I LOVE LOVE LOVE the northwind ones from Dover. I have a high neck one and a full neck one. The necks on the full neck stay in place better than any others I have had. (clipped TB needs full neck protection in New England winters.) They fit really well, and are something like 1600D so they are pretty tough. Haven't had a tear yet and they are 3+ years old. Don't know if you need a medium or a heavy, but I think even the heavys with the full necks are under $200.
I have a Rambo Wug (high neck) and a Rambo Supreme (full neck, detachable), and they both work fine.
I have a Weatherbeeta Orican full detachable neck as well, and while I like the quality of the blanket, I do not like the fit or user-friendliness of the neck cover. The Rambo fits better and is much, much easier to deal with.
On a budget, I also second the Dover Northwind line. They are well made and fit a lot of different body types well.
Schneiders has high neck rain covers for under $100.
My horse lives out 24/7. He's on his second Scneiders brand high neck (1st one is 4 years old - I keep it as a spare). His withers, shoulders, and chest stay dry with the high neck. Not too much mane rub either.
Okay, I guess full neck means to the ears rather than the highs which come just a short ways up? I bought a Weatherbeeta Orican last year but stupidly didn't buy the neck cover then and haven't been able to find one since. So the neck covers you're talking about you can use with any blankets? They don't have to be attached to a ring, etc. on the blanket? I kinda think I'd like a high neck instead because I want a sheet, no fill, so I can use over her medium for the winter and just for the rain at other times. I think a full neck cover for the spring or fall would be too warm.
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I had looked at the Northwinds in Dover, and Schneider's is only an hour's drive away.
We have had crazy weather here in NE Ohio this winter- some days where it's just warm enough to be raining, but still only in the high 30s. Ick!
Originally Posted by Mariequi
Okay, I guess full neck means to the ears rather than the highs which come just a short ways up? I bought a Weatherbeeta Orican last year but stupidly didn't buy the neck cover then and haven't been able to find one since. So the neck covers you're talking about you can use with any blankets? They don't have to be attached to a ring, etc. on the blanket? <snip>
I *think* the neck covers do attach to rings on the blankets, otherwise they'd probably slide down over their head when they grazed. I don't know if it matters if the cover is the same brand or if they are all fairly similar... you probably wouldn't find a matching color if you go w/ a different brand... might drive YOU crazy, but the horse won't care.
Yep, I know. I found the same brand on a foreign web site and the head cover would go with the latest version, but I think navy is part of it. I guess I don't care if only needed for short term... Maybe!
I love the Rambo Rhino "Wug" turtlenecks. You can probably find them cheaply in last season's colors this time of year. They last forever. Also, there's nothing cuter than a horse curled up in his hay with a turtleneck on.
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I'm a big fan of the Amigo line with the 1200 denier- you can find the sheets for a little over $100 and the medium and heavy weight blankets for under $150. They neck cover is about $40. I like having the option of putting the neck cover on for more coverage and protection or being able to leave it off. They attatch better than the Weatherbeeta or Dover's Rider's International line (I have neck covers from those brands too).