Buyer on a Bud­get

Horse & Rider - - Ride & Train -

Owner: Staci Huff­man, Rath­drum, Idaho.

Blanket needs: A cost-ef­fi­cient, wa­ter­proof blanket. “My horses live out­side a ma­jor­ity of the time,” Staci says. “And the snow adds weight, so I need a blanket that won’t be heavy to wear when it’s snow­ing out.” An­other im­por­tant part when she’s blanket shop­ping: Find­ing a blanket that’s in her bud­get, yet durable. “I have a large fam­ily and mul­ti­ple horses; a good value is an im­por­tant part of pur­chas­ing a win­ter blanket,” Staci ex­plains.

Blanket prob­lems: Blan­kets that pull on horse’s shoul­ders, and front-snap clo­sures that break. “When a horse rubs on the front of his blanket, the snaps tend to break eas­ily,” she shares. “I still like hav­ing a front clo­sure, be­cause I don’t want to pull the blan­kets over my horses’ heads, but I look for a glove-friendly clo­sure that won’t break.” She also men­tions the im­por­tance of com­fort over the neck and shoul­ders. “In the past, blan­kets have caused some of my horse’s mane to fall out from the rub­bing, and they’ve also rubbed hair off in the with­ers and shoul­der ar­eas,” Staci ex­plains.

Blanket rec­om­men­da­tion: The Weather-Beeta ComFiTec Es­sen­tial Stan­dard Neck Blanket. This medium-weight blanket comes in a fun new pen­guin print at an af­ford­able price. It’s de­signed with a 1,200-de­nier rip­stop outer shell and re­pel-shell coat­ing that’s wa­ter­proof and breath­able. It has 210-de­nier Ox­ford polyester lin­ing, and tra­di­tional side gus­sets that al­lows your horse to move freely. It of­fers boa fleece at the with­ers area to elim­i­nate any rub­bing, and ad­justable buckle-front clo­sures make it easy to put your blanket on your horse. The stan­dard tail flap pro­vides ex­tra pro­tec­tion and warmth when it is windy or snow­ing.

More info: $114.99; weath­er­ 

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