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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Equestrian Brands We Love: Irideon

Designed, tested, and made in the USA, Irideon riding breeches, tights, jods and t-shirts are created by riders for riders. Irideon apparel is tested in the saddle to ensure a comfortable fit for every rider.

Dover Saddlery offers riding breeches and an assortment of Irideon riding apparel in a variety of sizes, colors, fabrics for women and children. Their commitment to meeting Equestrians’ needs shows in the comfort and durability their products provide. Year after year, they come out with great styling options, including breeches that perform well for horse shows as well as trail riding, three season breeches, stylish riding tights, children’s breeches, bootcut and jean style breeches, and more! Let’s take a look at some of the most popular styles and see why we love them.

Irideon breechesIrideon® Cadence™ Breeches. The Irideon® Cadence™ Breeches offer great range of motion and a flattering fit that makes them ideal in the show ring, on the trail, as well as a go-to breech for schooling.

You’ll love the durable, lightweight, 4-way stretch material that supports in all the right places, without hindering your performance. The corded fabric provides a “ribbed” texture that looks great and is flattering to any rider’s shape.

In addition, these ladies’ riding breeches are constructed with seams that won’t chafe. They are available in both full seat and knee patch riding breeches made of an anti-pilling Chamisoft™ that resists hair, hay and shavings. The sizing options for these exceptional riding breeches include ladies’ regular and long lengths as well as regular and plus sizes up to a 3X. Children’s sizing is also available in the Irideon® Cadence knee patch riding breech.

Irideon Issential TightsIrideon® Issential™ Tights. Irideon® Issential™ Tights are made of a pull on stretchable material that’s ideal for schooling and trail riding. The easy-care Issential™ Microfiber fabric, makes them breathable and abrasion-resistant – the perfect pants for working around horses.

These riding tights wick moisture away from your skin while the four-way stretch allows complete freedom of movement. Like the Cadence breech, they’re sewn with no-chafe seams, body-contouring panels and Chamisoft™ knee patches.

The gripper elastic at the ankles and a 1 1/2″ no-roll waistband keep everything neatly in place. One of the best features about these riding tights is the fact that they come in ladies’ regular rise and low rise styling options, as well as children’s sizing, making them a must-have for nearly all equestrians.

Irideon topline tightsIrideon® Issential Topline Tight. For those looking to add some fun to their riding apparel, you will want to check out the Irideon® Issential Topline Tight. This riding pant has all the great features of Irideon riding tights with the popular style contrasting fold-down waistband. Pair it with an Irideon riding shirt for an easy-to-wear look. In four-way stretch fabric, this wickable riding tight features body contouring panels, Chamisoft™ knee patches, and gripper elastic ankles.

Irideon® Saratoga Polo Shirt. The Irideon® Saratoga Polo Shirt was made for riding! It features wrinkle-resistant, four-way stretch fabric that will keep you looking good and riding your best. By using breathable materials, Irideon ensures that you stay cool and comfortable in the saddle. This ladies’ polo shirt features slimming princess seaming and body contouring panels that create a feminine silhouette. Great colors and sleek styling make this women’s riding top an asset to your riding wardrobe. Available in Ladies’ and Children’s sizing options.

Irideon henleyIrideon® Quarterline Henley. The Irideon® Quarterline Henley shirt may just be the most comfortable top in your wardrobe. The material feels silky-soft against your skin. Great for the barn or around the town, this sporty women’s top is made highly breathable four-way stretch fabric that moves with you and dries quickly for maximum comfort. This riding top has elegant feminine features and an embroidered pony on the hip that any horse enthusiast will appreciate. This shirt goes great with breeches or jeans!

Irideon Riding Wear provides the fit and style to keep you comfortable in the saddle, while still looking great. Whether you’re looking for a quality pair of show pants, or your new favorite top and tights for the trails, come check Dover’s extensive line of Irideon riding apparel to suit all your horseback riding needs.