Our favorite winter horse blankets
Now that winter is upon us, you might be shopping for a new winter blanket for your horse. Which one is best? Do you need a heavy blanket? Waterproofing? Which one fits a horse with high withers? We will give you the run down with some of our favorites. *We ran this blog post a few years ago but we’ve updated it with some newer options to choose from.
Weatherbetta is a brand that is known for its waterproof outer shell and its range of weights for even the coldest of winter nights. The Freestyle blankets are great for turn outs. It has shoulder darts to allow for free movement and wither padding to avoid rubbing and a tail flap for maximum warmth. Some models come with a detachable neck guard or half hood. *Note: Weatherbetta blankets run very large so make sure to either go by the sizing chart on their website or order a size or two down.
Another great heavy winter blanket is the Shires StormCheeta. This blanket brags about its waterproof yet breathable heavy weight fabric. The neck cover is built in so there will be no shifting during turnout. The multitude of straps (chest, barrel, leg) allow for a perfect fit.
For a more traditional quilted blanket, The Blue Ribbon Cordura Stable blanket is a great option. Some retailers such as Dover Saddlery offer personalized embroidery on the blanket with either your Ranch’s name or the name of your horse.
Traditionally used by English and Dressage riders, the exercise blanket is a great way to help your horse warm up and acclimate to cold weather while being exercised especially when leaving a heated barn and headed into a cold arena. The wool material allows the body to stay warm but breathe at the same time. It also allows moisture to escape while keeping the heat in.
A favorite of horse owners at DePaolo Equine Concepts is the Big D brand of blankets. They have open front and closed front versions with matching hoods. These are great blankets for stalled/show horses as they are lightweight, convenient to get on and off and easy to clean. Smith Brothers often has sales on these blankets.
Something with a more designer feel is the Professional’s Choice® 1200D Winter Horse Blanket. It keeps your horse warm and dry even in nasty winter conditions. Waterproof and breathable, this mid-weight turnout blanket features a tough 1200D ripstop outer, 250 grams of insulation and a smooth nylon lining. Taped seams and tail flap keep the elements out.
Finally, a great option for after exercise is the Back On Track fleece cooler blanket. The lush fleece material keeps out chills and dries your horse quickly after a ride. It can be worn alone or used as a liner in colder temperatures. Ideal for injury recovery or prevention. Made of plush fleece and infused with the Back On Track state-of-the-art Welltex fabric, which contains ceramic powder, this horse blanket reflects your horse’s natural body warmth and creates a soothing infrared thermal warmth.