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Date: 5/1/13 3:40 PM

Not sure if this is the right place for this topic, but here goes. I know we have some Horse lovers out here and I need your input. I have an acquaintance who has a horse. She has figured out how to make a blanket for him, using the old one as a pattern. The questions is: What type of material should she be making this blanket out of? Her "muslin" was out of old jeans that she sewed together, but she said it didn't hold up well.

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Date: 5/1/13 3:45 PM

I don't really know but I was always under the impression that they were woolen.
Seems like we had one around when I was a kid and that's what it was.

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Date: 5/1/13 4:17 PM

Is the blanket going to be a turnout blanket and exposed to the elements?

I have a couple of outdoor blankets. One is made of canvas and the other is Pack Cloth. Both are quilted and lined. One is fleece and the other is flannel if I remember correctly.

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Date: 5/1/13 5:55 PM

Thanks so much. I'll pass along what you have said. I think she wants an outdoor blanket.

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Date: 5/1/13 9:39 PM

My sister has horses and has used blankets. I think some have been two layers of wool but she has some that are quilted. I don't know why you couldn't use an outdoor type fabric that we might use for a coat (maybe something to repel water?) and then lined and quilted? I don't know that there are any rules and if you are making it, then you have so many more options than something you buy. I wouldn't think you would want it too heavy though-just warm.

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Date: 5/1/13 10:29 PM

I don't make my own horse blankets, but I have a ton of them for my four horses. They can be anything from a light weight fly sheet, nylon sheet or cotton sheet to a rain sheet or heavy weight turnout rug. The fabrics are generally a waterproof, breathable ripstop for turnout blankets. There are also wool or fleece coolers as well. She could do some snoop shopping at a tack store or online to get an idea of what they are made of. Fabric stores that specialize in outdoor fabrics might be a place to check for fabrics. I know Seattle fabrics used to have a selection.

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Date: 5/2/13 0:37 AM

My old guy has a closet full of blankets-his fave is a lightweight, rain repellent sheet with an underlayer for warmth. I will not use anything that isn't water repellent or water proof. Blankets cost from $80-200+ and need to be reinforced at the shoulders and withers. I also like them to cover the top of the tail. I buy my blankets and try to find someone else to repair them. My machine is too special to handle a horse blanket.

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Date: 5/2/13 1:15 AM

I make and repair horse blankets for a living. I think someone with a home machine would struggle to make a weather proof outdoor horse rug. I've made under blankets out of fleece and wool blend on my little domestic machine before but it was quite hard work and something I would hesitate to do again.
The sewing machine I use to work on horse rugs is an absolute beast of a machine that uses size 25 needles and has a compound feed foot. Usually dometic machines only go up to size 16. Even with that, I can sometimes break needles and throw the timing out.
I've never seen the fabric used in horse rugs for sale except in specialist outlets used by people in the trade, tarp sewers and motor trimmers.
But having said all of that, if there is anything else you would like to know, ask away!

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Date: 5/2/13 3:35 AM

We only use blankets on a horse that is ill or plagued by flies. My daughter did try putting a blanket on a big barrel horse who had less winter coat than he needed but that didn't last very long- about six hours if I remember correctly.

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Date: 5/2/13 8:27 AM

What a wealth of info I've been given here. Thank you all so much. I'm taking notes to pass along. I did give the lady the PR site address and suggested she "tune in". She said she probably wouldn't need the blanket until next winter, but wants to use the time in between, making one(or more). I don't think she is real familiar with sewing. She used the old worn out blanket to fashion the one that didn't hold up. I did suggest to her about using RipStop(I know Joann's sells it).

She was hoping to hold down costs by making her own, but from what I've read here, it's probably worth buying one that is well made and will last, rather than trying to make something that wouldn't last any longer than her first attempt

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