TACK & GEAR
COLD WEATHER FRIENDS
“When calm is the night, and the stars shine bright, The sleigh glides smooth and cheerily; And mirth and jest abound, While all is still around, Save the horses’ trampling sound, And the horse-bells tinkling merrily.”--- John Shaw, “Sleighing Song” For every sale of a WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Plus American Breast Cancer Foundation Standard Neck pinkribbon blanket (suggested retail, $164.99 for 220-gram medium weight), Weatherbeeta will donate $10 to breast cancer research. Features include a 1,200-denier, triple-weave outer shell with memory foam padding over the withers, an Ezi-Clip front closure, a large tail flap, low cross surcingles, reflective strips, shoulder gussets, and elasticized, adjustable and removable leg straps. Also available in no-fill lite ($144.99). In charcoal with pink trim, in sizes 66 to 84. Visit www.weatherbeeta.com. Designed to stand up to horses who are tough on blankets, the SmartPak Ultimate Turnout Blanket (suggested retail, $209.95 for 360-gram heavyweight), comes with a 10-year indestructible guarantee for full refund or replacement. The blanket is made with waterproof, breathable, heavyduty nylon that resists tears and rubs, with adjustable quick-clip front closures, two low-cross surcingles and nylon/elastic leg straps, and a tail flap. Also available in no-fill lite ($179.95) or 220-gram medium weight ($199.95). Now in burgundy with black trim and silver piping, as well as in black or midnight, in sizes 69 to 87 in threeinch increments. Call 800-461-8898 or visit www.SmartPak.com.
With a patented Wither Relief Panel, the Stormshield VTEK Marathon Bellyband Turnout Blanket (suggested retail, $219.99 for 440-gram heavyweight), from Schneiders Saddlery Inc., can be adjusted to accommodate breeds with prominent withers, such as Thoroughbreds and warmbloods. The outer shell is 1,680-denier ballistic nylon, with a Tekno-Dri lining to wick moisture away from the horse’s skin. Also available in 220gram midweight ($209.99) and 80-gram lightweight ($199.99), and in a surcingle style. Call 800-365-1311 or visit www.sstack.com.