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  • Blanket Damage

    So- my horse is on outdoor board and shares her paddock with a mini, a small Welsh pony and a 14'3hh QH.They share a round bale covered with net so lots of food to go around, and have been together for a couple of months. I blanket carefully with good quality turnouts, and ALL of them have been damaged by bites on the rump- heavy weight blanket has large rip with padding removed, mid weight had the tail flap torn off as well as holes over the butt, one rain sheet completely destroyed (probable by getting stepped on after tearing), 2 rain sheets have tears over rump consistent with bites as well- 5 turnouts damaged. I have never found repaired blankets to be really waterproof again. Neither the mini or the Welshie could reach my mare's bum to bite her which leaves QH who is basically the same size. Not much doubt about the aggressor. Her blanket is intact.
    I expect a certain amount of wear and tear on horse clothing but this is getting REALLY annoying, not to say expensive! I have never had this problem in 20 years of boarding. At what point would you ask for horses to be separated? I hate to be a complainer but am concerned this may escalate to physical damage. What would you do?

  • #2
    My one QH gelding damages the blankets of all the other horses when he has access. So now he wears a bib on his halter whenever blankets of any kind are in play. Works a charm.
    No matter where you go, there you are


    • #3
      I was just going to suggest a bib attached to a leather halter worn by the aggressor.

      Otherwise, I think there's no harm in asking your BM if your horse can be separated from the blanket shreddah


      • Original Poster

        No halters in turnout- but maybe I will suggest this. I know bibs prevent horses chewing wraps and own blankets etc but will they prevent biting someone else's blanket?
        Unfortunately owner of shredder is a newbie and visits seldom. I haven't seen her for weeks. I might have to provide myself. It would be cheaper than replacing blankets!


        • #5
          Originally posted by demidq View Post
          No halters in turnout- but maybe I will suggest this. I know bibs prevent horses chewing wraps and own blankets etc but will they prevent biting someone else's blanket?
          Unfortunately owner of shredder is a newbie and visits seldom. I haven't seen her for weeks. I might have to provide myself. It would be cheaper than replacing blankets!
          It goes without saying that putting a bib on someone else's horse must be approved by the HO first. Have you talked to BM to see what remedies they recommend? It will go better for you if you and the BM are working off the same piece of sheet music.


          • #6
            Will the bib interfere with eating hay from a netted round bale?


            • #7
              Put a fly sheet over the turnout sprayed with rip last. They might bite it once or twice, but are generally fast learners.

              Or separate horse from the blanket shredder.
              "Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested." Ina Garten


              • #8
                Originally posted by demidq View Post
                No halters in turnout- but maybe I will suggest this. I know bibs prevent horses chewing wraps and own blankets etc but will they prevent biting someone else's blanket?
                Unfortunately owner of shredder is a newbie and visits seldom. I haven't seen her for weeks. I might have to provide myself. It would be cheaper than replacing blankets!
                I do not have halters on in turnout but I make an exception in this case. My guy was causing a lot of damage until I resorted to using the bib. Not a single blanket has been torn since he has been wearing it. He had been tearing the tail flaps off etc just as you describe. Definitely has been worth it - and yes of course the owner has to be the one who okays using a halter and bib!
                No matter where you go, there you are


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Garythesquirrel View Post
                  Will the bib interfere with eating hay from a netted round bale?
                  The bib has not interfered with anything besides the blanket-chewing. The horse can drink and eat with no problem - even grain.
                  No matter where you go, there you are


                  • Original Poster

                    I will definitely contact shredder's owner to suggest bib!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by luvmyhackney View Post
                      Put a fly sheet over the turnout sprayed with rip last. They might bite it once or twice, but are generally fast learners.
                      Yep, this here exactly. The stiff fly sheet fabric like in the Kensingtons is awesome for this stuff--it's damned near indestructible! Kensington even makes a turnout with a protective sheet built into the top, but just layering works too.


                      • #12
                        My question is what are you using for blankets? 600d or 1200d for the outside fabric? Many people cut costs by buying the lighter weight which is okay if your horse is out alone or with a few friends. If they are in a larger group the 600 won't hold up. I've watched people replace a 600 with another 600 which gets expensive. The problem also has to do with who is out there and how well they get along - or not. My 25 y.o. gelding on pasture board has been in the "alpha" role for a very long time. His herd knows the rules and they get off the round bale when I turn him out, then rearrange themselves after he picks his spot. A little pinning of the ears or tossing his nose is enough. Several new horses have arrived recently but they adapt pretty quickly. Bite marks or tearing on their bare butts or blankets isn't much of an issue. There are 11-12 now and most of them are the BO's lesson horses, younger and not blanketed. Hay availability makes a difference. There should be 3 round bales because there are a few little groups. Usually they have 2.

                        I'm always watching what is going on out there and it has gotten very interesting. My guy appears to be moving towards retirement and there are a couple that are keeping an eye on him and helping out. Quite a few people have noticed those changes but there still hasn't been much biting.
                        Last edited by walktrot; Jan. 20, 2020, 03:08 AM.
                        "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019


                        • Original Poster

                          Simkie- all my blankets are 1200d, good brands like Weatherbeeta and Rambo so not cheap to replace. I agree that 600 is only good for solitary turn out where you are sure there are no sharp protruberences anywhere!

                          There are only the 4 equines (2 smalls) on the round bale, they have been together now for about 2 months. Previously they were all in a large group (8) but the fatties were moved to another paddock and got a net over their round bale. Shredder was kept in her place by the alpha in the big group. My mare has always been a middle-of-the-pack type girl and I have not seen her challenging shredder, nor do the ponies. I am out most days and always watch for a good while. Shredder chases them all away from the bale, and sometimes my mare just doesn't move fast enough for her! The three lower on the pecking order come to the round bale when shredder moves off. Mind you, none of them are anywhere near starvation

                          As I mentioned, I have boarded for many years, my mare is used to group turnout, but this is a new situation for me. I think I need to sit down with BO for a discussion about the dynamics. For the record, ponies are nekkid so get bites but no ripped blankets!


                          • #14
                            Yep, I didn't say anything about denier of the blankets, but even the heavy ones can get shredded by a dedicated blanket grabber! The Kensington fly sheets run maybe 100 bucks and last FOREVER. The textilene is FAR more durable than what blankets are made of. Tossing one on top is a really easy, fairly cheap, way to save your $$$$ blankets from shredding!