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  • 24/7 turn out and blankets

    Suggestions for rainsheet, light blanket that will stay on a horse who is in pasture 24/7. Also any ideas to keep other horses from eating her blanket?

    Additional info for the interested reader.
    I have a TB that lives 24/7 in a pasture and our lows at night generally do not get below 20 degrees. The difference in night and day temperatures can be 40 to 50 degrees and we do not have a blanket monitor so I don't want to use a heavy blanket. However, it would be nice to put a rain sheet or light blanket on her when necessary- mostly to keep her dry when it rains. Other than Oak trees, there is no shelter in the pasture. She has a full coat but as she is a TB it is thinner than the other horses. I kept her blanketed last year as she was thin and at that time she lived in a corral with a covered shelter. However, she is much happier in the pasture with her buddies and it would be ideal to let her wear a blanket/rain sheet out there, but I am afraid she will romp around vigorously and get her blanket twisted up and/or other horses will eat her blanket.

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    I have been using Weatherbeeta blankets and sheets for years on my guys who live out 24/7 (except for meals) with a lot of luck. The blankets only last about 2 years, but they keep my guys warm and dry and that's what counts (and they are cheap enough to replace). Connor sporting his turn out sheet.

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    • #3
      Rambo. Pricey first investment, but they're virtually indestructible and they will last much, much longer than anything else. I got my mare one when she was 6 and sent it with her when I sold her at age 14! Still waterproof, still warm! She and her buddies played hard and it never ripped. Don't go with the cheaper amigo or rhino versions, it's worth forking out the cash for the top shelf brand.

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      • #4
        my guys are out 24/7 too.

        I just bought amigo mio sheets for when it's raining but still warmish (and for when they get tears in their mid weight blankets and I haven't repaired them yet).
        http://www.netequestrian.com/horse/2...0&cId=32&scId=

        they fit a little big. My mare usually wears a 78 and I can put the 75 sheet over her blanket and it still fits. i haven't had them long, but like them so far!

        The blanket that has held up the best has been my Weatherbeeta Taka. no major repairs for 4 seasons now. the only thing that i don't like is that it fits my QH a bit funny cause she's tied in so low in the neck.

        i have an older model rhino wug. LOVE how it fits my TB, but it had some snags last winter. i had them repaired and now the fabric around the repairs has pulled and ripped. urg!
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        • #5
          can't go wrong with a Rambo but I just got last years Rhino sheet (olive plaid) for $99 and it has some features my Rambo doesn't have. we will see how it holds up. his pasture mates usually don't play tug of war.
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          • #6
            I've got a ripped strap on my Rambo; any ideas on where/how to get it fixed?

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            • #7
              Rambo/Rhino are great. I especially like the high neck Wugs for those out a lot (not so much the case with my horses anymore), but I have 6 and 8 year olds Rambos still in great shape. I also like the Amigos, especially at the price point.
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              • #8
                I got a Weatherbeeta Taka sheet in 2002 that STILL hasn't gotten a rip with 24/7 turnout every winter since. They are something crazy like 1600 D. Not sure they make Taka anymore though.

                However, it lost all its waterproofing and I haven't gotten it re-done yet. Just bought 2 midweights for my guys - a 600 D ($55 from Tack of the Day) and a 1200 D (the SmartPak one that was on clearance for $83; might still be). We'll see how those do.

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                • #9
                  My old guy seems to be happy with a Bucas Smartex Rain.

                  http://www.bucas.com/smartex_turnout.php

                  One of the things I most like is

                  --> Stay-Dry lining wicks moisture away and ensures that the horse is always dry

                  in case he runs a lot when it is warmer or starts sweating after riding.

                  It was a bit tight around the chest though so I added the extension and it seems to be perfect now.
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                  • #10
                    I got the Amigo 1200 denier blanket lightweight - no fill for a mare in similar conditions to yours. It's made by the same people as Rhino/Rambo, but they are a little less expensive and the denier is higher, which should help for a horse that is hard on blankets (like mine).

                    I really like the neck on this one. It is not the high neck, but does go above the withers and up the neck. We had a downpour recently, and as far as I could tell, no rain dripped down inside.
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                      #11
                      Thanks so much for all the great replies. One of my big concerns is that if I stick her out there in the pasture with a blanket on other horses will bite her and therefore rip the blanket. Last year a horse bit her when she was blanketed and leaving good sized open spot. I guess I could put her out there in a cheap thing and see what the damages are. Is there anything you can put on blankets to discourage other horses from biting or minimize damage if they do?

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                      • #12
                        Rambo Supreme. Worth every penny. No rubs, lasts through vigorous play, the neck cover lifts blanket off TB withers, and it's waterproof/breathable. Everyone uses them where I board (horses are out in small herds 24/7, similar temps as yours). The other brands don't stand up.

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                        • #13
                          I love Rambos, but only the originals. Had them on 24/7 turnout polo ponies for years.

                          We have the Rambo Supreme and the Duo and I dislike the V neck closure and the snaps in the front. Darn velcro will not stay closed after two years. First year, my guys managed to break the snaps off the front. Found the blanket lying in the field, surcingles still attached with the front snaps in pieces. Have a Rambo XL with the original closure and it's still going strong. My guys play very hard. Had a few very small (1 inch or less) tears that I had to fix after two years.

                          Also have the Amigos and am extremely happy with them. Make sure you get 1200 denier.

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                          • #14
                            I wonder if you could use bitter apple on the blanket? It's that spray on stuff you can use with dogs so certain items taste so bad they won't chew on them...I've never tried it, but that is the only thing I can think of that you could put on a blanket to keep other horses away.
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                            • #15
                              Rambos. Amazing. I have had mine for 8,6, and 7 years.

                              When my horse was turned out with a horse with a tail flap fetish, I use WrapLast on the tail flap. Worked like a charm. Just be careful applying it. It is nasty stuff. I found that I had to reapply weekly.

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                              • #16
                                we use Schneider's blankets/sheets. They have a variety of different ones. What i like about them is that they are heavy duty and made out of material and waterproofing that is thicker, it lasts longer, and they stay waterproof. they also have blankets/sheets that have these shoulder adjusting straps that are great as it pulls the front of the blanket above the point of their shoulders where they normally get rubbed, so they never do!

                                Their blankets are heavy duty and nice and thick. they are very thick and toasty warm in very cold conditions. they are also made out of very heavy duty stuff and the waterproofing lasts quite a long time. we've had several of theirs for years and they still look new.

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                                • #17
                                  PESSOA TUNDRA

                                  The Pessoa Tundra is about the toughest blanket I have ever used..

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                                  • #18
                                    The Amigos are 600 denier or 1200 denier; the Rambos and Rhinos are 1000 denier (IIRC) ballistic nylon. Two different fabrics.

                                    My mare has a Rhino Wug sheet, a Dover Northwind 1680 denier sheet, a Rambo original medium weight and a Centaur high-neck 140g blanket. I sold her 1200 denier Weatherbeeta Orican high-neck sheet because it never fit her well through the shoulders. All of these turnouts have held up wonderfully and are in their second season, except for the Rhino, which I just got a few months ago.

                                    I've heard of people using the McNasty spray or similar products, and I've also heard of at least one person who buys a Kensington mesh fly sheet (the tough, not-very-flexible mesh) to put overtop of turnouts for extra protection.

                                    You may want to look into the Rambo Duo system. You buy a shell (100g) with a detachable hood, and then there are various liners that attach to the shell to give you more warmth (100g to 400g). Supposedly these liners also work with the Rhino original sheet as well.
                                    Full-time bargain hunter.

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                                    • #19
                                      Like other's I would like to recommend Rambo and Weatherbeta. I have both for my guy who lives out 24/7. Oh, I also have a Wilsun Dry Horse (remember those) great blankets if you can find them. Company went out of business years ago unfortunately.
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                                      • #20
                                        HUG Blankets here..

                                        We only have HUG blankets for our little herd. They are pasture horses and I find HUGs are the only ones that truly don't constrict the chest/shoulder area.

                                        They are super comfortable for the horses and come in a variety of weights and styles.

                                        For horses out 24/7, I'd only recommend HUG blankets, for thier comfort.
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