Why Does a Horse Need a Blanket?Together, our family owns six horses and keeping them warm and comfortable during the winter months is top priority. Our horses like to go outside and play each day, even during the winter months. Each go outside with a blanket on, which provides warmth and protections against the harsh elements of the cold weather.
Research & Select the Right Blanket for Your Horse.With there being many different types of horse blankets available to purchase, it will be a good idea to learn about your options before making a purchase. There are many types of blankets for different temperatures, strength of materials, sizes, colors, and even waterproof material and fabrics to choose from. Knowing what you will need and doing some research will be in your best interest so that you are confident in knowing that the blanket you purchase is the best choice for your horse.
Durability & StrengthFor durability purposes, we purchase blankets in 1200 denier strength, like this one here. We have had some of these blankets last more than two or three winter seasons. However, it depends on what your horse is doing outside. Are they playing with other horses outside, rolling around on the ground a lot, etc.? If so, you may want to consider something that won’t rip as easily and go with something that is stronger and more durable. Remember, the higher the denier, the thicker the fabric, leading to a stronger, more durable blanket.
WarmthThe next factor we consider when purchasing a horse blanket is the warmth factor, which takes us to the next step in looking at the insulation. Some blankets have polyfill, while some have fiberfill, which are both measured in grams. Before we make our decision on how many grams of fill in our blanket to purchase, we consider a few things beforehand:
- Is our horse kept in a barn?
- Does our horse go outside during the day only?
- Does our horse live outside with or without shelter?
- Does our horse live in a barn?
- Does our horse have a thick coat of hair?