Charlotte Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*

Charlotte Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*
March 21-23; Friday-Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

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To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this email to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends March 23.

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*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.

Equestrian Brands We Love: Weatherbeeta

One of the most popular horse blanket brands at Dover is Weatherbeeta. Weatherbeeta has been in the horse blanket business for over 35 years. They’re known for their strong, durable fabrics and breathability, as well as their computer stitching technologies that ensure high-strength seam construction. All of their turnout seams are sealed to ensure the ultimate waterproofing and protection. They offer three main lines of blankets that range in features and pricing.

Weatherbeeta Features a Range of Horse Blankets Styles

The Weatherbeeta Freestyle Turnout Blanket line is the ultimate in freedom, comfort, and protection. These horse blankets are built for durability with tough outer fabrics, waterproof & breathable outers, rust resistant gun metal fittings, and quick clip front closures. The comfort features for your horse include a cupped shoulder darts, forward positioned gussets, wither relief, a comfort cuff, and a full wrap tail flap. Available in Pony, Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

Weatherbeeta Winter Horse Blankets

There’s nothing like an original, and the Weatherbeeta Original line is no exception. The line offers superior quality, traditional styling, with mid-price affordability. The durability features of the Original line include a tough outer fabric that’s waterproof and breathable, plus adjustable twin chest straps for easy on/off. The comfort features for your horse include traditional side gussets and a large tail flap. Available in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

The Weatherbeeta Genero line offers Weatherbeeta quality for Equestrians on a budget. The durability features of the Genero Line include a tough outer fabric that’s waterproof and breathable, plus adjustable twin chest straps and removable leg straps. Other features include low cross surcingles with rubber stoppers for a secure fit that resists coming undone. Available in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

Year-Round Comfort: Weatherbeeta Blankets for Every Type of Horse

The Weatherbeeta Freestyle 1680D Detach-A-Neck Medium Weight Turnout Blanket offers a 3-in-1 system to layer your horse based on current condition. Comes in a medium weight or a heavy weight option. The medium weight version includes a removable 120 gram liner with a 100 gram outer shell provides versatility. The heavy weight turnout option has the same 100 gram versatile outer shell plus a 300 gram liner.

Weatherbeeta Freestyle TurnoutFor a premium quality turnout that stands tough against horseplay and wet, muddy conditions, the WeatherBeeta® Freestyle 1200D Turnout Sheet is hard to beat. Waterproof, high denier triple weave shell is breathable and lined with mesh to encourage air flow.

Looking for a pony blanket? You’d be hard pressed to beat the Weatherbeeta Orican Freestyle 1200D Detach-a-Neck Medium Pony Turnout, which features a 1200 denier outer shell with 220 grams of poly fill insulation.

A mid price option that’s waterproof, breathable, and Weatherbeeta quality, the Weatherbeeta 1200D Standard Neck-Medium Weight Blanket will keep your horse comfortable all winter. It’s available in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

The Weatherbeeta Genero Turnout Sheet is a great basic turnout sheet at an affordable price. Waterproof and breathable, this horse sheet has a 1200 denier ripstop outer shell and a 210 denier hygienic nylon lining. Available in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

The Genero line also offers a medium weight turnout. The Weatherbeeta Genero Standard Neck Medium Weight Turnout Blanket is both waterproof and breathable. This mid-weight winter horse blanket has a durable 1200 denier ripstop outer shell, 220 grams of poly fill for warmth and a hygienic 210 denier nylon lining. Comes in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

To view Dover’s full selection of Weatherbeeta horse clothing, visit our horse blankets page. And don’t forget to check out our tips for blanketing a horse.

Turnout Blanket vs. Turnout Sheet: TIps for Blanketing a Horse

In our recent posts, we shared tips to help equestrians stay warm when riding in winter. A good pair of winter breeches and winter riding boots are essential for winter horseback riding. But what about keeping your horse warm?

To blanket or not to blanket? That is always the question. Horses with thick, fluffy coats that are seldom ridden in winter may not need a blanket at all. These horses do well with natural protection, and may only need a mid-weight blanket to put on for extra cold or wet weather. Other horses will strongly benefit from the regular use of winter blankets. These include horses that are ridden in the winter months, clipped horses, older horses or horses that have trouble keeping on weight.

All horses turned out in wet or windy weather will certainly appreciate the protection a good winter turnout blanket can provide. We get a lot of questions about horse blankets, so we thought we’d share a few tips on blanketing a horse.

What Type of Winter Horse Blanket Should I Buy?

There are two main styles of horse blankets designed for your horse to wear in the winter. Turnout Blankets are waterproof and durable articles of horse clothing that are made to stand up to the elements. Stable Blankets are designed for use in and around the stable and under supervision, rather than for the rigors of turnout. They provide warmth in the barn at night and are great for layering. Stable blankets are typically water repellent to resist urine or manure stains, but are not waterproof.

What Determines the Warmth of a Horse Blanket?

Blanket warmth is determined by grams of fill. The more fill or “weight” a blanket has, the more insulation it offers. Turnout blankets and stable blankets are available in lightweights, mid-weights, and heavyweights.

The lightest turnout option is called a turnout sheet. Similar to a raincoat, these protect from the wind and wet conditions, but have no fill for additional insulation. The lightest stable blanket available is known as a stable sheet. These sheets are intended to keep your horse clean and do not have any fill to insulate or warm your horse.

Lightweight turnout blanket from Riders InternationalLike the turnout sheet, the light weight turnout is waterproof and it typically adds 100 grams of fill, making it an ideal choice for fall and spring, as well as areas with a mild winter. Consider the Riders International Hug, a lightweight turnout.

Medium weight turnouts and blankets have 180-250 grams of fill. Midweights work well for horses with shorter coats that switch to a heavier blanket in severe weather. They are also popular for horses that are not typically blanketed who need the help of a warm blanket on wet or exceptionally cold days. The heavyweight turnout has 300 to 440 grams of fill and are best reserved for extreme cold weather conditions, body clipped horses, and horses that struggle with keeping warm.

Stable Blankets contain insulating fill weights that range from 100 to 400 grams. These insulated blankets are commonly used in the stable allowing you to replace a horse’s heavier outerwear with a loftier item that will keep your horse warm while stabled. They are also ideal for layering under turnout blankets on extra cold days.

Do I Need to Worry about Denier When Blanketing a Horse?

The Denier of the blanket refers to how tough and sturdy the outer of a turnout blanket is. Blanket deniers typically range from 200d in stable blankets up to 2000d in turnouts. The higher the denier, the more closely woven the material of the blanket outer making it less likely to rip. Some horses are not hard on blankets, while others work to masterfully take them off the minute you put it on. If your horse is turned out with other horses, or is known as the barn Houdini, investing in a blanket with a higher denier may be worth your while.

Which Horse Blanket is Best for My Horse?

Stay tuned later this week when we’ll profile Weatherbeeta, a longtime leader in horse blankets. Weatherbeeta has a range blankets to keep your horse comfortable in any weather condition. We’ll review the most popular choices, share customer reviews, and offer more tips for blanketing a horse.

Warrington Discussions: Equine Lameness Exam – What to Expect

Discussions at Dover: Equine Lameness Exam – What to Expect
Thursday, April 17; 6:30-7:30 pm
at our Warrington store!

Presented by: Dr. Joanne Vecchione, VMD, Blauner, Vecchione & Associates

We will discuss the Definition, Diagnosis, Treatment with Existing Therapies and Protocols.

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

Medina Discussions: Spring Horse Show Prep from a Horse Health Perspective

Discussions at Dover: Springtime Show Prep from a Horse Health Perspective
Thursday 3/27/14, 6:30-7:30 pm

Presented by: Colleen Carter, DVM at Sunset Ridge Equine Veterinary Services

Get Dr. Carter’s opinion on timely details as show season approaches:
• Timing of “Coggins” test
• When to obtain a health certificate to cross state lines
• Best time to float teeth
• Timing of vaccinations

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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Plaistow Discussions: Detecting Lameness, from Lyme Disease to Navicular Syndrome

Discussions at Dover: Detecting Lameness, from Lyme Disease to Navicular Syndrome
Thursday, April 3; 6:30-7:30 pm

Presented by: Alyssa Warneke, DVM, Myhre Equine Clinic

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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Libertyville Discussions: How Chiropractic Care Helps Your Horse

Discussions at Dover: How Chiropractic Care Helps Your Horse
Thursday 3/13/14, 6:30-7:30 pm

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Presented by:
Dr. Tracy Busalacchi, Elkorn Veterinary Clinic

Learn how spinal manipulation can help relieve pain, rehabilitate from injury,
achieve better performance and treat lameness and neurologic issues.

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

Discussions at Dover: How Chiropractic Care Helps Your Horse
Thursday 3/13/14, 6:30-7:30 pm

Presented by:
Dr. Tracy Busalacchi, Elkorn Veterinary Clinic

Learn how spinal manipulation can help relieve pain, rehabilitate from injury, achieve better performance and treat lameness and neurologic issues.

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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