We have a wide range of rain blankets for horses and ponies, with a focus on high quality and comfort. Most horses handle rain well, provided they are unclipped. However, there are many good reasons to use a rain blanket, such as when the horse is clipped or when it's both rainy and windy.Read more
Or if the nasty weather persists for a long time. For those with a clipped horse, it is often a necessity to protect the horse from rain since a clipped horse lacks the natural protection that an unclipped coat provides.
Key Features of a Rain BlanketHere you will find rain blankets from some of the best brands on the market. There are many different features and qualities of rain blankets available today, and the important thing is to find the one that suits your horse's specific needs. There are a few factors to consider, as they often have a significant impact on the choice of rain blanket:
- If the blanket needs to withstand rain for several hours, perhaps the entire day, choose a blanket with the highest possible waterproof rating.
- If you have a horse that tends to damage its blankets, look for a blanket with high durability, typically measured in denier. Some blankets even come with several years of warranty, and those made of ballistic nylon material are extremely durable.
- Will the blanket be used during the summer or in colder weather? There are both unlined and lined rain blankets available. If you want both options, consider blankets with liners. This way, you get an unlined shell blanket and a thicker one that you can add liners to when the temperatures drop. There are several advantages to this, such as convenience during washing when you only need to clean the inner blanket, allowing the outer shell to retain its waterproofing for a longer time. It is also a cost-effective option.
- Does the horse easily develop rubs from blankets, such as at the shoulder area? Nylon lining is often the best choice, and high shoulder gussets can help prevent the blanket from rubbing against the shoulders.
- Blanket with or without a neck cover? Horses are not particularly sensitive on their necks, but in extremely nasty weather with both wind and rain, it can be comfortable to provide additional protection. A rain blanket with a neck cover can also be a smart choice because during heavy rain, water can run down the neck and onto the shoulders underneath the blanket if it lacks a neck cover. This can lead to the perception that the blanket is leaking. With a blanket that has a neck cover, you can avoid this issue, and the horse stays dry for longer.