What Horse Clothing Does My Horse Need This Fall? A Helpful Guide
By: Stacy Bromley Cheetham, MPA
Have you noticed a chill in the air at night? Summer is almost over and the fall weather is coming. Do you know what horse clothing horses should be wearing and when? Intrepid International is a great resource for your tack shop and your staff when selecting merchandise. Included below are some handy checklists to help you with all of these needs, for both pleasure and showing clients. Feel free to print out and keep handy.
What your horse should have at home, in the barn:
- A stable sheet: most manufacturers offer a cotton, nylon or poly-blend option that is breathable but is not for turnout. A good option that keeps manure from sticking is this Intrepid International Brown Plaid Day Sheet.
- A stable blanket: many owners prefer to have both a medium and a heavy weight blanket and this is entirely dependent upon how often you can have the blankets changed and what the available fill options are. These blankets are breathable but are not for turnout. One option is this heavy weight Snuggie Horse Stable Blanket.
- You will also want to have an Irish knit anti-sweat sheet like this model from High Spirit and a cotton blend and/or wool cooler in the barn for warming up and cooling off on cold days. A High Spirit Quarter Sheet can also be helpful for keeping hindquarters warm while working in the cold.
What your horse should have at home, for turnout:
- A turnout sheet: this does not have any fill in it, is waterproof and heavy duty. The outer layer will vary in durability (denier) and the higher the denier, the more durable the material. If you have a horse that plays hard, you will want to opt for a higher denier blanket. One choice for you is this Intrepid International Free Runner Turnout Sheet.
- A mid weight turnout blanket: this blanket has around 200 grams of fill in it. Options include the Exselle Prima Blanket, which offers a lower denier outer shell, or the Intrepid International KoziMax mid neck turnout blanket, which offers a higher neck and higher denier outer shell.
- A heavy weight turnout blanket: the North Wind Supreme Turnout Blanket offers 300 grams of fill or higher. This option is for very cold days.
What your horse needs at an away show:
- A stable sheet, either cotton as above or nylon, like the High Spirit Circuit Nylon Sheet. Some people prefer the nylon sheets as it keeps the coat lying flat and shiny for showing.
- An Irish knit anti-sweat sheet, as mentioned prior. Many people monogram theirs and customize them in their barn colors.
- A wool cooler for chilly mornings. A nice option is the High Spirit Plaid Wool Cooler. Coolers come both in fitted and in large, unfitted squares.
- For winter shows, you should also have a stable blanket for your horse.
- For spring and summer shows, you should also have a fly scrim sheet to keep the flies off of your horse.
A helpful temperature guide for blanketing your horse:
|Average Temp (F)||Average Winter Coat||Clipped Horse|
|60||Nothing||Nothing or light sheet if rain/wind|
|30||Light to medium turnout||Medium with neck cover|
|20||Medium w/ high neck||Heavy with neck cover|
|10||Medium/heavy with neck||Heavy with neck/double blanket|
|Below 0||Heavy with neck||Double blanket with neck cover|