Canvas/wool blankets....does anyone use them?
I have the usual waterproof turnouts for my pony, one unlined, one medium weight. They work fine. But I was thinking about how I always choose wool for myself when I want something warm, and the way that wool works even when it's wet. I was thinking it might be a good choice for cold weather that's not wet. I also know that the poly-lined blankets are sometimes so warm that the horses perspire under the blanket, and I think that would be less likely to happen with wool.
I know that old fashioned blankets were wool with a water-resistant canvas shell, and they're still made.
Does anyone have a blanket like this? What are the positive and negative points? Can you waterproof the canvas?
I have one on my horse today
I have one and still use it depending on the weather conditions. It comes out when the forecast is wind and freezing rain and it is put it on overtop of a liner.
Mine is made by Big D, I checked their website and I don't think they make it anymore. It has never gotten soaked through wet (unlike almost every other blanket that I have tried that claims to be waterproof) and it blocks wind like nothing else. Horse is always warm and dry underneath, no matter how wet, cold and windy. I am also not convinced they take longer to dry.
HOWEVER: They are heavy. I would not leave one on for 24 hours, it comes off when horse comes in at night. Also, the wool does rub. I always put at least a nylon shoulder guard underneath or even a nylon sheet. Today my horse is wearing a nylone stable blanket with the wool/canvas blanket over top.
IMO, they have their place if you can change blankets 2x day and take it off at night.