Now that you have learned how to size your horse for a blanket and get the correct blanket size for your horse, you will need to learn how to identify the blanket that best fits your horse’s individual needs.
Some factors to consider when deciding on a blanket model are:
- TYPE: Will you be using this blanket for your horse when they are indoors, outside, or both?
- MATERIAL/STRENGTH: Is your horse destructive on blankets? Will your horse be around other horses who are destructive on blankets?
- WEIGHT: How cold is the average daytime and nighttime temperature in your area? Does your horse have a full winter coat or are they body clipped?
Now that you have had time to consider and think over these important factors for determining what type blanket your horse needs, we will go over each of these factors and detail what blankets you should choose based on your responses.
In this section of this series, we will cover how to choose a blanket type.
Will you be using this blanket for your horse when they are indoors, outside, or both?
There are two main blanket types: Turnout and Stable blankets. These are available in a wide array of styles, materials, sizes, colors, etc.
Turnout blankets are waterproof blankets made from sturdy materials and are designed to be used outdoors where they will protect your horse against the elements while standing up to rough play from other horses. Turnout blankets can also be used indoors but because they are often heavier, they can make a horse sweat if the weather warms up.
Stable blankets are blankets that are designed for indoor use and are not waterproof and are made from softer and more breathable materials that allow your horse to stay warm without overheating in a warmer indoor environment. Stable blankets are not designed for outdoor use and will often not withstand rough play between horses.
If you are looking for a blanket to use in the stall with your horse and they are not destructive, then a stable blanket will suit your needs well, but if you are looking for a blanket to use both indoors and out, or outside in the pasture, then a turnout blanket would be best.
Now that you know the blanket style you need, you’re one step closer to finding the perfect blanket to suit your horse! Up next, learn how to identify the strength of blanket that your horse needs.
If you have any further questions about what blanket your horse should wear, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (330)-494-8225, we’re always happy to help!