If you’re living in a wet area, then you know how important it is to keep your horse dry but not wrap her up in heavy blankets that will simply trap the moisture and cause even worse problems!
That’s why I’ve decided to find a waterproof blanket that is actually waterproof while also being breathable and durable.
As an overview, the WeatherBeeta Freestyle 1200 is designed to be 100% waterproof, complete with taped seams to keep moisture out.
Additionally, the inside layer of 210D Oxford Polyester against the horse is made to be hydrophilic (water attractant) so it draws excess sweat from the horse to keep her dry and happy.
WeatherBeeta Freestyle 1200 Review
This blanket is great for turnout or even simply stall-wear in cooler or moist conditions – the Heavy 360g Polyfill is perfect for keeping your horse warm during the cold months. But also available are the Medium 220 g and Lite 0 g Polyfill versions suited for cool and mild temperatures, respectively.
The Freestyle 1200 design
The durable and tailored design is ideal for turnout and if you size right you won’t ever have to worry about chafing, sores, tears or any discomfort for your horse.
Also if you have a spirited horse that you know likes to play a lot, you don’t have to worry about him or her getting sweaty and cold afterwards.
The tailored design consists of the Cupped Shoulder Dart, which is stitching outwards around the shoulders to provide cupping and thus prevent rubs. This together with the Forward Positioned Gusset allows for free and unrestricted leg movement.
The blanket also features extra padding on the chest and includes Wither Relief Pads made from 210D Oxford polyester which provides extra comfort, protection and alleviates pressure from the withers and nuchal ligament.
Many blankets use velcro that wear down quickly and are easily ripped off over time or buckles which are annoying to do and undo. Instead, WeatherBeeta has rust-resistant metal snaps labelled as Quick Clip Release Chest Closures at the front so you don’t have to fuss with them forever.
Once I was riding this spirited mare and she loved to eat – and I mean LOVED. So every time I would try to prep her for a ride and there was still any hay left in her stall, she would refuse to lift her head. I had to undo the buckles on the front of her blanket in increments while simultaneously pushing her over with my body so that I could actually get to them. With the quick clasps as seen below, this would have been done in a second.
There’s also the Full Wrap Tail Flap, a patented design which is larger than the usual tail flap and provides great protection from wind and rain while still allowing your horse to life his or her tail.
Its the outer layer made from 1200 Denier Triple Weave rip-stop polyester and the use of snaps as opposed to velcro, as mentioned above, results in greater quality, strength and durability of this blanket. This blanket will last you a while even if your horse is fighting, rolling, chewing or scratching at it. Other convenient features include removable, stretchy web leg straps, low cross surcingles and reflective panels to make your horse easily visible at night or in foggy conditions.
What do I think?
I am a big believer in getting a durable, good quality product that will last you longer even if it will cost you more.
My biggest annoyance is products that are made poorly and fall apart before you know it. The market is full of these and you need to avoid them especially when it comes to horses.
That’s why I’m a huge supporter of WeatherBeeta. Are they expensive? Holy crap yes! But at the same time they know what they’re doing and it truly is the best for your horse. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing.
Recap of top features of WeatherBeeta 1200
- 100% waterproof
- sweat resistant
- crazy durability
- comfort padding on the chest
- padding on the withers that decreases pressure
- shoulder cupping to prevent rubbing
- snaps instead of velcro or buckles
- Polyfill versatility to fit your climate
Customized options for you
I’ve found that the cheapest place to buy these blankets is through Amazon.com, and trust me for what they cost it’s best to buy them as cheap as possible. I’ve listed all of their options below so please let me know if you want some help choosing or more information!
Also, if you do decide to get one, you might want to quickly read my post on how to get the right sizing and always go to the bigger size if your horse is between sizes! There’s nothing more annoying than having to return a blanket because it’s the wrong size, don’t you think?
The High Neck and Detach-A-Neck are meant for horses that live in pretty wet conditions and spent a lot of time turned out. If you’re living somewhere where it’s only really wet and rainy for a season and you stall your horse for a chunk of time as well then I wouldn’t worry too much about these more expensive options.
Also, remember that you don’t want to get too heavy! If you’re not living somewhere that gets really cold, opt for a lighter blanket. Although the WeatherBeeta does a great job of essentially wicking the sweat away from your horse’s body, remember that horses are very intolerant of being hot. The blanket is not going to do much good if your horse spends most of the day too sweating because he’s just too hot.
The Standard Neck: Wet Conditions
- Click here for -> Standard Neck Lite blanket for mild conditions
- Click here for -> Standard Neck Medium blanket for cool conditions
- Click here for -> Standard Neck Medium Wide blanket for cool conditions and a wider set horse
- Click here for -> Standard Neck Heavy blanket for cold conditions
The High Neck: Very Wet Conditions
- Click here for -> High Neck Medium blanket for cool conditions
The Detach-A-Neck: Variable Moisture Conditions from Wet to Very Wet
- Click here for -> Detach-A-Neck Medium blanket for cool conditions
- Click here for -> Detach-A-Neck Heavy blanket for cold conditions
- Click here for -> Detach-A-Neck Heavy Wide blanket for cold conditions and a wider set horse
One last thing!
I know its annoying and yet another expense, but I do recommend sending your blankets out to be washed. This will ensure they last much much longer and you don’t have to worry about compromising the waterproofing overtime.
If you aren’t able to, then you can machine wash in cold water on GENTLE with MILD detergent. Never put your blanket in the dryer – simply put it out to air dry.
Please don’t hesitate to leave your questions and comments below!
Happy riding 🙂
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