Q: What does denier mean?
A: Denier is the measure of nylon fiber density. A higher density, such as 1200D, indicates a blanket is more durable and more water resistant. “Ripstop” nylon features a checkerboard weave which helps prevent small rips from spreading. “Ballistic” nylon was originally developed for use in bulletproof vests. Waterproof blankets have an additional special coating applied.
Q: How is the blanket weight measured?
A: The weight is the amount of polyester fill, measured in grams. A lightweight sheet has 0g (no fill). A medium-weight has 150-225g of fill. A heavyweight has 250-370g of fill, and some blankets for harsh conditions have 400g of fill. See approximate temperature guidelines below.
Q: What is the difference in lining materials?
A: Cotton or poly/cotton linings are absorbent, while nylon linings help polish the coat. Mesh linings enhance air flow and moisture management.
Approximate Temperature Guide*
45° F Not clipped: no blanket; Clipped: light
35° F Not clipped: light; Clipped: medium
25° F Not clipped: medium; Clipped: heavy
15° F Not clipped: heavy + hood; Clipped: heavy, liner + hood
Below 10°F Heavy, liner + hood for all; add polar fleece for clipped
*Many factors affect your horse’s blanket needs. Consult your veterinarian for more information.
Q: How do I know what size to buy?
A: The simplest way is to take a side measurement. Measure from the center of the chest to the tail. Example: If the side measurement is 72”, order a size 72 blanket. Horses may require a size up or down based on their build. (Rambo & Rhino Turnouts run large.)