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Winter Blanket for a Narrow Chested Horse

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  • Winter Blanket for a Narrow Chested Horse

    Does anyone have experience fitting a narrow chested horse for winter blanket? Suggestions needed.
    "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach

  • #2
    I like the Dover Northwinds. Neither of my boys are narrow-chested, but plenty of the horses at the barn are. These blankets have plenty of adjustments in the chest and are very durable (least in my opinion... about half the horses at the barn (roughly 12) have the same blanket... and they are all still holding up, seasons later).
    Proud owner of Gus & Gringo.
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    • #3
      Love my Shires for my narrow guy, very adjustable front end, no rubbing in front or binding at withers
      Windwalker Ridge: Gaited horses, lessons, training, sales


      • #4
        If you can't get one exactly right 'off the rack', if everything fits but the neck hole is too big and it sags low on the shoulders, you can take it to a awning or saddle maker and have darts sewn in the shoulders to make the neck smaller. I did that for some of my TB yearlings who were built like fence rails.
        Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
        Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.


        • #5
          I adore the Rambo Wug (purple) for my horse, who is 17h but wears a 48" girth...yes he is NARROW. He also has huge withers/shoulders and this is the only blanket that does not rub.
          A friend of mine has used the Dover Hug blankets on her narrow TB and also liked them. Cheaper than the Rambo as well.


          • #6
            My guys is also tall/narrow/shark-finned. He's 16.3 and wears a 48"-50" depending on the girth. His withers are HUGE. He has a Rambo original heavyweight (81") in it's 7th season and I love how it fits him. It doesn't move and he never gets blanket rubs from it. It also looks brand new after it's cleaned.

            I got him a midweight Dover Northwind this year and it's holding up well and fits nicely too, no blanket rubs or anything. Like another poster said, lots of room for adjustment in the chest area. I got him a 78" in this.


            • Original Poster

              Great ideas, just what I was hoping. My poor checkbook is suffering from the recession, so Rambos are out. Will look into the Dover blankets and Shires. Patty Stiller, interesting idea, where did they put the darts? My current blanket, Weathabeta Landa, is in great shape, it just sags at the front and causes rubbing.
              "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach


              • #8
                I have an extremely narrow chested mule and the only kinds of blankets that work are the "european cut" (cut higher on the neck) ones like Rambo. I order down a size for him as well, ie, he measures a 75, but I go with a 74 for him.


                • Original Poster

                  Just checked the NorthWind at the Dover, too much money for me right now ($169.) Looks like a great blanket, just not in my price range. Are they carried by other tack stores . . . maybe on sale?
                  "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach


                  • #10
                    The Northwinds are actually on sale in the catalog until April 09.

                    Heavy - 139.70
                    Medium - 129.80
                    Light (100 grams) - 119.80
                    Sheet (no fill) - 124. 70


                    • #11
                      As long as your horse isn't a blanket destroyer, the Dover Hug would probably work for him (only 600 denier). I use them on my narrow-chested Arab, and they're a great fit in the neck, with no shoulder rubs. Not too expensive either - at this time of year, they might very well be on sale.
                      RIP Victor... I'll miss you, you big galumph.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Calhoun View Post
                        My current blanket, Weathabeta Landa, is in great shape, it just sags at the front and causes rubbing.
                        I was going to suggest you stay away from Weatherbetta's because they don't fit any of the narrow-chested horses here. What about the Rhino line by Horseware?
                        JB-Infinity Farm


                        • #13
                          I have a high-neck rhino wug which fits my skinny tb great normal necks just sag on her shoulders. I also have a smartpak brand smartpink thinsulate blanket that also fits her very well.
                          “It's about the horse and that's it.” - GM

                          !! is the new .


                          • #14
                            Weatherbeetas fit great on my beefier mare, but the new narrow-chested TB mare got terrible rubs. The Rhino wugs are so much better for her.
                            Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


                            • #15
                              Schneider's has GREAT blankets at GREAT prices. I have my whole barn hooked on them! I have yet to find a horse that these blankets don't fit. They're also having a great sale right now. Great blanket at a great price and IMO they're a better blanket than anything else on the market.
                              I would make sure to get a VFit one, as the Euro fit doesn't have a back seam and tends to slip on occasion. The VFit fit likes a glove on all of my guys!
                              Happy shopping!
                              'To do something common, uncommonly well, brings success' -HJH
                              'Shealinator'- My Saratoga/ Finger Lakes Finest