Blankets - T-buckle or strap/buckle front closure?
Just curious of people's preferences in blankets - do you like those with a T-buckle type front closure, or traditional strap and buckle? Or is there something else even better? (or ideas for improvement) Thanks!!!
OTHER. T-buckles are fine for belly straps, since they surve a purpose there--lying flat so a horse doesn't have to lie down on a lump. But for chest straps, give me a nice, plain, regular SNAP, like the ones on lead shanks (or Rambos!) that aren't fussy, fiddly, wimpy, or that require two ungloved hands to manipulate.
I hate the T buckles (often Rambo) that do not want to lie flat until you swear a few times, think about putting on a new or no blanket and connect every other buckle on the blanket. Usually have this problem when it is 10 below!!!
I like the rambo ring and snaps, or the snap front closures like Dover offers. I do unbuckle the fronts of my blankets to remove them, its just safer all around. Also a fan of shoulder gussets and satin lininig in the shoulders.
I DESPISE strap/buckles. The T-buckles or snap and rings are so much easier, especially with gloves. One of my boarder's blanket's snaps is buckled on so it can be easily changed if it breaks. What a great design!
I haven't had any problems with T-buckles bending, but I only have Rhino or Bucas in the barn with them and maybe they are sturdier than some others?