The Heavy-Duty Blanket
1. For horses that must withstand frigid temperatures and snowy days during the winter months, find a blanket that’s going to provide maximum protection but still be lightweight enough to comfortably move around. Horseware’s Supreme blanket ($449; horseware.com) layers its thermobond fiber to gain maximum heat retention without the heaviness of standard fill. Plus, this blanket is made with 1,680-denier ballistic nylon 66 fabric and is designed to stand up to horses that are rough on their gear.
2. The Comfortable One
This Weatherbeeta Comfitec Plus Dynamic II blanket was designed with comfort in mind. Between the memory foam wither-relief pad, which contours to your horse’s shape and lifts the blankets off his withers, the adjustable front clip, and the extra-large tail flap, your horse is going to stay cozy during cold, winter days. $224.99; weatherbeeta.com.
3. The Versatile One
With its moisture-wicking fabric that pulls sweat away from your horse and the Coolcore Threadflare technology fleece liner that helps prevent heat loss, this blanket is perfect if you live in an area where your horse is exposed to a wide range of weather. $124.99; ridethebrand.com.
4. The Colorful One
Add a pop of color to your barn during dreary winter months with the Tough 1 1,200-denier serape blanket. But color isn’t the only thing going for this blanket; the adjustable neck, and extra-deep shoulder gussets allow for maximum freedom of movement making it a go-to turnout blanket. $146.88; jtidist.com.
5. The Reflective One
If your horse spends most of his time outside, a blanket with reflective safety strips that can be seen in low-light conditions is a must. The Classic Equine 10K Cross Trainer also eliminates pressure points thanks to its contoured design, and its fitted shoulder darts and fleece lining eliminate rubbing. $269.99; classicequine.com.
6. The Affordable One
Stick to your budget this season with SmartPak’s Deluxe turnout blanket. This budget-friendly option has a quality 1,200-denier ripstop polyester outer layer, and the quick-clip front closures make taking this blanket on and off a breeze. $149.95; smartpak.com.
7. The Adjustable One
For horses that just don’t fit in off-the-rack sizes, try the Adjusta-Fit V-Free Bellyband blanket from Schneiders. The neck is adjustable up to 2 inches, so you have some wiggle room for your hard-to-fit horse, and the bellyband hook and loops over the back to avoid straps from hanging down and getting in the way. $219.99; sstack.com.