I have a confession.... When I was a horse owner newbie, I knew nothing about blanketing horses. I knew that Dakota's previous owner was nice enough to give me the blanket she had for him and that I should probably put it on him if it got too cold. I adopted Dakota in January of 2012 *yay happy anniversary* just when blanket season was in full swing. As if being a brand new horse owner wasn't pressure enough throw in measuring for the right fit, what denier should I get, what fill should I get? UGH.
Today I will admit I do not blanket often. Dakota is a super fuzzy, 29 year old, cranky old man Palomino. He gets a thick coat in the winter and is turned out 24/7 with access to a run in shed and a run in barn. He also HATES blankets and will do an alligator death roll until every buckle is broken, it has 17 tears and he can Houdini out of it. *eyeroll* With that being said it does get quite cold here in New York during the winter. It was a frigid 18 degrees this morning when I got up to let the dog out. Which means I do have several blankets for Dakota if and when he needs them.
I know that the topic of blanketing can often lead to a heated debate. I'm not here to tell you whether you should or should not blanket your horse. I believe every horse mom knows what is right for their equestrian friend. However, I am here to provide some insight should you choose to.
Here are a few starting questions to get you to the perfect horse blanket:
Will this blanket be worn in the stable or while your horse is turned out?
What type of coat does your horse have?
Does your horse like to roll?
At what temperature will you blanket your horse?
Fill - Blankets run from sheet weight to 400 gram fill. Depending on your horses coat and the temperature will determine what weight you should get.
Denier - This refers to the strength of the outer shell of the blanket. The higher the denier, the stronger the fabric. Tip- If your horse is turned out with other horses that will bite and rip your blanket, try using a biter spray on the blanket to deter biting.
Here are a few of my favorite from Chick's:
Want more informtation? Check out these links:
Horse.com's Blanket Buying Guide
SmartPak's Blanket Q&A