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.
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.
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.
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.
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.