Buckle Up for Blanket Season

2016’s best blankets.
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2016’s best blankets.

Choosing a blanket for your horse is a daunting task. With so many styles, price points, features, and colors to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin. Never fear: We’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of blankets that fit the different wants of riders and their equine partners. 

Blue Ribbon Blankets
The Winter Rug incorporates style into a functional, everyday turnout blanket. The 1,000-denier, water-resistant fabric can withstand harsh climates and has a long-lasting color-fastness, meaning your blanket won’t fade. It’s insulated with 10 ounces of wool felt; lined with plush, non-pilling, brushed fleece; and has faux beaver at the withers to provide comfort for your horse.

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What you’ll love: Looking for a truly personalized cover? Blue Ribbon Blankets specializes in customization and monogramming, giving you full control of each piece.

More info: $307; blueribbonblankets.com.

Noble Outfitters
The Guardsman 340 features 1,000-denier cordura ballistic rip-stop nylon, a great option for horses that are tough on blankets. Its contoured fit and long-cut leg coverage is specifically designed to keep major muscle groups warm and allows the blanket to move with the horse. Memory foam distributes pressure evenly across his neck and withers, creating a more comfortable fit. The scalloped, deep-cut neck gives more range of motion, making it easier for your horse to eat or sleep.

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What you’ll love: Don’t worry about having to take your gloves off in the dead of winter to adjust this blanket. The 360 Quick Connect System’s oversized snaps are easy to use—even with gloves.

More info: $199.95; nobleoutfitters.com.

Weaver Leather
The Weaver Leather turnout blanket (#35-1516) is made from 1,200-denier rip-stop material and offers 300 grams of polyester fiber fill. The full cut, large drop, and tail flap contour the blanket to your horse’s body, allowing for maximum coverage and warmth and reducing wind exposure. The snap-front closure is safeguarded with a hook-and-loop closure, which makes it secure while your horse is wearing it, but is still easy for you to put on or take off.

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What you’ll love: If you’re looking for a budget-friendly blanket solution, look no further. This turnout blanket’s price makes it the perfect solution for penny-pinching riders.

More info: $118.19; ridethebrand.com.

WeatherBeeta
The ComFiTec Ultra Cozi blanket offers ultimate strength, waterproofing, and breathability with its 1,680-denier ballistic nylon outer shell with Teflon coating. The full tail flap wraps around your horse’s hind quarters, keeping him warm. The memory-foam wither-relief pad contours to his shape and lifts the blanket off his withers, preventing rubbing or discomfort. On extra-cold days, attach the waterproof fleece Snug Fit hood for ultimate warmth and neck protection.

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What you’ll love: The new Cozi Guard closes the bottom of the neck opening for unbeatable chest protection, keeping your horse warm on even the coldest days.

More info: $329; weatherbeeta.com.

Horseware Ireland
The Rambo Supreme Vari-Layer was designed with 1,000-denier ballistic nylon, making it a durable blanket that’s waterproof and breathable. Thermobond fiberfill across the back and hips keeps your horse warm without carrying the extra weight that comes with standard fill. It also allows the blanket to sit closer to his body, trapping in the warm air.

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What you’ll love: Shopping for a large horse? The Rambo Supreme comes up to a size 87.

More info: $445; shop.horseware.com.

Schneiders Saddlery
The Stormshield VTEK Dublin surcingle turnout is designed with 1,680-denier poly outer-shell material and 380-gram fill that’s waterproof, breathable, and durable. The Adjusta-Fit Shoulder System allows full range of motion without sacrificing comfort. Reflective gussets and tail flap enhance visibility.

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What you’ll love: The VTEK Wither Relief feature helps reduce wither pressure by shaping and raising in the wither area. It’s beneficial for all breeds, but is an exceptional fit for larger horses. It’s also a great solution for older horses that are losing their topline conformation and need raised shape with extra padding.

More info: $179.99; sstack.com.

JPC Fine Riding Products
The TuffRider Outer Armor medium-weight turnout is a 1,200-denier, 200-gram polyfill, midweight, waterproof, and breathable turnout blanket. The durable outer shell features a high-neck design that keeps your horse comfortable. The shoulder gussets allow your horse to move freely, and a hook-and-loop closure at the chest keeps the blanket secure.

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What you’ll love: Sometimes a heavy blanket is too much for your horse. This medium-weight blanket is a great solution for horses that need extra protection, but not too much.

More info: $159.95; breeches.com.

SmartPak
The Shires StormCheeta high-neck turnout is a heavy, waterproof blanket made from ShireTex 2,000-denier ballistic nylon. The high-neck design helps reduce pressure on your horse’s withers and prevents cold air and moisture from getting to his chest. Cross surcingles help contour the blanket to your horse’s body.

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What you’ll love: The ShireTex fabric draws moisture to the outside to keep excess sweat and moisture away from your horse.

More info: $217.95; smartpak.com.

JT International
The Tough-1 Super Tough 1,680-denier waterproof poly turnout blanket with Snuggit neck features a rip-stop poly outer shell and is designed to be waterproof yet breathable. The tail flap not only keeps wind away from his body, but also reduces tail breakage. The shoulder gussets and rear surcingle gussets allow him freedom to move around his pasture comfortably.

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What you’ll love: The adjustable Snuggit neck allows a more custom fit for your horse. The fleece wither protection alleviates pressure on his withers and prevents rubbing.

More info: $180.88; tough1.com.

Horze-Equestrian
The Horze Supreme Avalanche Pro 1,200-denier heavy turnout is a go-to when you’re faced with unpredictable weather. The extra-high gusset allows maximum freedom, while the U-cut fit in the front allows your horse to have a better range of motion. The large tail flap provides full coverage and wind protection.

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What you’ll love: If you have a horse that’s smaller in size, this is a perfect fit: This turnout blanket starts out at size 63.

More info: $169.95; horze.com.

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