Is your horse visibly uncomfortable or shivering in cold weather? Is your horse very young, very old, or ill? Is your horse clipped? If so, blanketing may be a great solution to protecting your horse this winter! Blankets protect your horse from the elements such as rain, sleet, snow, ice, and wind. Changing temperatures throughout the day, age, overall health, shelter availability, grooming, and activity level are all things to consider when deciding to blanket your horse.

Blankets come in a wide range of deniers, poly fills, and features to meet your horse’s specific needs. The “denier” or strength of the blanket’s outer shell is determined by the thread’s thickness. Winter blankets are available in a range of deniers from a very light 420 denier to a super tough 1680 denier. The amount of poly fill a blanket has determines how warm it should be and come in a variety of weights rated for use in outdoor temperatures ranging from below freezing to milder Spring temps. Features like special neck adjustments and additional gussets allow you to custom fit your blanket to the body type of your horse without restricting movement.

It is best to consult with your veterinarian to develop a winter care program that takes all of your horse’s needs into consideration before choosing the blanket that’s right for your horse. For more information on blanket features, care, and other great tips, check out this horse wear guide from Tough 1.

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