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  • So Cal Blanket Question

    It's been a while since I bought blankets, so I can't remember what the stats are on the ones I have - here's the question:

    I'm looking at some blankets and I have a choice between these:

    Warmth Levels: Heavyweight (380 gm insulation), Midweight (220 gm insulation)

    Since we have goofy weather where it can go from 65 to 35 in a matter of hours but really doesn't get FRIGID - is 380 gm insulation too much for a stable-kept horse?

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    I live in so cal too - so I think I can understand and relate to your question!

    My opinion is both of those weights are way too heavy for even a clipped horse in our environment. Maybe the 220 gm would be OK, if it was getting down into the 30's at night, and you could take the blanket off during the day - and your horse was clipped. I have a 220 gm but use it very rarely, because he will sweat under it if it warms up too quick in the morning. Especially on a stalled horse, I think even 220 gm is pushing it - but then I would rather have them on the chilly side than sweating.

    I am currently using a kensington roustabout 180 gm blanket and it keeps him warm, but he doesn't sweat when the morning warms up.

    I want to get their 80 gm rain sheet for spring, but will try to see what deals they have going at the equine affaire before buying one online. Kensington makes a great blanket, specifically for our climate.

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    • #3
      I think I have the same one as Saddith and it works well for my horse. It is billed as being comfortable from the 20s to the 60's. Star lives more inland where the night temperatures drop more than closer to the coast. He will sweat if he's wearing it with temperatures in the 60s, but he runs hotter than most of the horses in the barn. Many of the horses have 220 g or more and are fine. Star lives in a stall which is a bit more open than a traditional barn.

      I, too, lust after the rain sheet...
      The Evil Chem Prof

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      • #4
        We are at the beach, mine is in a fully-covered, 3/4 walled pipe, I clipped him in late September (he grew back some, not much), and he wears a quilted Big D. A few days before Xmas he went nekkid because he'd smooshed himself up against the pipe in pissing down rain so he could get wet, and since the blanket had to dry out and the others were too heavy, oh well. I have no idea what the weight is on the Big Ds, but they sure do polish the coat, they are very lightweight for the warmth they give (a godsend when your horse wears an 88) and I don't have sweating problems.

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        • #5
          Yep Peggy, that is the one I have - except I have the cutback version. He will sweat under it if it gets into the 60's during the day, but I try to take it off of him if I know it is getting up into the 50's. Although he wore it for 3 straight days when we had those 10 inches of rain, and no rubs or wear showed up. It was just too danged wet and muddy to take it off ! Good thing your horse is bigger than mine Peggy - that way at the EA we won't be fighting for the same one.

          I do have a 220 gm Kodiak blanket that I use, but it just makes him sweat if it gets above 50 degrees. I clipped my horse in early October, and yes he has grown a bit of a coat back, but that was because I bought that roustabout a month and a half later so he was in just a stable sheet until then. My horse has an in and out, so he can go inside out of the wind and rain pretty much, so a 220 gm is really more than he needs.

          We rarely get down to freezing here, usually the coldest we get is low 40's or high 30's so we don't need any heavier of a coat than 220 gm in my opinion. I knew I shouldn't have clipped this year - it probably would have been dry and warm if I had left Glimmer hairy!

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          • #6
            Well, Saddith, I managed to score one of the 80-g fill ones off eBay that is even last year's green color so no competition from me on any size. It looks just like my 180-g fill one on the outside, tho it didn't come with the velcro-on belly band. Star wore it last night and seemed to approve.

            He's pretty funny. You can stand in the stall door with the heavier one and he will turn his tail on you and walk away if he doesn't want to wear it. Bring out the day sheet and he comes back. Or, if it's going to be cold he marches right over and sticks his neck in the opening. I should try to get him a job as the channel 5 weather horse.
            The Evil Chem Prof

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