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    Lightweight Rain Sheet Recommendations

    Trying to adapt to 60 degrees and pouring for days on end. Mare is not loving her no fill sheet that's a heavy material but she needs something on her, preferrably with a neck as she is getting a lot of water under the chest section.

    Does anyone make an ultra lightweight sheet with a neck that can hold up to real rain? Of course, all sheets eventually need to be rotated but I want something that can make it 12 hours while her normal sheet dries out for overnight use.

    Before someone says "Don't be a sissy it is 60 degrees, leave her bare" It is still getting into the upper 30s at night. She's out 24/7 so having 4" of soaking wet coat in the 30s sounds really miserable.

    What level denier is her current sheet? You said she does not like how heavy it is, maybe something a little less durable would be lighter? Everythjng I own is 1200d as mine are a bit rough.

    But if yours is easy on things try getting a less durable blanket, it may be a bit lighter.


      I feel like my Jeffers turnout sheet is a bit lighter then my Weatherbeeta or Smartpak ones, but it's held up well for 2 or 3 years now. It has a removable neck hood.


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        Originally posted by RoyalRain42 View Post
        What level denier is her current sheet? You said she does not like how heavy it is, maybe something a little less durable would be lighter? Everythjng I own is 1200d as mine are a bit rough.

        But if yours is easy on things try getting a less durable blanket, it may be a bit lighter.
        That's a good thought. I hadn't really connected that a higher denier is going to be heavier because it is more durable. Her sheet and blanket are 1200D. She is pretty easy on her stuff. I'd assumed lower deniers are less waterproof. Perhaps that's an inaccurate assumption?


          Originally posted by GraceLikeRain View Post

          That's a good thought. I hadn't really connected that a higher denier is going to be heavier because it is more durable. Her sheet and blanket are 1200D. She is pretty easy on her stuff. I'd assumed lower deniers are less waterproof. Perhaps that's an inaccurate assumption?
          Not necessarily less waterproof (that depends on the treatment), just less durable. I don't buy under 1000 even though my horse is generally not rough on his blankets.


            The Amigo Mio sheets are quite lightweight. However, they do not have a neck cover attachment (though it’d be fairly easy to add the attachment rings, I think). I’ve bought a couple of them recently just for the purpose you describe—warm, rainy days this winter when it’s too warm for their “heavier” sheets. I’ve used them a couple of days when we had 1-1.5” of rain over about 12 hours, and the horses kept dry underneath. One day their shoulders did get wet, one day they didn’t. I think it depended on the amount of wind (wind-driven rain v. not). Both times, I brought them inside at night anyway. By the next morning, sheets were dry after being hung up (another advantage to being lightweight). Considering how inexpensive they are (<$50), I’m pleased with them. Even if they only stay waterproof for the 2 years of their guarantee, they’re worth it.
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              I have a Bucas Sunshower sheet for my delicate flower girl. We don't get much all-day rain, and if we do, she stays in her stall, but it's supposed to be waterproof. It is nice and lightweight. I keep it on her until it starts hitting 70 (because when it's sunny she'll go lay on wet in her pen to sun herself).


                The Rhino Plus sheet and hood are the lightest weight with a hood we have found, 3 year waterproof warranty. On its second year and keeping horse dry in the down pours still. It is lighter than the Smartpak sheets. The Jeffers sheets leaked in less than a year and are a touch heavier. Without a hood the Mio is still the lightest.


                  I have two lightweight sheets that I really like. One is a Rhino Wug and the other is an Amigo Bravo with a hood. Both do a good job of keeping the horses dry but are lightweight. I actually prefer these to the Rambo sheet for that very reason.


                    My Amigo Bravo lightweight with extended neck is getting the job done this crazy warm wet Mid Atlantic “winter”. Fit seems similar to the 100g Horseware I replaced when their new blankets started becoming a major fail for “waterproofness”. Maybe a bit tighter in the neck.


                      If you can do the 1200d the Horze Avalanche Supreme are really nice blankets. My Paint gelding is quite narrow in front. Years ago I found some nice turnout blankets that fit perfectly. They were discontinued. Pretty much everything else I tried didn't fit properly so his shoulders were getting soaked. I contacted the store where I bought the original batch and she suggested the Avalanche Supreme which she was using on her own horses. I was skeptical when I looked at them online, but saw them at Equine Affaire and got a set with rain sheet, medium and heavy. I found a medium with a hood on sale last year which I use for very cold or heavy snowstorms.

                      The biggest advantage is the design of the high neck. They have a triangular gusset sewn in that extends over the withers. It doesn't sit on the withers so they don't rub. High necks on most sheets are just an extension of the fabric without any curve along the topline. There are two sets of double T buckles on the front with a lot of adjustability. The tail flap is huge. They have plenty of length for larger horses. They are very well made. My horse is on pasture board and is on his third winter in them. It looks to me like the Avalanche Supreme are made by another company and Horze has the US franchise.

                      The biggest problem I find is the water resistance on any brand. When they are out all the time it weathers, but doesn't leak; the lining stays dry. I sent them out to a shop that launders and waterproofs them. They came back like new, including Velcro that was totally cleaned out.

                      I use a rain sheet below about 50 because my horse is 25 and doesn't put on extra pounds. I don't want him soaked to the skin and shivering. At 60 I would worry that it is too warm for a lining and she would get overheated. .
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                        Originally posted by fourfillies View Post
                        My Amigo Bravo lightweight with extended neck is getting the job done this crazy warm wet Mid Atlantic “winter”. Fit seems similar to the 100g Horseware I replaced when their new blankets started becoming a major fail for “waterproofness”. Maybe a bit tighter in the neck.
                        I agree about the tightness in the neck. I just got one of the Amigo Bravo Wug lights...trying to find something to fit the gal...I like that it doesn’t clamp down on her withers, but I think it’s tighter at the base of her neck than the regular neck Bravo. Think I’m going to get creative with the needle and thread and heavy-duty elastic.
                        Last edited by seabreeze; Feb. 15, 2020, 01:40 PM.
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                          The lightest turnout sheets in our barn are Amigo Mio. I would not recommend for a horse who is tough on rugs or has rowdy friends.

                          The Amigo Bravo 12 line holds up well. Size up from your horse’s usual Horseware size (or order to measure.) Comes with hood rings.
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                            I really liked this sheet for my gelding - I was worried with it being only 840d, but it never ripped, and never soaked through, even after heavy rainstorms. Can't say the same for some of my 1200d Amigos - those would be damp after a day of rain.



                              Schneider's has a breathable rain sheet. They also have a really good warranty on most blankets.
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