Posted September 18, 2018 in Equine Blog by Jeffers Staff
You want to keep your horse warm, but you don’t want them to sweat, and you certainly want your horse’s blanket to fit properly. Jeffers Equine has constructed a complete horse blanket guide to ensure that you are properly choosing, fitting, and caring for your horse blankets.
If you end up with a measurement in-between blanket sizes, round down to the smaller size. Purchasing a horse blanket that is too large can cause it to shift during turnout. It can also cause the horse to get caught up in the blanket, which will result in rips or injuries to your horse.
Your horse’s turnout blankets may need to be cleaned from time to time and certainly after each season.
Some horse blankets can be machine-washed at home, depending on the capacity of your washer and machine specifications.
The Rambo Horse Blanket Wash is a special cleaning concentration for all horse rugs and blankets. It’s 100% biodegradable, formulated to be environmentally-friendly, and is safe to use on all synthetics, canvas, cotton, poly-cotton, polyester, acrylic, and denim.
Wash your horse blanket by following these steps:
Check your blanket manufacturer’s recommendations. If you are in any doubt, seek out the services of a local professional blanket-washing business to care for your horse blanket.
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive has to do with blanket weight. More specifically, horse owners want to know which blanket weight to use for certain temperatures. This is a tough question to answer because every horse is different, but here is a chart to serve as a starting point.
This list does not take into consideration wind chill or precipitation, so you will need to factor those into your decision. This is particularly important for horses who are clipped and/or live outside. You will also need to take into account your horse’s body condition; thinner horses may require warmer blankets, for example.
In general, you want to keep your horse warm, but you don’t want them to sweat.
Horse Blanket Temperature Chart:
|Average Temp (°F)||Unclipped Horse||Clipped Horse|
|60°||Nothing||Nothing or lite turnout (no fill) if rainy &/or windy|
|40°||Lite turnout||Medium turnout w/ standard or high neck|
|30°||Lite to medium turnout||Medium turnout w/ high neck or neck cover|
|20°||Medium turnout||Medium turnout w/ neck cover|
|10°||Medium turnout w/ standard or high neck||Heavy turnout w/ neck cover|
|0°||Medium or heavy turnout w/ neck cover||Heavy turnout w/ neck cover or double blanket|
|Below 0°||Heavy turnout w/ neck cover||Double blanket w/ neck cover|
Jeffers Equine has your horse covered with the perfect horse blankets to keep them warm during the colder months. A wide array of unique blankets to choose from to fit your needs, whether medium weight horse blanket, light weight horse blanket, or heavyweight horse blanket.
For additional information on how to properly measure for a horse blanket, please see the video below:
If you’d like more information or have any additional questions, please contact our Equine Specialist, Kim Cahill, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-800-533-3377 and ask for Kim.