Get Ready for the Cold – Winter Barn Supplies

winter barn suppliesWhile you are enjoying the perfect fall riding weather, it’s hard to think about winter’s fast approach. With the cold weather of winter comes frozen water buckets and hoses, blanket changes, difficulty getting water to the paddocks, hard ground and of course the likelihood of lots of snow removal. But fear not! With our selection of tricks for outfitting your stable with the right winter barn supplies, winter will be a breeze. Continue reading

Benefits of a Wool Dress Sheet

dress sheetEven on cool or cold days, your horse can become sweaty during a workout. Proper aftercare involves covering him to prevent him from catching a chill and ensuring that he dries completely before he’s returned to a stall or paddock. Many anti-sweat sheets and horse coolers are available to do the job effectively, but you might decide to treat your horse to a wool dress sheet. Here are a few of the benefits of wool dress sheets that make them a favorite horse clothing item of ours: Continue reading

5 Reasons to Love Riding Apparel Fabrics from Riding Sport

riding apparel fabricsThis season, Riding Sport™ has two collections of riding apparel that you’ll be rushing to add to your wardrobe. The Riding Sport Merino Wool Collection combines comfort and moisture-wicking performance, and the Riding Sport Tech Collection features the newest fabric technologies. Here are 5 reasons you’ll want these fabulous riding apparel fabrics:

  1. Moisture-wicking – The thermo-regulation properties of merino wool will allow you to stay warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather as it wicks moisture away from your skin. Tech fabrics are also very moisture-wicking, helping you to stay dry and comfortable in your riding clothes.
  2. Bulk Free – Riding apparel fabrics from Riding Sport, even the tech fabric winter jackets, are lightweight while remaining warm and sturdy, with insulation that avoids bulk
  3. Odor Fighting – The Merino wool allows your skin to breath and naturally creates an anti-microbial climate that keeps odor away.
  4. Easy Care – Items from the Merino Wool Collection and from the Tech Collection are easy to care for and many can go right into your washing machine for cleaning.
  5. Luxurious Feeling – Riding Sport Merino wool feels incredible soft and is itch-free due to small-gauge fabric, while the Riding Sport Tech Collection is made from high-tech woven fabrics that feel soft, smooth and feather-like.

If you want to learn more about the riding apparel fabrics that are used in these collections and what some of our favorite items are, visit our guide to Riding Sport Merino Wool or our guide to the Riding Sport Tech Collection!

What Does it All Mean? Horse Blanket Vocab 101

horse blanket vocab 101

When it comes time to select a new horse blanket, there are many features to consider. If you’re new to blanketing, you may be wondering what some of the horse blanket terms mean. By understanding all the horse blanket vocab, you can make an educated choice for your horse this season. Here is the most common horse blanket terminology and what it should mean to you: Continue reading

Ride into Fall with Insulated Paddock Boots

insulated paddock bootsThe perfect paddock boot is a staple piece of riding apparel for many horseback riders. As temperatures drop, however, a regular paddock boot may not provide enough warmth. Insulated paddock boots can take the place of your regular pair during the late fall and winter months, keeping your feet warm while you ride and work around the barn. Here are a few of our favorite options for insulated paddock boots this year:

  • ariat extreme h2o insulated paddock bootAriat® Extreme H20 Insulated Zip Paddock BootsBrand new for 2015, these winter paddock boots are waterproof to keep you dry in rain and snow. Thinsulate™ lining provides warmth without adding bulk, while moisture is wicked away through the lining to prevent chills. As an added bonus, ATS® Pro Technology helps stabilize lateral foot movement and reduce fatigue. This boot is also available in lace up, men’s or kids’ as well. Prefer tall boots? Consider the Extreme H20 Tall Boot version, with the same features and warm lining all the way up to cover your calf.
  • mountain horse winter zip paddock bootMountain Horse® Active Winter Zip Paddock Boots – These ladies’ insulated paddock boots have a faux fur lining to keep you cozy and are waterproof to keep you dry. Designed specifically for cold temperatures, a material known as Extensia is featured in the makeup of these paddock boots. Extensia withstands over one million flexes in below freezing temperatures, so you know these boots will last. Discomfort is no match for the shock-absorbing IPS system in the heel, which keeps you happily walking around all day.
  • Ariat Camrose H2O Insulated Paddock BootsIf you prefer a more rugged, hiking boot style, these are the paddock boots for you. These women’s boots feature 200 grams of Thinsulate lining for warmth, a waterproof membrane to keep moisture out and a shock-absorbing midsole for foot comfort. A Duratred™ outsole helps ensure you don’t slip as you walk through the snow to bring your horse in or make your way to the ring. Looking for a similar men’s boot? Try the Ariat Creston. ariat camrose insulated paddock boot

While we may wish for summer to last forever, selecting great insulated paddock boots will help to ease the transition to frigid winter temperatures. Keep your feet warm and comfortable so you can enjoy your time at the barn all year round.

Stable Sheets & Blankets Versus Turnout Sheets & Blankets

turnout sheetsCooler weather usually brings horse blanketing for many equestrians. While some horses do just fine without being blanketed, many horses benefit from wearing a sheet or blanket for a variety of reasons. (See our post on Why You Need a Turnout Sheet to understand the different benefits.) Many varieties of horse sheets and blankets are available, each with its own materials, design and features, but the two main categories of cool weather horse clothing are stable sheets and blankets and turnout sheets and blankets.

baker stable sheetLocation of Use
Stable sheets and blankets are intended to be used while the horse is stabled indoors, while being trailered or while being otherwise supervised.
Turnout sheets and blankets are intended to be used while the horse is outdoors in his paddock or field.

Stable sheets and blankets are not waterproof, although many feature some level of water resistance or repellency to help resist stains from manure or urine when the horse lies down in his stall.
Turnout sheets and blankets are waterproof, yet breathable, to protect the horse while he is outdoors exposed to the elements such as rain or snow. It is harmful for a horse to wear a wet blanket, so waterproofing is an important factor of a turnout.

Stable sheets and blankets are breathable and typically made from lightweight fabrics such as cotton, polyester, polypropylene or nylon. The fabric of stable blankets is often quilted to make the blanket loftier for indoor use while movement is limited.
Turnout sheets and blankets are breathable and made of highly durable materials that will stand up to the rigors and wear and tear of turnout. Since the horse will move around quite a bit while wearing a turnout, they often have nylon linings to allow the blanket to slide over the horse’s coat to help prevent rubs.

Fit of Cut
Stable sheets and blankets have a more fitted cut since they are worn indoors where the movement of the horse is restricted.
Turnout sheets and blankets are cut to allow for freedom of movement and often feature shoulder gussets or darts and other areas of flexibility that aid in comfort while the horse moves around outside.

Stable blankets can be a good additional layer underneath a turnout blanket to help keep the horse warm when temperatures drop significantly.
Turnout sheets can be layered over a stable blanket on a cold day to allow use of your stable blanket outdoors by adding a waterproof layer on top.northwind turnout blanket

Whether you are trying to keep your horse clean and stain free overnight with a stable sheet or protect him with a turnout sheet or blanket from falling snow while he’s in his paddock, knowing the key differences between stable and turnout sheets and blankets will help you achieve your blanketing goal this fall and winter.