I love them. Some of mine are over 15 years old
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Another good brand is Amigo. Both Rambo and Amigo are made by horsewear Ireland, and amigos are less expensive. I personally thinking about buying this blanket by them Amigo® Bravo 12 Plus Heavy weight Turnout Blanket | Dover Saddlery and it's over $100 less then the Rambo. Just food for thought. Weatherbeeta is also pretty nice!
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A comparable winter turn out rug to Amigo/Rambo is the Storm Shield ballistic nylon turn outs. They come with a 3 year warranty as well. StormShield® CONTOUR COLLAR Ballistic Extreme Turnouts in Euro Fit at Schneider Saddlery

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I've got a couple of Rambo blankets that are 20 years old and still look good though I tend to buy Schneider Blankets now - the quality and fit compares well but they're a lot less pricey
I do find that they (Schneider) seem to run warmer than other brands and their mid weight is much the same as a heavyweight
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I am in love with my Schneider blanket I got for my old girl!! I can't get over how nice the quality is. Its 380gm fill with a 1680D belly band and a hood. Including shipping to Canada it was only $220! I looked at other blankets that were similar and they were double the price.

A friend of mine ordered the ballistic nylon blanket from them and she said it is nicer then her Rambo.

I can't believe I didn't discover the Storm Shield blankets earlier lol.

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Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I appreciate all the info.
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I had a different experience with the Rambo I got my boy once. I always get 1200D or higher because he's rough on his blankets. Put it on him at night, came out in the morning to find a huge hole in the rear with stuffing trailing all over the arena he was in (and a smug look on his face..)

I probably got a faulty fluke, but I haven't bothered to spend the money on one since that. I've found that Shneiders and Storm Shields hold up just as well.

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If he grows a good winter coat, why disrupt what nature has provided? Horses do better with cold weather than hot. Don't blanket him because you feel cold. No blanket can endure what horses do to them. When the sun shines on the blanket he'll be down rolling or rubbing on a corner to quell the itching.



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post #10 of 11 Old 10-01-2014, 04:18 AM
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It's always interesting to see others views on rugging! In the UK most horses are rugged through winter my 3 are in a minimum of 300g when it gets chilly! A no fill is not good it flattens the furr stopping the horses natural ability to fluff up and get warm. Rambo and amigo rugs are good but I've bought in expensive rhinegold and Saxon rugs and been just as happy!
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