Know How To
2. To know if the blanket will help keep my horse warm enough
The answer to this question is dependent on how much fill is in the blanket. This determines how warm the blanket should be. The fill can be either Polyfill or Fiberfill and is measured in grams. The higher the weight number, the warmer the blanket will be. Determining a desirable weight depends on your horse’s environment and the condition of your horse’s coat. Besides the climate, also keep in mind if your horse grows a light or heavy coat, is body clipped mid-winter, is turned out with or without shelter, or kept in a barn. These are all factors in determining which blanket fill to choose.
|Fill ||Warmth |
|Sheet - No fill ||Provides protection from the wind and rain |
|100 Gram Fill ||Light Warmth |
|150 Gram Fill ||Light/Medium Warmth |
|200 Gram Fill ||Medium Warmth |
|250 Gram Fill ||Medium/Heavy Warmth |
|300 Gram Fill ||Heavy Warmth |
|400 Gram Fill ||Extra Heavy Warmth |
|Temperature ||Horse with Natural Coat ||Horse that is Body Clipped |
|50-60 Degrees ||Sheet ||Light Blanket (100g) |
|40-50 Degrees ||Light Blanket (100g) ||Light/Medium Blanket (150g-250g) |
|30-40 Degrees ||Light/Medium Blanket (150g-250g) ||Medium/Heavy Blanket (200-300g) |
|20-30 Degrees ||Medium/Heavy Blanket (200-300g) ||Heavy(300-400g) or Medium (200-300g) with Blanket Liner |
|Below 20 Degrees ||Heavy (300-400g) ||Heavy (300-400g) with Blanket Liner |
3. Measure your horsefor the Blanket
Start by standing your horse as square as possible on a flat, even surface.Next, place the tape measure at the center of the horse’s chest, over the highpoint of the shoulder. With the tape measure held in place on the chest, run italongside the horse’s body until you reach the rear of the hind leg. For themost accurate measurement, keep the tape as straight as possible along the sideof the body without following the contours of the horse’s body. If the lengthfalls on a size not offered by the blanket company, then simply round up to thenext available size being offered.
4. Cleanmy horse’s blanket
Wash it with a mild detergent and then hang to dry.
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