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Hi Friends, It’s beautiful snowy day and you want to spend it building a snowman. But, before you do, you grab your jacket. Why do you grab your jacket? So you can stay warm and dry, right? With the days getting colder, having a turnout blanket for your horse will become important. Just as we need to stay warm during the colder months, so do our horses. If you already own horse blankets, now is a good time to get them out of storage, washed and hung on your stall doors so they are ready for use for those cold, wintry days and nights. pink horse turnout blanket

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 & Strength

For 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.

Warmth

The 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?
Our horses are kept in a barn and they go outside if it is not snowing or too icy out. For us, we have found that the 20-30 degree medium to heavier warmth blanket (200-300g) is good for our horses based on our winters. Remember, the higher the grams of fill (or insulation), the warmer the blanket provides to our horses. Therefore, if you live in a colder region, where the temperatures are more extreme, you would want to consider a heavier gram of fill for your turnout blanket.

Waterproof

In addition to the durability and warmth of turnout blankets, we will only purchase blankets that are waterproof. Not only does this protect them from snow, but it also protects from the rain as well. By purchasing a waterproof blanket, this assists with also keeping our horses warm by keeping them dry from the rain and snow.

Remember…

These are just some helpful tips that we found to be useful when determining which turnout blanket is best for each of our horses. However, when you make your selection, please keep in mind that the denier strength and grams of fill need to reflect the environment in which your horse is in. Remember, the higher the numbers in each, the more durable and warmer the blanket will be. Be sure to select the proper blanket that is suitable enough to withstand the environment they are in. What is your favorite type of blanket for your horse? Any additional tips that you want to share? Keep trottin’ to your dreams. Happy Trails! Lori & Stacey Disclaimer for My Horse Barn All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information and entertainment purposes only. myhorsebarn.com does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (myhorsebarn.com), is strictly at your own risk. myhorsebarn.com will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website. To read the full disclaimer, you may read it here or by clicking on the link in the menu above.
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