Ac­tive Pas­ture Horse

Horse & Rider - - Ride & Train -

Owner: Kelsey Stange­bye, McHenry, Illi­nois.

Blanket needs: Ac­tive blan­kets. Kelsey owns sev­eral re­tired horses that spend a ma­jor­ity of their time in the pas­ture. “Un­less I have one that doesn’t tol­er­ate the cold well, I usu­ally don’t blanket my horses un­til it gets be­low 30 de­grees,” Kelsey ex­plains. “I like to to keep them out­side as much as pos­si­ble, so I need a heavy, wa­ter­proof blanket.”

Blanket prob­lems: Find­ing a blanket with loose gus­sets and front-buckle clo­sures. “Some horses don’t like when you put a blanket over their head; I like to buy blan­kets that have the easy-to-close, front-buckle clo­sures, so I don’t have to worry about get­ting a heavy blanket over each horse’s head when they’re out.” Kelsey also needs a blanket with gus­sets. “If a blanket doesn’t have loose gus­sets, I no­tice rub marks on my horses’ chest and shoul­der ar­eas,” she ex­plains.

Blanket rec­om­men­da­tion: The Tough-1, 1,200-De­nier Wa­ter­proof Poly Turnout Blanket. The rip­stop poly outer shell has 250 grams of poly­fill to help your horse stay dry when he’s out­doors, and an easy-to-use, dou­ble-buckle front clo­sure with snaps. The belly wrap and tail flap pro­vide ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion for horses that ex­pe­ri­ence more wind and snow, and the Snug­git neck cre­ates a more cus­tom fit for your horse to help avoid un­wanted rub­bing. It also comes with shoul­der gus­sets to en­sure that your horse still has free­dom of move­ment.

More info: $119.95; jtidist.com. →

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