With all the different types and kinds of equine blankets out there, one can easily get confused as to what they really need for the winter season. Fashion plays a big part in the decision making for many people, however I must caution you to make your choice first and foremost on a few other factors.
First, decide where, when and how often your horse will be wearing a blanket. Are you turning your horse out to pasture or in a paddock, or are you going to be stabling or traveling with your blanket/sheet?
If you are using it as a turnout, you will want to look for a higher denier blanket. Most of our turnouts will be at least 1200 denier, which means it’s made of a heavier outer material that will not snag as easy. If you are looking more for a blanket for stabling purposes, we have several options in denier for you to choose, from 420 to 1200 denier. Remember; the lower the denier the easier the blanket could tear if you have something sticking out of your stall wall.
Another factor to consider is what type of climate do you live in? Are you in Montana where you have snow for a LONG time and it gets really cold…or are you in Florida where freezing normally doesn’t happen. Depending upon that answer, you’ll choose what polyfill gram weight is best suited for your situation. The higher the gram, the heavier the inner fill for the blanket, therefore the warmer the blanket. If you are in the lower part of Texas, California or Florida, you may consider 600 denier turnout with a 250 gram fill, for example Equisential 600D Winter Turnout Blanket. If for some reason you have a cooler than normal evening, you can always layer your lighter weight blanket by putting a fleece cooler underneath. Or another trick you may consider is if you have a lighter denier blanket or sheet, cover it with a Kensington Protective Fly Sheet for turnout.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call (800-419-9524). Our customer service department is quite knowledgeable on our blanket lines. Stay warm! Julie
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