A BIT OF INFO BLANKETS
There are so many
blankets on the market to day it is hard to tell the one that would work
the best for you and your horse. As pad companies come up with air, gel,
memory, and so many others that they clam that they are the best “WHAT
DO YOU DO”
One thing some
people try to do with a blanket is fix a saddle that does not fit or a
saddle with a bad tree. If you have the bad tree “new saddles can have
bad trees”. There are not much any blanket can do. There is a lot to say
about bad trees and I will when we do A Bit of Saddle Info. If the
saddle does not fix you need to know where, bars, gullet height and
width and even skirts size. Some of these can be helped easier than
others like gullet that is too wide is easier than to narrow tree or low
gullet. A low gullet you have to bring the saddle up that can change
your bars to ride higher loses the pocket the saddle should be in you
can lose the feel of contact with your horse and the saddle move on your
horse. That should help the low gullet and narrow bars from sore-backing
the horse some but the best way and some people say the only way Get a
saddle that fits the horse.
There are several functions the pad you pick should do with a saddle
that fits. Some of these are, moisture management, heat retention,
pressure points, and you want no problems with any slipping saddles.
Plus you need to
consider the riding you do trial, pleasure, roping, barrels or what you
do. My number 1 pick is ”Wool Felt”.
What is felt?
Felt is a pressed, matted
fabric formed by the interlocking of certain unspun fibers, most notably
wool. No spinning, weaving, or knitting is involved. Rather, through a
combination of heat, moisture, and pressure, each individual fiber
becomes completely entangled with the other fibers around it. The
tangled mass forms a natural, self-tightening, felted mat. Looked at
under a microscope, felt appears as just such a tangle of intertwined
fibers, with irregular open areas."
Felt retains a percentage of natural lanolin from the sheep. This
the density of the felt will
repel water and make it a product that is windproof and shower proof.
The wool fibers contain curls, or crimps that flex and stretch up to 30%
more than their original length. They bounce back quickly like a
miniature spring returning to the original shape. Resisting wrinkles,
while retaining it’s original thickness, and appearance for year.
Wool Blanket that conforms to the horse’s back, absorbing the motion of
the saddle, yet holds its place without sore backing the horse. A Wool
Blanket is not only soft and flexible but will withstand all the day to
day riding you can give it
The wool fibers repel water, and absorb moisture to be released in
vapor form. Unlike synthetics, wool ‘breathes.’ Wool can absorb as much
as 18% of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp and up to 50%
of its weight without becoming saturated. Wool fibers can even rid
themselves of dirt particles.
"Your Horse Deserves the Very Best!"
Too Bottom offered by Reinsman is another “Great Choice”. There
are many reasons why I would pick this one.
Therapeutic & Eliminating Pressure Points & Cool and Dry& Long
Lasting. Makes Reinsman with 100% Wool Felt Blankets my
M.C. Diamond Ranch