Turnout Blanket Buyer's Guide
Waterproof / Breathability
Turnout sheets and blankets need to be waterproof for turnout in the elements. Most are coated to repel water. Many blankets are Teflon® coated. The fabric repels water, but is still breathable enough to allow air and moisture to escape from the sheet/blanket. The standard for waterproof and breathability is 3000mm.
Fill / Warmth
Blankets vary in weight or amount of fill. When choosing the weight of a blanket, choose one that is appropriate for the climate and your horse. A clipped horse will probably need a greater amount of fill than an unclipped horse. Blanket fill, usually made of polyester, is measured in grams. A sheet does not contain fill. The medium weight blanket ranges between 180 grams and 200 grams of fill. A heavy weight blanket usually offers between 300 grams and 420 grams of fill.
Outer Shell Durability / Denier
Denier refers to the size or coarseness of the fiber of the blanket. The higher the denier the tougher the outer shell. Blankets vary in the denier and type of fabric. An adequate blanket will be about 600 denier, while the middle range is about 800 denier. The toughest blankets will range from about 1200 denier to 1680 denier. Ballistic nylon is the toughest type of blanket and is the least likely to tear.
Blankets typically close in the front. Clip and Dee closures can be adjusted the first time for optimum fit, then quickly released or attached without adjustment. Surcingles simply connect 2 straps. The Hug chest panel closure overlaps for freedom of movement and greater adjustment.
Neck Style / Neck Covers
Different neck styles can provide protection from the elements, by preventing water from entering the blanket at the neck area. A high cut neck offers more protection than the regular cut neck. The combo neck style has a full neck cover attached to the blanket. Some blankets have optional neck covers that can be removed.
>Blankets with regular cut neck
>Blankets with high cut neck
>Blankets with full neck combo
The gusset is located in the shoulder area and allows for freedom of movement. It retracts to keep the blanket close for warmth, but can stretch open when needed.
>Blankets with Gussets
Protects your horse from the elements and keeps the blanket from shifting.
>Blankets with a Tail Flap
>Replacement Tail Cord
Prevent the blanket from shifting and blowing up in the wind and are also useful for horses that can pull their blankets off over their heads.
>Replacement Leg Straps
Fleece at Withers
Prevents the blanket from rubbing the withers.
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