Editor's note: It's December, and many horse owners are not only preparing for winter, but are looking for that perfect "gift" for their horses and themselves. In this series of articles we will provide you with some ideas for practical and fun products. Please note that inclusion in this article does not denote product endorsement, and exclusion of a product does not indicate any product problems.
Every year, blanket manufacturers manage to improve their offerings just enough to make it a little harder for your horse to undress himself and a little easier to keep the rain and snow off. This year's new blanket styles feature fun prints, new fabrics and technical features with horse health and comfort in mind.
Tough 1 Snuggit Belly Wrap Turnout Blanket
This blanket is ready for winter with a 1200 denier rip-stop, waterproof outer shell and 210 denier lining that has 250 grams of polyfill. Tough 1's adjustable Snuggit Neck and adjustable belly wrap allow for a more custom blanket fit. This new blanket style is available in royal blue and purple in sizes 69, 72, 75, 78, 81, and 84. For more information visit jtidist.com.
Pessoa Thermal Reflect Turnout Blanket
Thousands of tiny, aluminum dots lining this new Thermal Reflect Turnout Blanket send radiant infrared heat back to the horse’s body for warmth, adding the approximate warmth of an extra 100 grams of insulation. The detachable neck and 1200 denier ripstop, waterproof Oxford blue polyester exterior allows breathability to prevent over-heating. Pessoa is even backing this blanket with a two-year shell-fabric-tearing warranty and a three-year waterproof/breathability warranty. It's made for horses size 69 to 84. For more information visit smartpak.com.
WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Premier Free Detach-A-Neck Blanket
Built for freedom of movement, the ComFiTec Premier Free Blanket's Freedom System features cupped shoulder darts and forward-position gussets, and the Memory Foam Wither Relief pad contours to your horse's shape and lifts the blanket off his withers. The Full Embrace Wrap fit with a concealed Ezi-Buckle give this blanket optimum safety and allow for minimum blanket shenanigans. The blanket's 1200 denier triple-weave outer shell has a waterproof but breatheable Repel Shell coating. This blanket has a three-year WeatherBeeta Warranty for Waterproofness, Breathability, Fixtures & Fittings and is available in gray plaid (sizes 66 to 87) and peacock/shale (sizes 69 to 87). weatherbeeta.com
WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Premier Trio Detach-A-Neck Blanket
If your horse could dress himself in layers, he might do so using this blanket system. The ComFiTec Premier Trio has a 1200 denier triple-weave waterproof and breathable outer shell with Repel Shell coating plus a 210 denier removable liner and 200g of Polyfill to keep your horse warm. Its Memory Foam Wither Relief Pad contours to the horse's shape and lifts the blanket off the withers and 100-percent Boa Fleece padding offers even more comfort. This ComFiTec Premier style is also covered by the three-year WeatherBeeta Warranty for Waterproofness, Breathability, Fixtures & Fittings and is available in gray plaid, sizes 66 to 87. For more information visit weatherbeeta.com. (Note: This blanket combo is shown in the opening image.)
Shires StormCheeta Combo
The StormCheeta's 2000 denier ballistic nylon outer and fill—available in 200g and 400g—are designed to put up with tough treatment. Its integrated neck is like a warm turtleneck for a bitter winter. And the deep leg gussets and large pleated tail flap keep even active horses comfortable. It's also available with a detachable neck for less-cold climates. Find it in sizes 69 to 84, in petrol or poppy color options. For more information visit shop.shiresequestrian.com.
Shires Tempest Rain Sheet and Turnout
Here we've been doing solid prints and conservative plaids for sheets and blankets, and we could have been doing these fun prints all along! Each year, Shires Equestrian Products produces a limited print run of their Tempest Rain Sheet and Turnout. Both feature a waterproof, breathable ShiresTex 600 denier shell, and the Tempest Turnout Blanket also has a 200g lining fill for warmth. The Tempest Rain Sheet comes in 57 to 84 and Tempest Turnout in 48 to 84; both in horse print and sheep print. For more information visit shop.shiresequestrian.com.
Amigo Bravo 12 Plus
Amigo's best-selling turnout blanket now features an innovative disc-front closure, which is a light, flexible front-closure that can be operated one-handed so we can keep hold of horses who don't love blanket time. The Bravo 12 is still made from a 1200 denier polyester waterproof and breathable outer and a 250g (excalibur with blue and black) or 0g (navy with blue and silver) weight in sizes 66 to 87. For more information visit shop.horsewareireland.com.
Amigo Bravo Deluxe Plus
Amigo introduces its new Super Twill outer fabric—which is waterproof, breathable and extra durable—in the new Amigo Bravo Deluxe Plus Blanket. The Bravo Deluxe Plus has the brand's Sure Fit design, V-Front closure, and detachable hood. This comes in sizes 66 to 87, black with black and silver. For more information visit shop.horsewareireland.com.