Is your horse needing a light jacket, or is it a blustery day that calls for a parka? Do you know how to tell the different levels of warmth in horse blankets - also known as the weight?
HOW IS THE WEIGHT OF A BLANKET MEASURED?
The weight of a blanket is measured in grams - often abbreviated as "g". This measures the grams of insulation the blanket contains. The higher the grams of insulation, the warmer the blanket.
WHAT WEIGHTS ARE OFFERED?
The sheet is the lowest level of warmth with 0 grams of insulation. It is typically used to simply keep the horse dry or protect them from the wind. Some people also use a sheet to keep a horse clean.
The lightweight blanket typically has under 100 grams of insulation. These are great for chilly nights but warmer days, where you may not be able to remove the blanket every morning.
The midweight blanket is most often found with 200 - 300 grams of insulation. The midweight blanket is the main staple of many horses wardrobe - if you're only wanting one blanket, a midweight is great for most cold temperatures.
The heavyweight blanket is typically 300 - 400 grams insulation. You may notice 300g is listed for midweight and heavyweight blankets - this simply depends on the manufacturer of the blanket. If you're looking for a blanket substantially warmer than a midweight blanket, 400g of insulation is ideal.
The extra heavyweight, or super heavyweight, blanket is any blanket with 450 grams or more of insulation. These blankets are not as common and can be hard to find. However, they're a great option for clipped horses, older horses, or extreme cold weather. If you find you need more warmth than an extra heavyweight blanket can provide, or cannot find an extra heavyweight blanket, double blanketing is an option.
So there you have it! The weights of blankets, demystified. I hope this information will be useful for you and your equine!
The Info Pony