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?
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.)