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Blanket choice for Foundation QH

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  • Rhonda Original Poster Rhonda
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    I have a wide, low withered foundation quarter horse who I have trouble fitting for a blanket. A lot that I’ve tried seem to be too tight in the shoulder and rub her, Any recommendations for a blank that fits wide horses?

    G & S
    Topics Started: 16Replies Posted: 249

    Are you using a blanket with shoulder gussets?

    Rhonda Original Poster Rhonda
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 5

    Yes, The last I tried was a Saxxon and the gusset fell way behind her shoulder and was too tight in chest area but fit her rump area good. There must be a better blanket to fit my type horse that someone knows about. Just trying to try to purchase the right kind of blanket as to save $ from shipping them back. This is beginning to be costly.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Schneider’s sells blankets supposed to be made specifically for low withered horses. I was not happy with the blanket I got, but the sheet was great. I think the blanket issue was partly due to my horse and his idiot field companions. Worth looking at, anyway.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Rhonda Original Poster Rhonda
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    Thank you. She is generally good with her blankets but was it the construction or materials of the blanket that you weren’t happy with as well as his pasture mates?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Partly I think I got the size wrong (too small) and partly I think it is the way he walks. The blanket slipped after he would take two steps. Even though it was the same size, I did not have this issue with the sheet. He also has a field mate who likes to stir up trouble by grabbing blankets (or biting butts, whatever is in reach). The construction and materials were fine – no complaints there. If you should buy from there, put a clean sheet on your horse before trying the new blanket on, or else they will not accept it for return should it not fit the way you want.

    I got the New Briton style because of the belly band, but they are out of stock in the size I would like until July, when it wouldn’t be needed immediately, so got him a Tough One, which so far has not slipped on him. My mare, also an Arabian, has flatter withers than my boy, and is wearing a Weatherbeeta, with which I have had no problems. She is also much wider in the chest and barrel than he.

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    It is never the horse's fault

    Rhonda Original Poster Rhonda
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    Thank you for all your advice, I appreciate it. Have a warm winter. :)

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    You are welcome – hope it helps. It is so windy here that a tractor trailer was blown on its side on the CBBT today. Can’t sleep through it.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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    Some shoulder gussets extend all the way up almost to the neckline, and that might work on your horse. Another suggestion is to try a HUG front T/O. Dover & several other on-line retailers carry them. What makes them different from standard T/O’s is that instead of connecting with buckles & straps or a closed front seam at the center front, the chest area consists of 2 overlapping panels that hang from the neckline. Because they each panel hangs independently from the neckline, this style will fit some horses with hard to fit chests. Fastening a HUG front does typically take a bit longer and some practice, but they are one possibility. I attached 2 photos, as this type of T/O chest area is hard to describe. I have seen both T/O blankets & T/O sheets with this type of front. Another suggestion is to use a shoulder guard. I don’t personally have any experience with shoulder guards, but the “Bossy Bib” shoulder guards seem to have pleased a lot of horse owners.

    Rhonda Original Poster Rhonda
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    Thank you and I will look for the HUG Turnout. I have in the past used some chest sleezywear but she got rubbed through that too.
    It was windy here in eastern NC but not too bad and thank goodness no snow/sleet!

    G & S
    Topics Started: 16Replies Posted: 249

    I have never used shoulder guards myself, but apparently the “Bossy Bib” brand of shoulder guards appears, from the remarks I have seen on multiple forums, to work better than other brands. On the other hand, the HUG front might be an even better solution, once you figure out how the overlapping front closure panels fasten. If you try one, I would be interested in how this style works for you. The theory is sound, but I have never seen any feedback from someone who has used a HUG front T/O. This might actually be the equivalent of a good report – – people are quick to complain when something doesn’t work, less quick to report back when an item performs as advertised.

    Rhonda Original Poster Rhonda
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 5

    Will let you know if I get one how it works. Plan on looking for it this weekend. Some days there isn’t enough hours!

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