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Choosing the Right Blanket
Horse Blanket Bible
A guide to using, choosing and caring for an equine winter wardrobe
Brought to you by Kensington Protective Products and the Equine Network
Adapted from articles on EquiSearch.com and in Horse & Rider and EQUUS magazines by Lee Foley,
Kensington’s Roustabout Foal Blanket is 100% waterproof and highlybreathable. It’s adjustable to protect little ones as they grow.
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Demystify the blanket-buying process with this handy guide to horse blanket lingo.
Common Blanket Terms
blanket from the back down the side of the horse. European Cuts drop a couple inches below the belly.
Leg Straps: Detachable straps minimize blanket repair costs.
Seams: Taped seams protect against leaking.
Linings: Nylon linings aid grooming, distributing oils without absorbing.
Denier: Think thread count in bed sheets. The higher the denier, the stronger and more expensive the blanket.Buy the highest quality you can afford.
Cordura®: Synthetic nylon resistant to abrasion,fungi, mold, mildew and rot.
Ballistic nylon: A synthetic designed to withstand a severe beating. Typically greater than 1050 denier.
Rip-stop nylon: A lightweight nylon. A special cross-hatch pattern resists ripping and tearing.
Hollow fiberfill: A polyester fiber that resists water, is machine washable and offers a high insulation value. It provides uniform warmth and maintains its shape.
Measure Twice, Buy Once
Fitting a Horse Blanket Here’s how to get the perfect fit.
All you need is a cloth measuring tape
1. Stand your horse up squarely on a level surface.
2. Take the end of the tape in your left hand and place it in the center of the chest.
3. With your right hand, draw the tape along the side, across the widest part of his shoulder, keeping the tape level and taut.
4. Bring the tape to the midpoint of
5. Note the measurement. If you come
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out with an odd number, round up to the next even number for a Traditional or Standard-Cut blanket. If purchasing a European-Cut blanket,reduce the measurement by 2 inches.
Exact measurments are best for getting the perfect blanket fit; however, you can also approximate blanket size based on horse height using the following chart:
Horse blankets are available in Traditional
Traditional and European Cuts. Traditional Cuts are ideal for horses with broad chests (Quarter Horses) and high withers (Thoroughbreds). Kensington offers
Comparing Blanket Cuts European Vs Traditional
Assessing Blanket Fit
Check the Following Areas for Fit:
Do Your Laundry
To extend the life of your blankets and protect the health of your horse, regularly wash your blankets or have them professionally laundered. If not removed prior to storage, manure, urine, mud and molding hay can damage
Is your horse’s blanket ready for use again this season? Here are some potential signs of trouble:
If you have blankets that need repair, check to see if they are covered by manufacturer’s warranties. If the blanket
or tears, they will become worse in the wash.
for horse blankets. Use on the outside of the blanket only, focusing on seams or patches. When torn blankets are beyond repair, keep straps, clips, fabric and buckles for future repairs.
Blanket Repair Kit
- Blanket Pins
- Extra buckles and straps
- Blanket wash or mild detergent
- Upholstery needle
- Thick thread or embroidery floss
- Camp Dry or other waterproofing product
- Patches or blanket repair tape
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We’ve got you covered.
Kensington’s 100% waterproof and windproof turnouts are available in sizes from miniature to draft. Innovative technologies, premium fabrics and hardware, quality craftsmanship – that’s the Kensington difference. We’ve got the right blanket for your horse, budget and weather.See all of our blanket collections at www.kensingtonproducts.com.
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