The Hou­dini

Horse & Rider - - Ride & Train -

Owner: Katie Navarra, Me­chan­icville, New York.

Blanket needs: Pro­tec­tion from the snow. While Katie lets her horse, Bella, grow a win­ter coat, she still likes to blanket her horse dur­ing the colder months. “Bella has a ten­dency to be sen­si­tive to damp weather,” Katie ex­plains. “So I need some­thing that’ll keep her dry when she’s out­side in the snow, or in her stall.”

Blanket prob­lems: Dura­bil­ity. “Bella is tough on her blan­kets,” Katie shares. “She’s a Hou­dini; I’ve had her es­cape out of mul­ti­ple blan­kets, so I need some­thing that’ll stay on her and won’t rip eas­ily.” Katie also notes she’s be­come spe­cific about the blanket’s hard­ware. “It gets pretty cold where I live, so I like to have a blanket that has a snap-clo­sure front, so I don’t have to worry about tak­ing my gloves off to throw a blanket on Bella.”

Blanket rec­om­men­da­tion: The SmartPak Ul­ti­mate Turnout Blanket. This blanket is made from a heavy-duty, 1,000-de­nier bal­lis­tic ny­lon ma­te­rial that’s de­signed to re­sist rubs and tears, mak­ing it a great op­tion for horses that are ex­tremely tough on their blan­kets. The quick-clip front clo­sures are easy to ad­just and use, and take away the need to re­move gloves to fas­ten a blanket on your horse. This blanket also has a ny­lon outer that’s wa­ter­proof and breath­able, and a tail flap that pro­vides ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion from cold, damp weather. The ny­lon and elas­tic leg straps al­low your horse to move freely and keep his blanket from shift­ing or rub­bing. More info: $199.95; smart­pake­

Blanket rec­om­men­da­tion: The Weaver Leather Heavy­weight Turnout Blanket (#35-1516). It of­fers ul­ti­mate pro­tec­tion for those ex­tra-cold win­ter days. It’s made from 1,200-de­nier ma­te­rial and of­fers 300 grams of polyester fiber­fill. This blanket fea­tures a full cut, large drop, and tail flap that’s de­signed to con­tour to your horse’s body and re­duce wind ex­po­sure while keep­ing him warm and dry. Shoul­der gus­sets al­low your horse to move com­fort­ably. The snap-front clo­sure is easy to fas­ten and un­fas­ten, and is safe­guarded with a hook-and-loop clo­sure, so it’ll stay fas­tened and se­cure while your horse plays in the pas­ture. More info: $118.19; ride­the­ →

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