Sometimes, staving off Mother Nature requires something really heavy duty. That goes for people and for animals. With horses, having great, breathable insulation as well as an effective moisture barrier means a lot during some of the lowest temps. So what are the best winter horse blankets on the market — the stuff you break out during the real deep freezes?
We had to delve into many of the specific features of horse blankets to find out, including the shell and liner material and their waterproofing abilities, as well as how the buckles and straps are situated to allow for movement and versatility. The best horse blankets on the market are going to put a premium on these features, and if you want to keep your horses happy and healthy — and to help them avoid shedding excessive weight in the winter — these are some of the things you as a buyer should look out for, too.
The list below features our favorite heavy-duty horse blankets, and they’ve helped to keep our animals happy when the winds are whipping through their shelters or they want to go for a stroll through the snow.
WeatherBeeta Comfitec Essential, Standard Neck, Heavy
WeatherBeeta always gives you great bang for your buck — and no blanket out there has held up on our animals season after season as our WeatherBeetas have.
- Strong and durable 1200-denier ripstop outer with repel shell coating that is both waterproof and breathable
- 210T polyester lining
- Traditional shoulder gusset for natural movement
- Twin adjustable buckle front closures
- Adjustable and removable leg straps
- Standard tail flap
- Low cross surcingles
Tough-1 Extreme 1680D Waterproof Poly Turnout Blanket
This Tough-1 Turnout Blanket features a 1680-denier waterproof ripstop poly outer shell with 210 lining and 250 grams of poly fill for great heat retention. The adjustable Snuggit neck allows you to customize the fit of this blanket to your horse.
- Fleece wither protection
- Crossed surcingles with elastic ends
- Adjustable leg straps with elastic ends
- Adjustable double buckle front with snap closure
- Shoulder gussets and rear surcingle gussets allow freedom of movement
Amigo Bravo 12 All-In-One Heavy Turnout
Though it’s the priciest of the bunch, it also comes with a built-in neck cover — hence the “all-in-one” part of the name. It’s design for maximum security and comfort — specifically geared toward narrower-built horses. The fully integrated design includes double front closure, leg arches, cross surcingles, reflective strips and shine enhancing polyester lining.
- 1200 Denier polyester waterproof
- Breathable outer
- Polyester lining with fiberfill in blanket.
Rambo Stable Plus w/Vari-Layer
This blanket is sure to provide your horse lots of warm comfort and protection during winter. Created with 1000 denier ripstop texturized polyester outer, the microfibre lining with 450g thermobonded fibre fill makes it an extremely tough stable rug ideal to keep your horse warm in the stable. Moreover, it comes with vari-layer technology that makes the blanket lighter yet more thermally efficient. The patented v-front closure allows free movement for the horse to graze by wrapping around the point of the shoulder and relieving pressure on it.
- Detachable hood included
- Comes with vari-layer technology
- Includes patented v-front closure
- Has microfibre lining and tail flap
Of course, you have to take care to buy the correct size. This video is a good one for helping you figure out where to measure to get your blanket sizing correct:
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