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Old 01-10-2006, 11:13 PM   #1
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How do you keep turnout blankets from rubbing?

Sunny's blanket is rubbing only on his left shoulder, but it's basically taken off a patch of hair and looks pretty uncomfortable. Many years ago, when my QH mare was blanketed, I sewed sheepskin patches into the shoulders and you know what, it worked!! Of course I did a crappy job sewing them in and they fell out, requiring much more sewing! This time around I bought a sheepskin mitt for buffing your car, and I plan on cutting it up to sew onto Sunny's blanket.

Oh the things we do for our horses! Anyone else got good tips for keeping a blanket from rubbing? Before the first sheepskin experiment I bought one of those horse "bras" (remember those?!?!) but it didn't seem to help.
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:03 AM   #2
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Get out your needle and thread!

Blanket rubbing is caused by ill fitting blanket.

Watch how he wears it and see if the neck is too low. The most common flaw. If it is try either putting darts in the shoulders, putting a dart in front or taking some of the material out of the withers. Is it an open or closed front? Open front blankets seen to do this more so I have them sewn closed. You can also line to area in satin or sateen to help with the rubbing. Also make sure there is no mud or dirt embedded and causing the problem. If you have not way to get it fixed look for a sleazy sleep wear shoulder cover to go under his turnout. This is the fastest fix.
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:37 AM   #3
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I go to the Goodwill-type store and buy old beat up satin dresses or slips
easy to stitch in and it slides right over their shoulders.
Even if it fits perfectly after a few hours of bucking and playing it will shift and sometimes bind. I just put a patch over the whole shoulder area
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:42 AM   #4
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OOPS-just said the same thing eieio said!
love your name BTW
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