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Shoulder Guard

Weatherbeeta Blankets
- Item #11943
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Why We Love This

Does your horse get shoulder rubs from its blankets?  The Shoulder Guard can help protect your horse's sensitive shoulders from unnecessary rubbing and irritation.

Favorite Features

  • Stretchy 100% nylon
  • Touch tape closure
  • Full shoulder coverage
  • Available in Navy


Sizing It Up

Small (Pony)
Medium (Cob)
Large (Horse).

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    Shoulder Guard is rated 4.0781 out of 5 by 64.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the Job I bought this because my horse and pony wear blankets all winter due to our cold climate and they get shoulder rubs. I bought an XS for my welsh pony and a L for my horse. The L fit well for my horse. The XS for my pony was loose in the chest, but still did the job. My pony is not big in the chest. Product is decent, good velcro.
    Date published: 2010-12-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice product for the price This is a good product to use to prevent shoulder and wither rubs from turnout blankets, however, if it doesn't fit correctly it will rub the tops of their legs. A size medium would have ft my 16h TB better than the large. However, it does the job...the velcro is nice and durable, and the material is easy to wash and stays clean. Good to use under the Rambo Wug turnout for extra warmth in cold weather, also.
    Date published: 2010-09-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Until I washed it... I loved this product until I washed it. I washed it in cold water, hung it to dry, and the elastic belly band was ruined, as there was no more stretch to it, therefore deeming it useless. It is unfortunate, because it was a nice product for the price.
    Date published: 2010-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from good fit I ahve a 15.2h Saddlebred mare, I had to order a large because of her big shoulders and neck and it fits great. stays in place and best of all the blanket rubs went away!
    Date published: 2010-07-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from snug fit i ordered the large for my 15.2 ASB mare and it fits perfectly. easy to take on/off
    Date published: 2010-03-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great for blanket rubs My horse had a decent size blanket rub on her left front shoulder. This shoulder guard works greatunder her blanket now to protect the shoulder and prevent it from happening again.
    Date published: 2010-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fix the Rub My horse had rubs marks all along his shoulders where the blanket was rubbing the hair off. This is great - he seems quite comfortable in it - it isn't binding and the fabric appears to wear well.
    Date published: 2010-03-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product I have a Welsh pony, who, when I measured is a cob type. And having read some reviews it seemed like it may run small. So I decide to get the medium, hoping that it would be better bigger than smaller.I wanted it because his blanket has been rubbing him horribly in two spots, at the whithers and front shoulder. The "shirt" as I call it covers both of these.The material is a nice soft spandex so it stretches, and I suppose you should plan on it stretching because there was enough slack in the fabric and with the blanket on it would pull back on the shirt anyway. It still covered him, but it would have been better to have the small, as it slid further down his back.I noticed it got a little staticky when I pulled it off to ride, but that is to be expected.The only reason the overall rating is 4 stars is because I could use the small, not because the product is bad.
    Date published: 2010-02-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy with purchase Size fits well on my horse but do have to adjust it every other day or so as it shift on withers and belly strap shift forward slightly (not enough to interfer with use or bother horse). Stays put on shoulder area that gets rubbed the most though.
    Date published: 2010-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice fit, great price It seems some people have trouble with sizing on these, but the L fit my 16.2h appy qtr horse like a charm.
    Date published: 2010-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does what its supposed to do My horse's blankets were rubbing his coat across his shoulders so I bought this shoulder guard. He has only been wearing it a week and his coat is already growing back.
    Date published: 2010-01-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from it's probably working It is difficult to see whether or not my horse's thinning coat has actually stopped thinning, but the way this cover's top is slightly rubbed indicates that the cover took the rub, instead of my horse's coat. So I am hopeful. The other people's feedback had some sizing issues, but generally speaking, it is fitting pretty OK with my Dutch WB. Next time I might go up to the full body cover.
    Date published: 2010-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shoulder Guard All 8 of our horses wear a shoulder guard under their blankets all winter and we have tried many different brands. This one not only seems to fit the best, but also holds up better than the others to washing and wear. I highly recommend it:)
    Date published: 2009-11-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Item description did not say velcro and when I called a Smart Pak employee they said it was snap on but it is velcro and I do not like that. Also, I have a large horse and I got the size large which is huge and very baggy. I guess it will do the job but it def. isn't worth $35
    Date published: 2009-11-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Purchase! Recently, I bought the shoulder guard for my horse that tends to be hard to fit with blankets so therefore he does get some shoulders rubs. He is a show horse so I needed to make sure that his coat stayed show ready for the rest of the season. I have been happy with this purchase so far, no rubs! The only negative that I have is that the girth area is a little large on him, but it fits him everywhere else so it stays in place just fine.
    Date published: 2009-10-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Some Design Flaws Contrary to another reviewer, I actually found that this ran a little smaller than I expected. Perhaps the sizing is just inconsisent. I ordered this particular shoulder guard because it has a touch tape closure instead of a sport clip closure, but the touch tape closure is put on so that the "rough" side is against the horse unless you pull the touch tape as far up as possible (which in my case makes it too tight). In addition, the shoulder guard seems very tight around the neck and loose behind the shoulders, which is particularly odd because my horse is a smaller, very light thoroughbred. The next size larger would definitely be too big, particularly given the "loose behind the shoulders" issue. I can only imagine what it would be like on a warmblood.
    Date published: 2009-02-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected My horse has worn this Shoulder Guard less than a week and it has already started to pill. Additionally, the size seems to run big- my horse is 16.1 hands, so I ordered a size large. It has actually rubbed a little of his coat rather than preventing it. I do believe it has an extra layer of warmth and does help keep the coat shiny (in the areas where it doesn’t rub).
    Date published: 2008-11-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shoulder Guard I have an Arab gelding who wears it. It has definitely stopped the blanket rubbing and it has held up in terms of quality. My only problem with it is that it goes over my horse's head. Anything going over my horse's head upsets him terribly so it takes two people to get it on and off of him.
    Date published: 2008-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Coverage, Best Fit and Durable I've tried many shoulder guards & this one is the best. The materials, including the Velcro closure tape, are comfortable (no plastic buckles!) & it stays fastened and in place. On one horse I use it as a little extra warmth layer & on the other it protects from rubs. Works perfectly for both, and holds up to my roughneck gelding's shenanigans.
    Date published: 2007-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for older horses! My horse Babe has shoulder problems and in the winter she wears a heavy blanket. It really hurts her shoulders! But every since I've started using this product she has been really improving. Works great on the good old ones too!
    Date published: 2005-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from When I moved my thoroughbred up from North Carolina in the middle of December, little did we know we were headed into one of the snowiest winters Massachusetts has seen in quite awhile. The sudden cold shock had my boy huddling under several layers of blankets which began taking their toll on his sensitive withers and shoulders. The Weatherbeeta Shoulder Guard immediately stopped the rubbing and within a few weeks his hair started to grow back. I was concerned that as the weather warmed he’d be unable to wear the shoulder guard with his turnout, but the lightweight material allows him to enjoy his puddle splashing on rainy spring days without working up a sweat.
    Date published: 2005-05-07
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