Choosing a blanket for your horse is not always easy. In this guide you get tips and advice on which quilt to use at what time, temperature and weather.
Many people start from how cold they themselves think it feels outside when they choose a blanket for the horse, which is misleading as horses have fur and can withstand more cold than us humans. Instead, look at the horse's needs linked to activity, environment, location and hair strap.
Start from the individual
All horses have different needs, so it is important to take into account what your particular horse needs. When the horse is in the stable, it is the temperature that determines how cold or hot it is. But when it is in the pasture, riding or is active, we also need to take into account the weather and wind.
How old is your horse?
An older horse has a greater need for a blanket than a young horse. They are because they do not have as easy to produce their own heat. A blanket helps the older horse to stay warm and conserve energy.
Does the horse have a lot of fur or is it shaved?
The hair strap is also crucial when it comes to choosing a quilt. A racehorse that is shaved is in greater need of a blanket than a horse that is unshaven. Mainly because a clipped horse does not get the insulating effect of its fur. Track-cut / partially cut horses usually do not need a blanket if it is not cold, if it is prone to stiffness or if it is damp and wet after training.
Does the horse have access to feed?
Free access to feed provides better conditions for the horse to stay warm. This is because horses generate energy when they eat, which makes it easier to maintain body temperature. Therefore, a horse with free access to hay can keep the heat better. It then has a lesser need for warm blankets than if you compare with a horse that does not have the same access during the day.
Is there weather protection in the pasture?
A windbreak, barn or similar in the paddock can give the horse protection from rain and debris. Horses are good at keeping themselves protected if the weather is bad and can thus stay warm and dry.
Different types of horse blankets
There are a whole host of different types of horse blankets. All with different uses and purposes. There are also multifunctional duvets that can be used in several ways and combined with other duvets. Fleece blankets and net blankets are examples of blankets that can be used as everything from sweat blankets to stable blankets, transport blankets, summer blankets, indoor blankets or as a warming layer under another blanket.
Therapeutic horse blankets from Back on Track
Our horse blankets give your horse the best conditions for performance, recovery and well-being. Woven into the fabric is our unique Welltex® technology that can contribute to increased blood circulation and promote good mobility in muscles and joints. We have blankets for all occasions, weather and seasons, all with well-thought-out design and with our functional materials.
Do not let rain and bad weather stop the horse from having a wonderful day out in the pasture! With the right quilt, it stays warm and comfortable. A good rain cover must be waterproof and at the same time have a high breathability.
Our Brianna rain cover is waterproof, durable and of high quality. With 50 g filling and high breathability it makes for a versatile blanket, which can be used in both lower and higher temperatures.
During the cold days of winter, your horse may need a warming winter blanket. A winter blanket can have different thicknesses where the filling varies depending on the heat level. This allows you to have different blankets at different temperatures and weather. A winter blanket can be anything from 100g to 700g filling, and can of course also be combined with other blankets as a warming layer underneath.
Use the horse'srain and outdoor blanketseven in winter. You can easily adjust the heat level by putting a stable blanket under the horse. These are also available with different fillings.Stable blanket Millie (pictured) is available with both 100g and 200g filling, and is an example of a blanket that is perfect for this purpose!
The fleece blanket is among the most versatile horse blankets available. They fit extra well after training when the horse sweats off, and after the horse has gotten wet. The fleece material transports moisture away from the fur and in this way helps the horse to dry faster. It also provides extra heat and can fit well as a thinner stable blanket.
The Supreme Fleece is a high-quality quilt made from a moisture-wicking fleece fabric with high breathability. There is a matching neck cover one can attach to it, to keep the neck muscles warm and flexible.
Net covers are really multifunctional quilts; perfect for hot summer days, such as sweat blanket, fly blanket, stable blanket and for transport. They are airy, have good breathability and remove moisture and sweat from the horse. It gives a comfortable feeling and helps the horse to dry faster.
We have several net blankets in slightly different thicknesses. Our classic Net cover is slightly thicker and can be used all the way into the autumn in the stable, or in transport when you are on your way to training / competition. There is an extra neck part to supplement the network cover with.
Sienna sweat blanket is a quilt that is light and airy and fits perfectly on hot summer days.
Stable blankets are mainly used when the horse is standing in the box in the stable. They provide extra warmth and with Welltex® technology, the horse also gets extra help with recovery during the night. Stable blankets are also suitable as a warming layer under other blankets, such as under rain blankets or winter blankets. In this way, they are versatile and can be used in different ways for a large part of the year.
Haze Collection Horse blanket is an elegant and functional stable blanket. The inside is lined with Welltex® in our innovative Power Waffle text textile, the one of our technologies that provides the highest reflection values of infrared energy.
Lumbar and crotch blankets
Use one crotch blanket / lumbar blanket / riding blanket when it is cold, in rainy weather and before / after training and competition. Be sure to protect the horse's sensitive cross and hindquarters from rain, snow and cold. For outdoor riding or training during the cold months of the year, a riding blanket is a must, especially for the shaved horse. A lumbar blanket is also good to use after training when the horse is stepped off so as not to get cold.
Lumbar and riding blankets available in many different materials. Adjust the cover according to the activity level, whether it is to be used during the entire ride or only for forward and descent, as well as temperature and current weather. Fleece is perfect to use during training indoors as it breathes well, while a blanket with water-repellent material is perfect for outdoor rides or when riding on a riding arena.
Exercise Machine Rug
We have developed a specific Walking machine cover to provide maximum freedom of movement and minimize the risk of chafing on the shoulder when the horse walks in the machine or lunges.
Perfect blanket for horses that are warmed up and walked off in walking machines!