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Blanketing! What layers do you use for the entire winter?

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  • #61
    Another question on 100g fill blankets: what might fit a horse with deep shoulders but a fairly small neck circumference and a narrow chest? Mare's turnouts are Rambo Supremes, which are actually way too long and have a wider neck opening -- but that's what I have used since I bought her in 2008, and they have held up fantastically (though I don't have the originals anymore.) With a neck cover, not too much water leaks through the neck hole if it's raining.
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    • #62
      Originally posted by quietann View Post
      Another question on 100g fill blankets: what might fit a horse with deep shoulders but a fairly small neck circumference and a narrow chest? Mare's turnouts are Rambo Supremes, which are actually way too long and have a wider neck opening -- but that's what I have used since I bought her in 2008, and they have held up fantastically (though I don't have the originals anymore.) With a neck cover, not too much water leaks through the neck hole if it's raining.
      I can't believe I'm going to recommend this, because I have a love/hate relationship with the brand, but you might look into some of the Schneider's blankets with the adjusta-fit neckline. An example (I know nothing about this particular blanket):

      https://www.sstack.com/c_blankets-sh...band-turnouts/

      They have several lightweight options with 80g fill or their fleece lining.
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      • #63
        Originally posted by quietann View Post
        Another question on 100g fill blankets: what might fit a horse with deep shoulders but a fairly small neck circumference and a narrow chest? Mare's turnouts are Rambo Supremes, which are actually way too long and have a wider neck opening -- but that's what I have used since I bought her in 2008, and they have held up fantastically (though I don't have the originals anymore.) With a neck cover, not too much water leaks through the neck hole if it's raining.
        I personally would try an Amigo Wug.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by TWH Girl View Post

          I personally would try an Amigo Wug.
          I don't think there's a 100g amigo wug?

          There's a 100 g rhino wug. And the duo shell is 100--you could use that with a neck cover. Or use the Rambo with leg arches 100g with a neck cover.

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          • #65
            quietann my small (unclipped) Tb mare has a Rhino Wug (100g) that fits her great. It's a very versatile sheet, with higher neck, leg arches, and stays put even without leg straps.

            That is the sheet she wears the most in our coastal New England winters. She also has a medium weight Amigo turnout for when it's really cold / there's a blizzard, and a unlined rain sheet for when it's 40-55F and raining.
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            • #66
              I've also basically ditched the sheets in most of the weather conditions here, especially since on super wet days the staff doesn't turn out. I've gone to mostly 100g, 200g and liner system. Even if a little warm but enough wind to make my horse unhappy, he'd rather have his 100g and neck rug over a sheet and no neck. He's a weeeenie about the wind. I'm also not entirely sure how he survived his youth in Canada, because he sure loves to be toasty. Doesn't grow much coat, but even so, I've gone with 300-400g of fill a few times this winter so far even though we've stayed well above 0. He seems to have grown even less coat this year. The liners are so much easier for me to manage in stall front bags than having a full heavy blanket.

              I do tend to overblanket his neck a bit because of his arthritis. Overall, he tends to be blanketed similarly to the clipped horses because most of their regrowth hair by now is about the same length as his full coat. And he tends to run in turnout when he's cold, so I'd rather him be a little warmer and not run. I have found that his Horseware wardrobe does breathe pretty well if it does happen to warm up a little more than expected and the guys don't do a late morning/early afternoon blanket pull.

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              • #67
                Originally posted by Simkie View Post

                I don't think there's a 100g amigo wug?

                There's a 100 g rhino wug. And the duo shell is 100--you could use that with a neck cover. Or use the Rambo with leg arches 100g with a neck cover.
                Yes, that is correct. Sorry. I thought Adams had one. But its only Rhino or Rambo with the 100 gm Wug style.

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                • #68
                  Depends on the horse... my Belgian gelding is a wooly mammoth so he is left naked unless it's wet and below 25 - then he gets a sheet or light weight blanket (100g). My other two (unclipped but thin coats) are in a sheet if it's below 45, a light weight (100g) 30-40. Below 30 they get a midweight. One gets a heavyweight if it's in the teens.
                  "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by TWH Girl View Post

                    Yes, that is correct. Sorry. I thought Adams had one. But its only Rhino or Rambo with the 100 gm Wug style.
                    I don't think there's a 100g Rambo wug. If you want that wug cut and 100g, the Rhino is the only horseware option. Rambo has 0, 200, 400 and then 250 and 450 in varilayer with the wug cut.

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                    • #70
                      I'm in Georgia and definitely not a blanket freak. Ours come in at night and we have a shed row barn. If it's 45 degrees and raining, our vet of 25 years would prefer them in (or probably blanketed). Last year we got about 10 inches of snow - freaky and it was so cold that we had stable blankets and turnout blankets on them during the day. Thanks to everyone on COTH, we're definitely better prepared this year as we put up the PVC strip curtains and vinyl curtains on the grids. The vinyl curtains come up during the day and only go down on cold nights. Unfortunately, the way the barn is situated, the wind is blowing right into it. So far, we haven't used our blankets once! They're not clipped though!

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                      • #71
                        Tonight we are expecting temperatures to fall to about 2 below zero, with 35 mph winds, producing -25 windchills.

                        One of my mares has EMD so we have to keep her a bit on the thin side. She is the most warmly blanketed - she is currently wearing a 220 gram Schneiders closed-front stable blanket that I turned into a liner, and over that, an old 220 gram Weatherbeeta Taka that I've had since 2005 - it's pretty warm and still waterproof and tonight, I'll add a neck cover.
                        My young 5 year old mare - whose coat is somewhat short and fine - is wearing a 400 gram Weatherbeeta Apex that's about 9 years old - it has a detachable neck cover.
                        My 16 year old gelding is wearing a Schneiders 220 gram Euro fit turnout. I'll add the neck cover tonight.
                        And my 23 year old retiree is wearing an old Miller's turnout - I think it's an Everest - that thing is nearly 20 years old - I did re-proof it, and one of the keepers on the chest straps has torn and the color has faded but it's otherwise intact and keeping him toasty.. I did put a turnout sheet on over that in light of the windchills that are due to arrive later today and I'll also attach a neck cover for him too, tonight.

                        The blanket industry HAD to improve their products in order to compete with Horseware and for the most part they have succeeded quite well. There are lots of brands of high quality blankets to choose from, which last and last.
                        I had a Schneiders turnout that I got in 2006 that only just bit the dust at the end of last winter.
                        I also use waterproof turnout sheets but mostly in the fall when we start getting windy/rainy weather in the low 40s and 30s before the horses' have a full winter coat.

                        The boys have a run-in and the girls have stalls. . . primarily so I can monitor the food intake for the metabolic mare.
                        And the other mare keeps her company (and being in a stall keeps her out of trouble!)

                        I have the Schneider blanket liners which are the greatest things since sliced bread. You can pair them with nearly anything - and so be prepared for just about any weather condition or temperature. And they fit nicely under other brands of blankets as well, My 16 year old gelding will be trace clipped soon, when I take him to his "winter boarding school" so I'll probably use a liner for him once he's clipped.

                        I also have the Schneiders Tekno fleece blankets. They are some of the most useful blankets I own - they are warmer than a sheet - not as warm as a 100 gram. .. but they work perfectly for those fluctuating temperatures - when it goes from 25 and breezy to maybe 40 in the afternoon. They breathe well and my horses have never gotten overheated
                        in them. And they work really well with liners too - when it gets down into the low 20s or teens.

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                        • #72
                          I have boarded horses and horses at home.

                          The boarded horses each have a lightweight (no fill) turnout sheet, a medium (200 gram) turnout blanket with neck cover, and a heavy (400 gram), turnout blanket with neck cover. They wear the sheets and mediums most often. When it's really really cold the barn will layer the mediums and heavies, but that's rarely necessary. They do not want/allow additional layers.

                          The horses at home each have two turnout sheets, a medium turnout blanket (200 grams for the pony and TB and the pony has a neck cover, 100 grams for the hot hairy WB), a medium blanket liner (200 grams for everyone), and a heavy turnout blanket (400 grams for everyone, the pony has a neck cover). I used to blanket everyone the same but learned that the pony runs cold and the WB runs crazy hot. So most of the time the pony is in one heavier layer than the others (if the TB and WB are in sheets, the pony is in a 200 gram medium and/or his sheet with the 200 gram liner under the sheet). The WB I rarely use the heavy turnout blanket for, when I want him in a "heavy" I do his 200 gram liner with his 100 gram medium turnout blanket overtop.

                          The liners are machine washable. They make it really easy at "add a layer" to any existing blanket (all horseware brand, mostly Rambos and some Amigos). The two sheets are handy too because if one is wet/filthy I can use the dry/clean one instead. I never layer the sheets, I rather swap them in and out for each other.

                          Boarding barn doesn't have room for all these blankets or else I would bring out a spare sheet and 200 gram liner for the two boarded horses too. Having worked in barns, I get it-- liners are more of a pain that swapping out blankets and it is much much easier if all the boarders have the SAME THING. But I personally think the ultimate "wardrobe" if you have no space/boarding limitations is 2 turnout sheets, medium weight blanket liner, medium turnout blanket with neck cover, and heavy turnout blanket with neck cover. If you have those items you have any layering combination you could want and always can have a clean/dry layer against the horse.
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