Gen has been blanketless for a few years now. A few times a year when it is especially brutal out he will get a sheet or blanket on, but for the most part his polar bear fur is enough to keep him warm and happy. He is getting older so he is being watched carefully, and with the cold snap last week Gen went back to blankets, at least for a few days. His coat isn’t nearly as thick this year so while I am disappointed, I agree with the Barn Owner’s decision of putting blankets on him when it is in the 20s. I would rather deal with blankets than have him shiver and use all his energy to keep warm!.
So needless to say my tack hoarder self has a full set of blankets for him regardless. When I first got Gen he would go through blankets like other horses go through hay. With him being blanketless my blanket budget has gone down from $500 a year for repairs and replacements to none! It has been great!
Well, my streak is coming to an end because Gen decided that green was no longer his color…so his green sheet is not doing so well these days.
Gen is turned out alone because he can be a touch aggressive with horses (he loves ponies, but we don’t have any of those around here). He is also very social and loves to play with the other horses over the fence. He must have told his friends about his dislike of green because in only a few hours out with his sheet on during a particularly windy day Gen and friends put not one, but 13 bite tears in his blanket! Sigh. All rips are clearly mouth shaped and I am sure all the boys had great fun tearing Gen’s sheet, but if I want to get it repaired it is going to be pricy because I will either need 13 small patches or a huge one that is about 18″ wide and 4 feet long. Add to that a leg strap that is sticky and a belly strap that is clearly frayed after getting stuck on something one day and I think it is time for a new sheet.
So I have learned that these days Gen needs at least 1200 Denier. Which is, of course, very expensive. I want a sheet that will last so I would rather buy 1 good sheet to last the rest of the year than 3 600 denier sheets. My toasty pony also needs a sheet with no fill. His sheet is pretty much only on when it is right above freezing and rainy or windy out so I don’t need anything fancy, but if it were red, black or grey I would love that.
So I want to know if anyone out there has a horse that can be hard on a blanket and what they have found that works. While I am really, really hoping for something under $100. I know that is not going to happen though. I do have some Christmas money left for new muck boots so even though my dream budget is only $100, I can go up to $180 if need be. I just want something that is going to last! Anyone know of anything good??