Do you know how to select the correct horse blanket? There are many horse blanket variations. They differ in size, durability, warmth, design and color. To choose the correct horse blanket, it is necessary to determine the proper size for your horse and the type of weather your horse will be exposed to when needing a blanket. This article will assist you in determining what's right for you.
How to measure your horse for a blanket
Measure from the center of the horse's chest horizontally to the middle of the horse's tail along the fullest part of the horse. This is the measurement needed for the horse's blanket. Based on manufacturer, there may be some slight variations to this measurement. Some may recommend adding two inches to the results while others do not.
Note: American made horse blanket sizes run in increments of two inches. If your horse's measurement is between sizes, order the next larger size.
Is your horse going to be exposed to cold or wet weather conditions? Is your horse clipped?
If your horse is clipped, you will need more blanket protection than an un-clipped horse. It's recommended that you choose a blanket with a greater neck closure.
Below are some variations between the blanket needs of a clipped horse verses an un-clipped horse.
Clipped Horse Guidelines
45A�-55A� - Turnout sheet
35A�-45A� - Medium weight blanket or a turnout sheet with a fleece liner
25A�-35A� - Heavy or medium weight blanket with a fleece liner
15A�-25A� - Heavy or medium weight blanket with a blanket liner
5A�-15A� - Heavy weight blanket with a fleece liner
Below 5A� - Heavy weight blanket with a blanket liner
Un-clipped Horse Guidelines
45A�-55A� - No sheet needed
35A�-45A� - Rain sheet during wet weather
15A�-35A� - Medium weight blanket or a sheet with a fleece liner
5A�-15A� - Heavy or medium weight blanket with a fleece liner
Below 05A� - Heavy or medium weight blanket with a blanket liner
Is the blanket you chose strong enough for your needs?
The strength of the fabric is a key ingredient in purchasing the right blanket. The lower the denier thread count, the less durable the blanket will be. If you're looking for a blanket that will last, look for a thread count of at least 1200.
How much fiber filling should you look for in a blanket?
A medium weight blanket typically has 180 to 220 grams of fiber
A heavy weight blanket usually has 300 to 400 grams of fiber
Do you need a waterproof blanket?
Teflon coated blanket keep the horse dry and allows air to circulate to prevent the horse from sweating
Whichever blanket you choose, be sure to follow the care instructions so your investment will last a long time.