Blanketing Headaches

What's your biggest blanketing headache?

Finding a fit that doesn't cause rubs.
Preventing horse-made tears, holes, and missing straps.
Trying to choose the right blanket weight for different temperatures.
I have no blanket issues or my horse doesn't wear one.

Total votes cast: 810

Comments & Write-in Answers

Their jellous and keep riping them off of each other. We're sewing & sewing, Love my old singer mach

10/6/2013 10:32:42 PM

all of the above except the last one

10/6/2013 5:44:58 PM

A blanket that doesn't slide back and put pressure on the shoulders! I

10/6/2013 11:13:53 AM

There is not alot of selection for "good" draft size blankets/sheets.

10/6/2013 11:06:11 AM

finding somebody affordable to fix the tears etc.

10/6/2013 10:25:18 AM

Wouldn't a material that reacts to outdoor temp be grand!

10/6/2013 9:04:26 AM

the climate changes are making the blanketing process a mess. I never know what to put on.

10/4/2013 6:41:43 PM

my blankets fit well except for my 34 yr mare whose shoulders are thin.

10/4/2013 5:10:55 PM

I have a 22yo Connemara and a 5yo Pottok. 22yo needs rugging occasionally, 5yo rarely

10/4/2013 2:26:25 PM

Only in DIRE straights do ANY of my horses wear a blanket! Cruelty is a blanket 24/7!!!

10/4/2013 9:32:34 AM

cheaper single seamed blankets have taken over supply and some better brands not available anymore

10/4/2013 8:25:21 AM

One of my horses seems to find anything in the pastures to catch and tear his coat.

10/4/2013 7:57:09 AM

15 horses outside year round.Good Nutrition is best blanket.

10/4/2013 7:52:56 AM

Blankets ARE a headache. I went blanketless years ago and my horse and I are happier for it.

10/4/2013 7:29:24 AM

I wish the manufacturers could give more measurements than just the standard length!

10/3/2013 11:51:59 PM

My mare destroys ANY blanket on her except 1 she picked not to destroy,so it's that 1 or none.lol

10/3/2013 7:18:02 PM

The real problem is finding blankets that fit properly.

10/3/2013 7:16:41 PM

My only issue is having to do it

10/3/2013 6:27:58 PM

My gelding is the destroyer of blankets, not just the one he is wearing either!

10/3/2013 2:47:38 PM

20- she gets a blanket, but doesn't want it!

10/3/2013 12:39:18 PM

Healthy horses grow healthy coats and do not require blankets. Don't mess with thermoregulation.

10/3/2013 12:39:07 PM

Also finding a boarding barn in my area that will blanket at all is a challenge!

10/3/2013 10:49:53 AM

Do they make indistructable turnout blankets?

10/3/2013 1:07:34 AM

I have a terrible blanket destroyer, if he can rip it he will.

10/3/2013 12:37:25 AM

So hard when boarding and the barn owner/manager/employee will not remove or switch as needed.

10/2/2013 10:17:41 PM

Not much of an issue, but I have a lot of trouble with the interlocking strap ends.

10/2/2013 10:16:04 PM

It's either too loose or too tight.

10/2/2013 8:06:25 PM

Weatherbeeta & Amigo - excellent fit, don't shift around, tough, reasonably priced!

10/2/2013 5:43:22 PM

My horse doesn't wear one.

10/2/2013 4:49:40 PM

a true fit would be nice, not a general size (84" is not 84" ) waterproof not water repellant,

10/2/2013 4:41:26 PM

Trying to decide to blanket or not to blanket on a given evening, is my biggest blanketing headache!

10/2/2013 4:24:31 PM

an rubs

10/2/2013 3:38:19 PM

My gelding is a blanket destroyer!

10/2/2013 3:29:16 PM

Having different weight blankets on hand is my solution to keeping my horse comfortable.

10/2/2013 2:26:53 PM

The biggest problem is trying to figure out the weather because our stable has limited blanketing.

10/2/2013 2:17:15 PM

The inconsistent fall temps drive me crazy!!

10/2/2013 2:16:19 PM

Even the toughest blanket always seems to get torn.... the straps are always the first to go. :-(

10/2/2013 2:14:30 PM

Schneiders has blankets that best fit my Arabians.

10/2/2013 2:12:27 PM

Switching sheets for blankets at 8:00PM when the weather isn't right for it. :)

10/2/2013 1:43:29 PM

blankets that don't shift over the hips

10/2/2013 1:39:05 PM

My senior mare is swaybacked with high withers so I have to find high necked blankets.

10/2/2013 1:36:36 PM

Just like people, horses come in all sizes and shapes! There is no one blanket that fits all!

10/2/2013 12:31:55 PM

Had a mild winter last year.Used blankets about only six times at night.

10/2/2013 12:02:09 PM

I don't put blankets on my horse.... He has hair to keep him warm

10/2/2013 11:59:07 AM

I own a mini that rides the no climb fencing until he rips off the straps... i have never owned a bl

10/2/2013 11:36:02 AM

Myles blankets and sheets break his lovely Mane and Tail hair...

10/2/2013 11:13:45 AM

Individual horse tolerance to weather is a big factor

10/2/2013 10:28:00 AM

I have a Morgan-x, she doesn't need a blanket.

10/2/2013 9:59:34 AM

I don't use them, but have them on hand in case of illness or shivering. No need yet.

10/2/2013 9:57:25 AM

I only use blankets if a horse is sick, underweight, or shows signs of being cold.

10/2/2013 9:23:41 AM

I don't normally blanket but I just love Schieders adjust a neck ones they last a LONG time

10/2/2013 8:58:14 AM

i try not to blanket horses. The only reason is for sales and then it is just prior to sale dates.

10/2/2013 7:40:07 AM

First time user of fly sheet this year.Do not blanket in winter except in exceptionally bitter cold.

10/2/2013 1:38:37 AM

finding a blanket for a horse with a long shoulder

10/2/2013 12:12:41 AM

Only worry if it's raining and very windy, then a rain sheet

10/1/2013 11:15:52 PM

finding someone to repair those horse-made tears, holes and missing straps

10/1/2013 10:27:49 PM

My horses don't wear one. Letting them get a coat is the best way to manage horses in cold weather.

10/1/2013 10:20:51 PM

first three answers

10/1/2013 10:19:31 PM

Once I discovered Horsewear Rambo blankets, I have no issues at all. All my horses wear them.

10/1/2013 10:11:53 PM

Florida winters can range widely in temperatures: 30-40 early am : 70 by 10am

10/1/2013 8:39:28 PM

Fit is a concern also - I have a narrow TB

10/1/2013 8:37:25 PM

Everyday there is a missing belly or leg strap or bite holes from friends playing with each other

10/1/2013 8:34:56 PM

I live in Florida. My vet told me not to blanket him unless it got below freezing for 24 Hours

10/1/2013 8:11:32 PM

Rocky Mountain Horses are very hardy and don't need blankets...they have shelter if they choose it..

10/1/2013 7:59:02 PM

My biggist is should I or shouldn't I.

10/1/2013 7:57:21 PM

My 9 yr old OTTB grows no useful winter coat, so he has 5 different blankets ;)

10/1/2013 7:55:03 PM

My horse has very high withers. Every winter, the blanket wears off his hair on the crest.

10/1/2013 7:22:06 PM

Warmbloods are hard on blankets.

10/1/2013 7:11:03 PM

All our horses are out 24/7, no blankets, in NH

10/1/2013 6:16:22 PM

I don't blanket my pasture horses, except after a surgery (colic) or an illness.

10/1/2013 6:09:25 PM

All of the above would be problems except my horses aren't blanketed.

10/1/2013 6:06:23 PM

the fit it never seems to fit right

10/1/2013 5:46:54 PM

Also 70 in day and 20 at nite! Masks and spray daytime and blankets at nite!

10/1/2013 5:32:23 PM

never use them

10/1/2013 5:25:41 PM

Finding a blanket that's not so tight at the shoulders/neck so they can graze without choking.

10/1/2013 5:13:29 PM

Taking on and off constantly in a rainy yet relatively temperate climate...

10/1/2013 4:53:27 PM

Seems like as soon as I put a new one one, it gets torn or the straps get pulled off.

10/1/2013 4:47:03 PM

I have one medium blanket and one cotton blanket. I will put on both when it gets super cold.

10/1/2013 4:38:24 PM

He wears his God-given coat because man hasn't made one he can't destroy.

10/1/2013 4:27:23 PM

washing, re-waterproofing, mending, and all the manual labor that goes with blanketing

10/1/2013 3:27:41 PM

1200 lbs of rolling, thrashing, rubbing Tbred. Yikes!

10/1/2013 1:13:18 PM

I have blankets left over from previous horses that I keep "just in case", don't blanket as a rule

10/1/2013 12:25:37 PM

Our horses often try to take their blankets off themselves!

10/1/2013 10:40:36 AM

With the newer breathable blankets I don't worry so much about blanket weights -- I use a medium wt

10/1/2013 10:26:04 AM

Only blanket my old boy on cold Spring days after he has lost his winter coat.

10/1/2013 9:01:30 AM

I've been blanketing my body-clipped horse for many years and I don't have any major issues.

10/1/2013 8:47:43 AM