TYPES OF BLANKETS
TURNOUT SHEET: A waterproof,
breathable blanket with no poly fill
used when the weather is cool and
TURNOUT BLANKET: A
waterproof, breathable blanket
that comes in a range of poly fill
BLANKET LINER: A blanket with
fasteners designed to be worn under
another blanket for added warmth.
DRESS SHEET: Generally made
of wool with minimal fasteners.
These are used for transport, at
horse shows or as a cooler.
NECK COVER: Offers additional
protection and warmth to the neck;
good for fully clipped horses or
extreme cold. These can either be
detachable or built into a blanket.
STABLE BLANKET: Not designed
for outdoor use, stable blankets
are typically quilted and come in a
range of weights.
RAIN SHEET: Designed for use
over your saddle and the horse’s
hindquarters when riding in the rain.
COOLER: Used to help a horse
cool out and dry off after exercise
or a bath. Coolers are made of a
moisture-wicking fabric, traditionally
wool or a synthetic material.
SCRIM SHEET: Designed to
keep a horse clean before he goes
in to show classes, these blankets
are not meant for use during turnout
or in a stall.
ANTI-SWEAT SHEET: Made of
cotton or a cotton blend with minimal fasteners, these blankets are
similar to coolers, but are designed
to allow air to flow through them
to help a horse dry after a bath or
QUARTER SHEET: Designed
to be worn while riding, this sheet
keeps the hindquarters warm during
exercise in cold weather; particularly
important for fully clipped horses.
Is My Horse Cold?
Horses show they are cold in different ways, says Kara Judge, a senior buyer with
Dover Saddlery who owns three dressage horses. Horses’ coats will stand on end
to trap a layer of air and add warmth; if this doesn’t work, the horse may shiver
or stall-walk to try to warm up.
Cyndy Miller, Senior Director of Merchandising for SmartPak, notes that
horses that are outside and cold will huddle together and turn their tails to the
wind. A horse who is warm will be his normal bright, alert self.
Blanket Fit Checkpoints
Many companies will not take a return of a dirty blanket, so Judge recommends
thoroughly brushing or even vacuuming the horse before trying it on. If the blan-
ket doesn’t fit, clean it as best you can before returning it.
According to SmartPak, a well-fitting blanket will keep your horse warm, cozy
and comfortable, but an ill-fitting blanket can restrict movement, cause rubs, shift
or get tangled. To ensure your horse’s new blanket is just right, test the fit by
watching him walk and graze in it. These natural movements will highlight flaws
in the fit.
Read on for Miller’s three blanket fit checkpoints.
TACK & GEAR
BACK ON TRACK
This 1680 D waterproof
sheet offers a shoulder
gusset for freedom of
movement. The signature
Welltex fabric helps
muscles feel loose, supple
and comfortable. $289.
LAMI-CELL PRO-FIT TURNOUT
Features a 1200 D ripstop outer and
higher gussets with stretch insert at
the withers for maximum freedom
of movement. 180g ($214.99) or 360g
($224.99) fill. www.partrade.net