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Five Tips for Blanketing Horses

  1. To get the most of the waterproof protection on your horse’s turnout blanket, whisk away dried mud, manure and grime with a brush or broom.

  2. Does your horse rip blankets? Choose a blanket with a higher denier. The term “denier” refers to the thickness of the synthetic fabric used as the outer layer of a blanket, and it indicates how durable the blanket will be. The higher the denier, the tougher the fabric.

  3. Rub marks or abraded hair on your horse’s chest, shoulders or mane indicate a poorly fitting blanket. Try different blanket styles to alleviate pressure points, and/or take a new measurement to double check your horse’s size.

  4. Get to know your own horse’s needs for blanketing—each individual is unique. What is considered a medium weight blanket on one horse may feel like be a heavy weight blanket on another. No one prescription for blanketing exists.

  5. Has your horse grown a bit of a natural hair coat? Then don’t layer on a turnout sheet just because of snow or cold. The sheet will actually flatten the fluffy hair through which body heat circulates as a natural insulation for your horse. Instead, be sure to add a blanket that has fill to create the insulation.