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Turnout blanket for Andalusian (or Baroque type)?

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  • Turnout blanket for Andalusian (or Baroque type)?

    I'm posting this in the dressage forum because more people likely have an Andalusian or similar type horse. I'm wondering which brands of turn-out blankets people have found fit their Andi horse? This question might apply to those with short coupled WBs as well, the type of horse I'm referring to has a wide barrel, wide shoulders with a high set neck (and lots of mane). I've gotten by so far with putting shoulder guards and swapping blankets regularly. Without doing this my horse gets shoulder and wither/mane rubs. It seems to be difficult to find a cut of blanket that accommodates a horse with broad shoulders and a high neck set. The Quarter Horse style cuts fit the shoulders but not the neck set.

    Any suggestions? I'm also looking for a turn-out blanket to which a neck rug can be added or is already attached.

  • #2
    Hate to be a party pooper, but there are very few (none that I've found) that fit a very upright head and neck. Rambos are the worst.

    My stallion used to have a groove cut into the neck by the end of winter from his blanket.

    I have an old Millers with a cut-back that fits, but it is getting in shreds.
    Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
    Alfred A. Montapert


    • #3
      Have you checked SStack.com?

      I have an ArabxBelgian with a 32" long mane, upright build, and close-coupled back. People are always mistaking her for an Andalusian at shows.

      Their StormShield blankets with the V-Free / cutback fit have always worked well for her. They have such an array of turnouts and specialize in Arabs --I would call and ask what they recommend.


      • #4
        Saddlebred cut fits these horses best. I'm a dealer for The Clothes Horse and when I send orders to Katrina for horse built like this she pulls out the Saddlebred pattern to make their custom clothes.


        • #5
          Originally posted by ArabDiva View Post
          Have you checked SStack.com?
          Their StormShield blankets with the V-Free / cutback fit have always worked well for her. They have such an array of turnouts and specialize in Arabs --I would call and ask what they recommend.
          YESSSSS!!!!!!! My horse used to go through 3+ blankets a season. I bought a stormsheild over 5 years ago and it is still in like new condition. LOVE the belly band designs. no shoulder rubs. they just rule.
          chaque pas est fait ensemble


          • #6
            Glover makes amazing blankets & offers a "made to measurements" option


            • #7
              I just bought a Turtle Neck for my Friesian/ASB cross. It looks like it fits but I won't know until the end of the season. The only concern I have is that it may rub his mane, but it looks like it stays off his shoulders and withers, which were my main (mane ) concerns.


              • #8
                My Iberian got a good fit with the StormShield also. I am probably going to order one for my draftie.
                Susan B.


                • #9
                  I agree on the Scneider's Stormshield with the V-Free insert. There are a number of different styles and one is sure to fit. I used the Euro design on a Morgan last year and it was perfect.

                  Here's a link http://www.sstack.com/horsewear_turnouts/
                  "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller


                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks all, I'll have a closer look at those suggestions.


                    • #11
                      What a timely thread. My new Holsteiner mare basically looks like an Andi, and I am just trying to decide. The Turtle Neck had made it to the top of my list (and I just noticed that dover sells the sheet now), but I'll take another look at the Schneiders. I have a cotton sheet from Schneiders that's a few years old, but it didn't fit my TB anywhere, especially the shoulders.
                      "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht