If you are an experienced horse owner, you have come across many types of stable and turnout blankets over the course of your horse’s life. If you are thinking of becoming a horse owner, one of the first things you should buy is a horse blanket. There is a rug for every season and every environment. What is the difference between lightweight to medium horse blankets? Does your horse need a different blanket for indoor and outdoor use? It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but don’t panic! We’ve put together a handy guide to help you figure out the differences between your options, including help determining the denier.
What do we mean by deniers?
Like tights, horse blankets can be defined by their denier. This is an easy way to help you determine the weight or thickness of the carpet and when to use it. The denier of your horse blanket and the weight of the blanket will give you an idea of how strong the material will be and therefore how durable.
Types of deniers
Knowing your deniers will help you choose which one is best for your horse, its environment and the season you will be using it. The most common types of deniers in horse rugs are 420, 600, 1200 and 1680. As a rule, the higher the denier number, the thicker the weave of the rug and therefore the stronger the rug. Regardless of the thickness of the rug, the main features remain the same, such as the use of waterproof and breathable materials.
Lightweight Rugs – 420 Denier
Lightweight blankets are used when walking your horse in the spring/summer. Their lightweight material ensures that horses are protected from rain or wind and can help keep them warmer on a cool summer night. Many lightweight blankets or sheets have built-in UV protection to protect your horse in the summer. 420 denier means the material will be thin, but all the properties remain such as the ability to repel moisture.
Medium Weight Rugs – 600 Denier
600 denier horse blankets are ideal for calmer horses. They are stronger and more durable than lightweight blankets and should be worn in mid to late fall when your horse needs a little more warmth. They have a harder outer material and can withstand rain. A high denier rug can help repel wind and water more efficiently, so for winter we recommend a heavyweight rug.
Heavyweight Rugs – 1200-1680
Heavyweight horse blankets have the highest denier. If your horse spends a lot of time outside, even in winter, then you should invest in this heavy blanket. Horses start to feel the cold when the temperature drops below zero, a thicker blanket can help keep them insulated and comfortable. They are the strongest of all rugs, they are waterproof and durable, but should only be used in cold weather.
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