Dover Saddlery Blanket Buying Guide
To assist in better understanding the array of fabrics and options available for turnout blankets, you will find on the following pages a glossary of terms, information on turnout blanket care and a selection of turnout blankets. Please also visit our blanket finder to assist you in choosing the right blanket for your horse. If you have any further questions our product advisors would be delighted to assist you. Please click here to speak with a product specialist.
In purchasing a blanket for your horse, there are three main factors. 1-Waterproof & Breathablility: 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.
2-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.
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3-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. Other features to consider include: Front Closures: There are many different types, both adjustable and not adjustable. Some blanket closures can be adjusted once, making them a quick closure.
Neck Style: Protects the horse from the elements, prevents water from entering the blanket at the neck area. This is similar to the high neck in protecting the horse from the elements, but it offers more coverage. Gussets: The gusset is located in the shoulder area and allows for freedom of movement. Tail Flap: Protects your horse from the elements and keeps blanket from shifting. Leg Straps: 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. Fleece at Withers: Prevents the blanket from rubbing the withers.