So I am looking to buy a heavy weight blanket for my horse since he will be on 24/7 turnout. I might not need it this year because our winters have been so mild lately but I know eventually our luck will run out and I want to make sure he is toasty warm in case of a blizzard.
So a tack shop near me is having a sale this week end and have marked down most of their winter blankets.
I am looking at a Rambo Original Heavy weight, a Rhino Wug Heavy Weight or a Weatherbeeta Orican Freestyle heavy weight.
My first gut reaction is to go with the Rambo but the others are much cheaper going for under $75. So if the others are only slightly lower in quality then the Rambo it might be a better buy. Just wondering everyone's thoughts on the blankets.
I would compare the denier of the outer layer. The higher the better. That is pretty much always the first thing I make a decision on - if its less than 1,200d I won't buy it, then price and features are next. For example, I won't own a blanket that has a tail strap not leg straps so that eliminates Rambos (I think, or it used to...) I prefer front clips to having to undo straps, that sort of thing...
What area of the country are you in? Is your horse clipped for the Winter?
You may well be better off with a sheet and a medium weight blanket, for a much larger variety of options, rather than a single heavy (warmth and weight) blanket.
Schneider's Stormshield sheets are a "heavy" sheet and when laid on top of a medium weight blanket, provide a heck of a lot of warmth and wind protection without SO much physical weight of a heavy weight blanket.
Just food for thought
I'm a big fan of Schneiders as well.
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I already own a Rambo lite turnout and a Rhino Medium weight turnout. I am in PA. He might be clipped, he might not it just depends on the exercise load this winter. He is at a farm that has an indoor so he will probably be ridden as much during the winter as he is now. I am just preemptively buying it. Just in case I need it. Not sure that I will or not but don't want to be stuck needing it and not have it. I also have stable blankets that I can add or take away if needed.
I think if you're not going to be using it a ton, I'd go with one of the cheaper options-- personally I haven't had great luck with the Rhinos as far as durability, and I'm not crazy about the fit on some horses either, so I'd probably lean toward the Weatherbeeta.
I'd go with either the Rambo or Weatherbeeta. I have numerous Weatherbeetas 10+ yrs old and still going strong. I have a bunch of Rambos too but only the no-fill T/O sheets - I layer them over everything else if rain/sleet/snow is coming as they hold up to wet weather extremely well. I'd be worry about just having a heavy weight blanket as I prefer to layer (i.e. 2 mid-weights vs. 1 heavy weight is how I do things). I've never owned any Rhinos as I've never heard many good things about their durability.
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