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    whats the best amount of poly fill in a blanket, list amounts and how cold the horse can stay warm in, and do the same with Denier count, THANKS

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    I think the denier is just the toughness of the outer shell and how easy is rips.

    I believe a heavyweight blanket has 300g of fill.
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    The denier is the toughness of the outer shell, I probably wouldn't buy a turnout with any less than 1000 denier or you will run into to many tears..
    My heaviest weight blanket is 400 grams..I use it here in January and february when it gets to between -30 and -40 celsius..
    My second heaviest is 300 grams, I use it here from november through december when it is around -15 to -25 celsius..
    then my medium weight 200 grams, I use it usually in september and march when it is around 0 to - 10 celsius.
    last my lightest 100 grams, i use this for slightly chilly evenings in late spring early fall, and also to trailer...

    This is just how i use my blankets, every horse is going to use them differantly my horses grow long winter coats in the winter and this method of blanket useing works well for us even over the winter coats giving the added protection they need, depending where you live and how the horses are kept, stabled or outside with run in shelters ect will determine what blanketing routine you will need to use....hope this kind of helps..

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    ahhh Denier -- see here is where there is much mis-information!

    I got the low down, and was shown lab studies to proove it....sadly I couldn't take the lab studies with me, but either way they were in Dutch, so not much use to everyone in Canada & US

    Anyways, Denier refers to the strength of the fibers USED to weave the outter shell of the blanket. BUT if those fibers are not woven with a high tension, then a blanket with 1,000+ denier will not be very strong, and anything will puncture/rip it. Reversely a 600 denier blanket with the fibers woven tightly could be more durable than a 1,000+ denier blanket who's fibres are woven loosely.

    Now the difference between "loose & tight" isn't really seen/felt by the human. So you really need to ask the maker of the blankets those questions.

    In the lab testing stuff that I saw/read; it was done in Holland, so they used blanets that are popular there, Bucas was the only I remember recognising, and it scored the top over-all within the 5-6 different areas that they tested; however, it was not the top in each area. The guy I spoke with said to keep with the names we know, and most of us trust, weatherbeata, horseweares, bucas, Rambo, etc. He said those are ones that he knows of that are woven at a higher tension than others. The one I do remember he named off that was woven at a looser tension was Shedrow -- which is why many of us have commented that our Shedrow blankets just plain don't last at all!

    As for the poly fill -- what we all know about weights is correct; however, just remember that you want something breathable and many "lesser quality/name" and even the good name ones too, can have less breathability. So a blanket with 200g fill but isn't breathable is going to feel warmer to the horse than one with the same fill that is more breathable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhythm 'n Blues View Post
    ahhh Denier -- see here is where there is much mis-information!

    I got the low down, and was shown lab studies to proove it....sadly I couldn't take the lab studies with me, but either way they were in Dutch, so not much use to everyone in Canada & US

    Anyways, Denier refers to the strength of the fibers USED to weave the outter shell of the blanket. BUT if those fibers are not woven with a high tension, then a blanket with 1,000+ denier will not be very strong, and anything will puncture/rip it. Reversely a 600 denier blanket with the fibers woven tightly could be more durable than a 1,000+ denier blanket who's fibres are woven loosely.

    Now the difference between "loose & tight" isn't really seen/felt by the human. So you really need to ask the maker of the blankets those questions.

    In the lab testing stuff that I saw/read; it was done in Holland, so they used blanets that are popular there, Bucas was the only I remember recognising, and it scored the top over-all within the 5-6 different areas that they tested; however, it was not the top in each area. The guy I spoke with said to keep with the names we know, and most of us trust, weatherbeata, horseweares, bucas, Rambo, etc. He said those are ones that he knows of that are woven at a higher tension than others. The one I do remember he named off that was woven at a looser tension was Shedrow -- which is why many of us have commented that our Shedrow blankets just plain don't last at all!

    As for the poly fill -- what we all know about weights is correct; however, just remember that you want something breathable and many "lesser quality/name" and even the good name ones too, can have less breathability. So a blanket with 200g fill but isn't breathable is going to feel warmer to the horse than one with the same fill that is more breathable.
    That makes senss b/c I had a higher denier blanket on Foxy last year and she trashed it. This year I just bought a 300g 600 denier one and it is holding up great!
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    ^^ yup it makes TOTAL sense......sadly the "truth about Deniers" is just plain hard to really know.....sad, but true........So another reasont to stick with good name makers of blankets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhythm 'n Blues View Post
    ^^ yup it makes TOTAL sense......sadly the "truth about Deniers" is just plain hard to really know.....sad, but true........So another reasont to stick with good name makers of blankets.
    I think I'm gonna go with weatherbeata, could I inquire you in possibly selecting a good one? I'm totally lost in finding the best one. In my town it can get down to zero degrees farenheit if that helps at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by destiny.xoxo View Post
    I think I'm gonna go with weatherbeata, could I inquire you in possibly selecting a good one? I'm totally lost in finding the best one. In my town it can get down to zero degrees farenheit if that helps at all.
    See alot of it depends on how your horse handles the cold, and what "cold" is to them.

    I live is Canada, and while I'm in southern Canada, it's still much colder than it is for you guys. IF it only got to zero here, my horses would never be blanketed....but it can get to -20*C or lower with the wind chills.

    If I had to warrant a guess, I wouldn't go any heavier than a medium weight for you guy though, which would be around the 200g fill. Now as to which one, they can fit ever so slightly differently, so as long as it fits well you're set
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    Along with what RnB said, you also have to take into consideration your horse's blanket history and what climate they are used to.
    If you have a horse who is used to Florida weather and suddenly take them up north like Minnesota or Canada your horse will definitely need a heavier blanket. But if you horse goes fine in your area usually with a medium weight, stick with a medium weight. I personally love Horseware (Amigo, Rhino, Rambo) and Pessoa blankets. I have experience with both, but not as much Weatherbeeta. Rambo can be quite expensive also ($250+? not quite sure), and I think Pessoa's medium weight blanket (200 grams fill) is $160.

    Layering is also a great option, especially if your weather changes dramatically within a few hours like Ohio ...
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