Choosing a horse blanket is not an easy task. You have to keep multiple factors in mind before deciding. It can be overwhelming and challenging at the same time.
It can be so confusing knowing what blanket to buy your horse given your particular climate, your horse’s needs and all the different types of blankets on the market.
Stay calm because I’ll cover all the details in this post.
After reading this blog, you’ll know all about how to choose the horse blanket that’s right for your climate.
Let’s Get To It!
How to Choose a Horse Blanket
If you want to blanket your horse, you should know your climate before you choose a horse blanket. Horses have natural ability to withstand cold weathers. If the weather is 10 °F and a horse has shelter than there is no need of a blanket.
You need a horse blanket if it’s below 10 deg. F.
Especially after riding, as the horse will be sweating, increasing their risk of getting sick. Remember to use your scraper (grooming tool) as well.
But, it is also important that you take care of the nutrition of your horse so that its body heat can be generated. Remember that it’s also essential to provide excellent & hearty nutrition for your horse during these colder months. This will help them stay warm!
If you want to learn how to measure a horse for blanket the right way, visit the following page:
Stable, turnout or both?
The 2 main types of blankets are stable blankets & turnout blankets.
Stable blankets are good for your horse if he stays inside during the winters and is not exposed directly to the cold weather. They are not waterproof and can get wet in the rain.
On the other hand, turnout blankets are waterproof. These blankets are for horses who are directly exposed to the cold and stay outside in their pastures. They are heavy, thick and can withstand very cold weather.
Here is a detailed blog post of turnout blankets:
You should decide according to the needs of your horse which type of blanket is a good fit. If your horse spends the winters in a shelter than a stable blanket is good but, if your horse lives outside in winters than you should choose a turnout blanket. You can also use both blankets as per your requirements.
If you want to learn more about horse blankets, here is a complete guide.
Unless you’re in the desert, it gets wet outside
You can use turnout blanket as a stable blanket but it is difficult to use stable blanket as a turnout blanket because unless you’re in the desert, your stable blanket will always get wet outside in the colder weather.
Though you can use both types of blankets but you should prefer using turnout while your horse is out because it is specifically designed to withstand harsh weather and it is waterproof.When in doubt opt for the turnout blanket.
BUT CAREFUL – check for overheating/sweating of your horse
How cold are we talking?
There are different types of blankets available in the market. However, as I have discussed, horses have innate ability to withstand harsh weather. If you are feeding your horse properly and taking care of its nutrition, then you should not worry if the weather is even 10 °F.
In the extreme cold and icy weather, you should buy a blanket for your horse, as well as take care of its nutrition.
Don’t forget to optimize use & maintain quality
You should not compromise on the quality of your blanket because it is all about the health of your horse. In an extreme weather, the horse needs proper nutrition, shelter, and a good quality blanket to stay warm.
You can use turnout blankets for different horses if you want. They are designed to protect the horse from extreme cold, icy weather, snow, and rain. Always remember to choose materials that are good for how rambunctious your horse is.
Don’t forget to clean waterproof blankets properly. A horse blanket can be a very effective item during the colder weather. To keep it effective you should clean it properly. Follow the cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer of your horse blanket.
Here is a quick video on how to choose and use horse blankets:
If you have any question related to horse blankets, please comment below!
Happy riding 🙂
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