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    Any good sales coming up?

    I'm looking to load up on winter blankets! I know I've missed the really good sales in the spring, but does anyone have a big sale planned before Sept/Oct or so?
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    #2
    Wow, nada coming up this summer?

    Does VTO do a July 4th thing? I can't remember!

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      #3
      Big Ds usually has a good 4th sale

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        #4
        I don't think they go on sale but I think Schneider's are the best blankets deal out there.
        McDowell Racing Stables

        Home Away From Home

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          #5
          I do like the stuff from SS Tack and bought a blanket or two of theirs (on sale, even!) for Pigs. Have been eyeballing this one here but hate that all sizes and weights I need are only available in brown. Would really prefer to have SOME visual of the weight or size. Nothing is shipping form them until early August anyway, so might just keep an eye on it and see if they add more colors as we get closer to the winter season...

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            #6
            This is our blanket of choice at Beval - currently 40% off

            http://www.beval.com/Products/Beval-...g/3060010.aspx

            They wear like iron. We've been adding each yr they come up on sale so we'll end up having the heavy wgt and a med. wgt and one of their turn-out sheets for each horse.

            they run large on their sizes.
            The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton

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              Originally posted by pony grandma View Post
              This is our blanket of choice at Beval - currently 40% off

              http://www.beval.com/Products/Beval-...g/3060010.aspx

              They wear like iron. We've been adding each yr they come up on sale so we'll end up having the heavy wgt and a med. wgt and one of their turn-out sheets for each horse.

              they run large on their sizes.
              Thanks for the recommendation!

              What size would you order for a horse that measures 76"? Or one that measures 82"?

              I've been using Rambos for so long that I have NO idea how other brands fit (But I sure can't afford to outfit all four in rambo!)

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                call Beval. I can't predict your sizes.
                The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton

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                  Originally posted by pony grandma View Post
                  call Beval. I can't predict your sizes.
                  Wow
                  Dawn

                  Patience and Consistency are Your Friends

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                    #10
                    agreed....wow!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Simkie View Post
                      Thanks for the recommendation!

                      What size would you order for a horse that measures 76"? Or one that measures 82"?

                      I've been using Rambos for so long that I have NO idea how other brands fit (But I sure can't afford to outfit all four in rambo!)
                      It looks like they're out of 76s and 82s since they're not showing up in the size selection menu. I think Rambos may run large, so you could try going down a size from what you order in Rambos.

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                        #12
                        What do you mean 'wow' ?

                        Measuring didn't help us - we had to ship a blanket back to downsize then it worked. I have no idea how bulky her horses are. Beval manufactures and sells the darn things and they have far more experience fitting them than I do having just bought a couple. 'Why not' ask them, instead of just thinking? why wouldn't someone start there? That's what we did - called them and they have awesome customer service.

                        wow right back at you for the thanks for recommending a great product and company.
                        The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton

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                          #13
                          Welp, I know I would be happy to share my "my horse measures X from middle of chest to middle of tail and takes Y size in blanket brand Z" experiences. In fact, if anyone would like that info for Rambo, Kensington, Centaur or SS Tack, I would be happy to post what's worked for my horses

                          I guess I didn't realize what an unreasonable thing it was to ask you, Pony Grandma. Generally when people say "the blankets run big," they have some sort of reference for that. Thank you again for the recommendation and sorry to trouble you with such a superfluous question.

                          If anyone else has real life experience with the Bevals, I would love to hear from you!

                          And! Back to the original question--any other good sales/deals on blankets? We will likely try to wind up with a few different brands to tell the difference between sizes and weights...

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                            because ..... I've never had any of those name brands of blankets to be able to offer you any comparisons. I used my old blankets from back in the 70's (brands and even sizes lost on me), we lived simple while raising the kids and the horses were wooly and they had good winter shelter so I never invested in any new style blankets.

                            Then I raised a few foals and when they grew out of my old stuff and it's all too worn to use now, I started buying the newer nicer ones. So now all I have are Bevals and I am pleased with them so I keep buying them. I have no comparisons, I have no clue what size Rambo I'd buy - if I could. Someone did give me a Weatherbeeta, it's a size 68 so that's no help to you, is it?

                            I originally ordered a 78 and traded it back for a 76. I ordered two 74's based on that experience. My horses are 15.3, 16.0 and 16.2.

                            http://www.myhorsechat.com/tag/horse-blankets/

                            Blanketing is not an exact science. Horses have varying coat types, personal comfort in certain temperatures, body shapes, etc. It can require a few trips of purchasing/returning to make sure you get the right blankets for your horse. Blanket retailers do not share an exact size measurement. A 78? size in a Weatherbeeta is not the same as a 78? in a Curvon Baker sheet. The best way to decide what brands fit your horse best is by taking note of their physical nuances (broad shoulders, high withers, etc.) and then talking to the companies on their Facebook pages or customer service departments to ask what body shapes their blankets fit best. Beval Saddlery also notes that American and European blankets fit differently.
                            The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton

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                              #15
                              Smartpak had their 75% off sale recently. I saw a few blankets when I browsed through.
                              www.thetexasequestrian.com

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Belmont View Post
                                Smartpak had their 75% off sale recently. I saw a few blankets when I browsed through.
                                Huh. Any feedback on the SmartPak Ultimate blanket they have on sale? Looks like the sheet is about all that's available. Not opposed to that, but don't know anything about it.

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                                  #17
                                  One good thing about smartpak is they publish all the reviews, both good and bad. There should be some good feedback on that page.
                                  McDowell Racing Stables

                                  Home Away From Home

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                                    #18
                                    I thought this was interesting. Measured all of the horses today, by the standard middle of chest to middle of tail method and also by the method Beval's describes

                                    Blush, 15.3+ hand TB mare:
                                    77 standard method
                                    74 Beval method
                                    Wears a 75" Rambo

                                    Dove, 16.1 hand TB mare, build like a BRICK HOUSE:
                                    80 standard method
                                    74 Beval method
                                    Wears a 75" Rambo

                                    Seven, 16.1 hand TB mare, built and porky:
                                    82 standard method
                                    78 Beval mothod
                                    I'd guess 81" Rambo? The 75" is comically small on her.

                                    Piggy, 15.3 hand TB gelding, compact and lightish:
                                    76 standard method
                                    71 Beval method
                                    I'd guess 72" Rambo--the 75" hangs on him a bit

                                    Based on this, I ordered two 74" Bevals for Blush and Dove in medium and heavy--figure if they're too small, I can return one set and use the other on Piggers.

                                    I was surprised just HOW much shorter the Beval method of measuring is. It makes visual sense when you're looking at the horse (especially with Dove's giant butt!) but if I had to guess, I would have only taken 2" off of the traditional measurement!

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                                      #19
                                      Simkie, if you're on Facebook, there is a group for used Horseware items - quite a few Rambo, Rhino, etc. to be had on there at really reasonable prices. Might be an alternative to guesswork on sizing a different brand.

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                                        #20
                                        Vto told me they will be doing their sale soon.

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