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  • Talk to me about blanket liners

    Hello all. I will be moving barns next weekend, and for the first time ever Pony will live outside. There's a solid shelter, but he's to dumb to use it. So I'm making sure I have a good selection of blankets for the winter. I'm in central Arkansas.

    I currently have 2 northwinds. One sheet and one heavy weight. I know I need at least one in the middle, or both a light and medium weight. Unfortunately, I'm poor. I can really only afford one. But I had a thought!

    Can I use blanket liners under the sheet for a DIY light and medium weight? There's no hooks or attachments so it'd just hung out under. Does this work? I really don't see any liners with gussets, are they more prone to rubbing? Will this be more work for the BO?

    TIA!
    When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

    Official Secretary of Sass

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    You can, but it should have at least leg straps or a tail strap, or slots to run the top layer blanket's leg straps through. And it should definitely be nylon- lined, at least in the chest/ shoulders and preferably completely or it will really rub. And make sure your turnout sheet completely covers it so that it doesn't get wet when it rains.

    I don't mind layering but definitely prefer that all blankets can also be used separately (at least somewhat waterproof and having their own surcingles/ straps), but I do understand being poor. If he's unclipped or traceclipped I would probably just get an in between turnout blanket to start with-- something that is like 100- 180 grams of fill and have them layer that with the sheet and that may be enough until you need the heavy.

    I use the cheapo Saxon 180 gram blanket for temps in the high 20s to low 40s on my traceclipped guys and it works great.

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    • #3
      If your current blankets don't have hooks for liners, then placing actual liners under them will cause them to slide around and I don't think they'll work very well. If you can't get new turnouts (they are $$$$) then I would suggest getting stable blankets to act like liners. The belly surcingles on the stable blanket will help it stay in place. Be prepared for some friction between the layers, though, which may cause the underlayer to shift around.

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      • Original Poster

        #4
        https://www.statelinetack.com/item/r...waAgzuEALw_wcB

        Would something like this work? Plus maybe a boss bib to help rubbing?

        He's currently trace clipped but I need the option to go for a full clip as needed.
        When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

        Official Secretary of Sass

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        • #5
          I find the nylon blanket liners from Schneiders to work very well. They have slots to run leg or tail straps through to keep them in place and I've never had an issue with the liners shifting.

          I always get the closed front ones because they're the simplest.

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          • #6
            I live where the air hurts your face in winter (ie. Calgary) so we are well versed up here with layering for the cold.

            After 12 years of keeping horses up here I’ve found my favourite layering solution is the Amigo Insulator blankets. I’ve got them in various weights and they get combined with my turnouts to make the appropriate amount of insulation for any weather that hits us.

            They are economical and don’t rub in my experience. I’ve used them under weatherbeeta and Amigo and Rambo turnouts without issue. And they’re easy to wash at home. They’ve got belly straps and leg straps so they stay on by themselves if used as a stable blanket as well.

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            • #7
              You might want to check with your barn owner or manager to see if they have feelings on liners and layering blankets, as liners are generally considered to be more of a hassle to deal with. It would be a shame to buy liners and then be told the barn won't use them

              Have you checked Facebook for blanket deals? I see really impressive prices on used stuff all the time. Might be an option?

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              • #8
                For several years I've used an Amigo heavyweight stable blanket underneath a turnout sheet. No rubbing or shifting. Just be sure to groom and check your pony regularly.

                Does it get cold enough in Arkansas for a heavyweight? Here in NJ, last year I used a medium weight turnout and it was plenty warm.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by pony baloney View Post
                  For several years I've used an Amigo heavyweight stable blanket underneath a turnout sheet. No rubbing or shifting. Just be sure to groom and check your pony regularly.

                  Does it get cold enough in Arkansas for a heavyweight? Here in NJ, last year I used a medium weight turnout and it was plenty warm.
                  Normally it doesn't get cold enough, but he's clipped. And I'm paranoid. I ordered an amigo lightweight liner with leg straps, I think it's 100g. Should I get a 200g too?
                  When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

                  Official Secretary of Sass

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                  • #10
                    Yes. get the 200g as well, we keep both 100g and 200g on hand, because when you need it, you need it right now. We use the Horseware liners with the snaps that go on the leg strap D rings. We never use the front velcro tabs and they stay on just fine under several different brands of waterproof sheets, even after a good roll. For the rare arctic weather blasts, we have used both at the same time as a 300g liner, they layer quite well and do not shift.

                    Edited: Ours also live out 24/7. Horseware has pony sizes in this liner also.
                    https://shop.horseware.com/product/h...r-200g-medium/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cbg View Post
                      I find the nylon blanket liners from Schneiders to work very well. They have slots to run leg or tail straps through to keep them in place and I've never had an issue with the liners shifting.

                      I always get the closed front ones because they're the simplest.
                      I love these and always have 3 or 4 stashed.
                      "Punch him in the wiener. Then leave." AffirmedHope

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cbg View Post
                        I find the nylon blanket liners from Schneiders to work very well. They have slots to run leg or tail straps through to keep them in place and I've never had an issue with the liners shifting.

                        I always get the closed front ones because they're the simplest.
                        Yes. The Schneider's one has a closed front and slots where the leg slots go. I used one of these for years and years. Taking the layer off is a PITA due to the closed front. But the liner is inexpensive, cheap, didn't move and didn't rub.

                        Here's the one I had: https://www.sstack.com/adjusta-fit-v...SABEgJ_ePD_BwE
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                        • #13
                          It’s ideal to have a turnout in every weight, but I also understand the money aspect. Yes, a liner and a sheet will work as a DIY blanket of whatever weight liner you choose. We have liners for each of our horses, it’s nice to have as a backup if someone wrecks a turnout blanket.

                          We have 100 gram and 200 gram liners, so we can essentially customize any weight blanket we want. They’re a lot more affordable than a full turnout, and you can also wash them in your home washer unlike big turnout blankets. It’ll also cut down on your end of season blanket washing expenses which is nice.

                          We use the Rambo liners. They would work with any blanket—they clip to the leg strap/tail cord rings and Velcro in the front. You can also Velcro them around the neck with a Horseware blanket, but you don’t have to. My horse is more comfortable without the neck Velcros attached.

                          My horse has spent most of this winter in his medium 250g with a 100g liner. He’s blanket clipped and a harder keeper. It hasn’t been cold enough for his truly heavy weight, but the lighter heavy weight of the medium plus liner is perfect for the weather right now.

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                          • #14
                            The Amigo ones are not bad under a sheet. They have their own straps.

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                            • #15
                              If you go with Amigo, make sure your get the 'insulator'...they have the straps. The liners don't have belly straps.

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                                #16
                                I grabbed a 200g horze Nevada stable blanket too. Hopefully that'll cover us well enough. Thanks all!
                                When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

                                Official Secretary of Sass

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                                • #17
                                  A little late...I have a liner that my new guy outgrew last season. What size did you need? This is a schneiders closed front..size 60...We also have the matching sheet. If you have any interest, let me know.

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                                  • Original Poster

                                    #18
                                    81 unfortunately, but thanks!
                                    When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

                                    Official Secretary of Sass

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                                    • #19
                                      Dover is having a big sale on Northwinds right now...all weights are $99. You wouldnt get by spending much less for a liner!

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by spacehorse View Post
                                        Dover is having a big sale on Northwinds right now...all weights are $99. You wouldnt get by spending much less for a liner!
                                        Phew thanks for the heads up! I've been waiting for this sale for weeks because my horse won't stop outgrowing his blankets....even though he's 11....I was getting tired of his bum cheeks sticking out every time he puts his head down

                                        OP my mother has a Northwind Dover blanket, it's very nice. $99 is a steal, I got mine for $95 with my USEF code. Free exchanges and returns on sized items as well.

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