Remove in Order. Unclip leg straps, bring it to the outside of the horse’s leg and clip it back on the same side first, followed by the chest snaps or buckles and the belly surcingles last.
Cross Leg Straps. Leg straps should always be crossed in the center to keep the blanket from shifting sideways if a horse lies down.
Determine Fit. A blanket that is too large is at risk of sliding off to one side. A blanket that is too snug will rub uncomfortably on the withers and shoulders. If it’s too short in length, the belly and hindquarters will be exposed to the cold. Research and, if possible, try several brands to find the one that fits your horse best, providing him with optimal comfort and warmth.
Point Snaps Inward. If your blanket has snaps, always point the opening side inward toward the body. Otherwise, the snap will be likely to get caught on something.
Avoid Static Electricity. Remove blankets by folding into thirds and lift it off the horse. Start with the back half and fold it forward, then fold the front half backward and lift the whole thing up over the spine.
Keep Blankets Clean. Always fold blankets neatly and hang them up and out of the way. This keeps critters from crawling into them, keeps them dry, looking nice, and safe from your horse. Wash, spot clean and re-waterproof when necessary.
Reblanket Daily. Take blankets off every day to check for any issues. Re-blanket every day and put it back in the correct position.
Choose Right Blanket Insulation. Blankets are rated for warmth and temperature based on the insulation, or lack thereof. Know your weather ranges and have blankets and sheets ready accordingly. Be prepared.
Check Weather. Take a look at the weather and see what it’s doing for most of the time to help the decision. Temperature constantly fluctuates, blanket according to the majority temperature.
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