Sum­mer Hair Coat

Horse & Rider - - Ride & Train -

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;

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