Horse blankets, horse sheets, and pony blankets serve several different purposes from pest control to cold weather protection. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about your next horse blanket purchase.
Sheets – have no fill and are generally the lightest piece of horsewear.
- Stable Sheet – used in doors to your horse’s coat clean while providing some warmth
- Turnout Sheet – Waterproof sheets that can be used outdoors. Provide varying degrees of warmth
Blankets – heavier than sheets and filled with material to provide extra warmth. Come in various weights.
- Stable blankets – like stable sheets but with fill. Provide more warmth than stable sheets
- Turnout blankets – Waterproof like turnout sheets, but come in different weights.
- High Neck - When the blanket extends up the neck of the horse, passed the withers, but stops before it reaches the top of the neck
Denier – a measured used to rate the strength of the blanket or sheet material. Higher denier blankets are harder to rip and are more durable.
Fill/Gram/Weight – the amount of stuffing in a blanket. The higher the gram, the warmer the blanket will be. A sheet has 0g of fill while a heavy blanket can have up to 400g of fill.
Rip-Stop – a method of weaving within a blanket that helps to stop small rips in a blanket from growing larger. Blankets with rip-stop often last longer because you can easily patch small rips and tears without having to replace the whole blanket.
Lining – Soft material on the interior of a blanket.
Neck Cover – helps prevents moisture from getting under the horse’s turnout blanket in the neck area. Some blankets come with a neck cover permanently attached while other are sold separately.