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Blanket For Yearling

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Ava Flores
• Monday, 08 March, 2021
• 11 min read

Shires Highlander Plus 100 Standard Neck Turnout Starting at: $87.74 Well, I'm going to go ahead and start looking at blankets for my horses since ChickSaddlery has them on sale (I think it's a pre-season blanket blowout or something), but I'm not sure what to do for MAV since he's growing like a weed.

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BUT, a blanket that is too big can cause rubbing and the added risk of getting tangled up. I have always been taught that a blanket that's a little too tight is better than a big sloppy one because of the chances that the horse will get his legs, feet, head caught up in one that's too loose.

That 2 inches can make a HUGE difference in fit. Not only is it longer front to back, it's cut bigger around the neck and shoulders too.

When I have had neck fits to big I have put the blanket on the horse and then put a pleat in each side of the neck to shorten it up. BUT, a blanket that is too big can cause rubbing and the added risk of getting tangled up.

I only plan to use the blanket in the worst of it, to keep him form shedding his winter coat. I have always been taught that a blanket that's a little too tight is better than a big sloppy one because of the chances that the horse will get his legs, feet, head caught up in one that's too loose.

That 2 inches can make a HUGE difference in fit. Not only is it longer front to back, it's cut bigger around the neck and shoulders too.

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When I have had neck fits to big I have put the blanket on the horse and then put a pleat in each side of the neck to shorten it up. So I thought I'd post the link to the one I was initially looking at buying.

I have to trailer to an arena in the winters and when we are done riding I throw the liner on her. It wicks away all the moisture and by the time we get home she is nice and dry.

I don't blanket my horses, but on days that it starts out wet and then the temp drops, I will usually throw the liner on them with a waterproof sheet. And just a fun fact for you...temperatures don't regulate horses coats.

The length of sunlight in a day determines when they start growing and shedding, so you should be fine Depending on how winter arrives the oh has waterproof rain sheet to block the wind and rain/snow mix.

No early arrival of winter and none of that cold sloppy weather. The first one you put up, the 1200 denier one, has 200 gram of fill, so you wouldn't want a liner for that one.

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The 2nd one you put up is only 420 deniers and has no fill, so you might want a liner for that one, just in case it does get cold. For mild winters the 2nd one should be enough, you're more interested in shedding water and stopping wind than needing to add warmth.

The ones I put up from Schneider's are at least 1200 D, I think one of them is 1680 D, so they are TOUGH blankets and last for years. Not really a consideration if you're buying for yearlings that will outgrow their blankets, and you don't need to get 5+ years out of each one.

Since I always seem to have youngsters around, I bought the toughest blankets I could find. Youngsters are why I have over 75 blankets (last count a couple of years ago, I don't want to know now).

Hi Lily! Check Craigslist, a local consignment tack store, or even eBay for a used turnout for the baby. Not sure how big your yearling is....you could check out foal blankets and see if one of the largest ones would work for the winter..... I'm pretty sure you can get them 50 or 52 inches....

MAV measured 65 in, so a foal blanket wouldn't work. The first one you put up, the 1200 denier one, has 200 gram of fill, so you wouldn't want a liner for that one.

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The 2nd one you put up is only 420 deniers and has no fill, so you might want a liner for that one, just in case it does get cold. For mild winters the 2nd one should be enough, you're more interested in shedding water and stopping wind than needing to add warmth.

The ones I put up from Schneider's are at least 1200 D, I think one of them is 1680 D, so they are TOUGH blankets and last for years. Not really a consideration if you're buying for yearlings that will outgrow their blankets, and you don't need to get 5+ years out of each one.

Since I always seem to have youngsters around, I bought the toughest blankets I could find. Youngsters are why I have over 75 blankets (last count a couple of years ago, I don't want to know now).

And I think MAV is going to have a nice winter coat too, because he's already growing it a little. They will do much better and be happier with no blanket but good forage to keep them warm.

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