Rainy Win­ter

Horse & Rider - - Ride & Train -

Owner: Ken­dra An­der­son, Port­land, Ore­gon.

Blanket needs: A medium-weight, wa­ter­proof blanket. “I let my horse, Cadence Rose, grow out her win­ter coat, so blan­ket­ing for me isn’t only about warmth, but more about be­ing wa­ter­proof,” Ken­dra shares. “My horse isn’t tough on her blan­kets, but I look for a blanket with higher de­nier so it lasts for mul­ti­ple sea­sons and won’t rip from the slight­est rub,” she ex­plains.

Blanket prob­lems: Find­ing a blanket with­out an at­tached neck that can han­dle Port­land’s wet win­ters. Ken­dra doesn’t blanket for the en­tire win­ter sea­son, but it’s im­por­tant that Cadence Rose stay blan­keted dur­ing the core parts of it. “We don’t get an ex­tremely cold or snowy win­ter, but our win­ters are very wet from all the rain,” Ken­dra shares. “I pre­fer to keep my horse in a pas­ture with a shel­ter, so I need a blanket that’ll stay sta­tion­ary and keep her dry at all times.”

Blanket rec­om­men­da­tion: The 5k Cross Trainer Blanket. De­signed with a 1,200-de­nier, breath­able, rip­stop outer shell, this wa­ter­proof blanket is ex­tremely durable. It has 100-gram fiber­fill in­su­la­tion and a con­toured de­sign to help the blanket stay in place and elim­i­nate any pres­sure points. It has ny­lon straps that are re­place­able, so you don’t have to buy a new blanket when all it needs is a re­place­ment strap. The fitted shoul­der darts and fleece lin­ing help elim­i­nate any rub­bing that might oc­cur, and the re­flec­tive Knight Vi­sion safety strip al­lows you to see your horse in low-light con­di­tions. This blanket also of­fers wa­ter­proof seam tape and a rear tail­gate to help pro­vide ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion against any wind and rain.

More info: $159.99; equibrand.com. →

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