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December 2003

Happy Holidays Issue

Christmas stocking filled with Horsekeeping videos and books.This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories
and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.

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riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 1: Show Supplies You Need

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 2: Blanket Rods for a Barn
                 Pick Up Stud's Feet Without Getting Kicked

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 3: Teach A Horse to Lay Down

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 4: 'Fraidy Cat Horse Solutions

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 5 : What is a Midweight Blanket?

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 6: Why Spread Manure on Frozen Ground?
                   How to "Ask Cherry"

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How do I know what constitutes a midweight turnout horse blanket?

Dear Cherry,

I have read your articles on horse blankets and think I have the knowledge to blanket my horses correctly for the cooler months. My question is this: I need to find a midweight waterproof/breathable turnout blanket for my horses. In most of the catalogs there is no distinction as to what constitutes a lightweight vs. midweight vs. heavyweight blanket. Are there any numbers in particular I need to look for to determine what weight the blanket is?

Your assistance is appreciated.

Thank you! Kendal

 

Hi Kendal

I'm going to give you some general information but each blanket manufacturer's products will be slightly different. There are usually 3 numbers associated with horse blankets.

Horse Handling and Grooming by Cherry HillThe first is the size which ranges somewhere from 68" to 84". The size is usually determined by a horizontal measurement from the center of the horse's chest across the point of the shoulder, along the side, across the hindquarters and to the middle of the tail. Some manufacturers suggest ending the measurement at the edge of the tail.

The second number refers to the denier of the outside layer (shell). Denier refers to the weight of the fibers in a fabric. The lower the number, the finer and lighter the fiber; the higher the number, the coarser and heavier the fiber. So, a 210 Denier blanket will have a shell made of a finer thread and a tighter weave than a 420 denier which will be made from fabric with a heavier thread and a coarser weave.

The third number usually refers to the insulation fill of the blanket. Blankets can be grouped in three categories:
Lightweight - Often called a "sheet", the lightweight blanket usually consists of just a shell with no insulation but the shell might have a liner. The liner could be made of smooth nylon, nylon or cotton/polyester mesh, or a cotton/polyester sheeting.

Midweight - Usually 180-200 grams of insulation sandwiched between the shell and lining.

Heavyweight - Usually 300-500 grams insulation sandwiched between the shell and lining.

101 Horsekeeping Tips DVDThose blankets that fall in the 200-300 gram range could be classified as either mid or heavy, depending on the type of fabric used for the shell and the type of fabric used for the lining. For example, a 250 gram blanket with a flannel or fleece lining might be considered a heavyweight blanket while a 250 gram blanket with a breathable nylon lining might be considered a midweight.

Best of luck with your blanket shopping.

Cherry Hill

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