Summer Hair Coat
Owner: April Freeland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Blanket needs: Keeping a show coat. “George and I compete year-round on the Quarter Horse circuit, so it’s important that he has a tight hair coat all year,” April shares. Due to a strict horse-show budget, she also looks for durable blankets that are reasonably priced and will last for several winter seasons before needing replaced.
Blanket problems: The ability to use a blanket in different climates. “We travel to horse shows all around the country, so I need a blanket I can use when we go to shows in colder climates,” April shares. “Oklahoma typically has a mild winter; I don’t want to have a very heavy blanket because my horse lives indoors. If he gets hot and starts to sweat, eventually he gets cold from the sweat and starts to grow hair.”
Blanket recommendation: The Stormshield V-Free Regulator Blanket. This waterproof blanket is made with 1,680-denier polyester outer material, and is designed to last against horseplay in the pasture. Tekno-Dri wicking material between the lining and in the insulation layer over the back section is made to help regulate your horse’s body temperature during temperature spikes throughout the day, making it a great option if your horse is in constantly changing weather conditions. The V-Free Pressure-Free withers panel keeps pressure off your horse and helps with blanket fit.
More info: Starting at $159.99; sstack.com.