Model: Orican Original Standard Neck Midweight
Purchase: I have three of these blankets. Two (size 75 and 78)I purchased last winter at the local TSC store for $89 each. The third one (size 78) was given to me brand new by a friend about 5 years ago. This size 78 Oricans were for my Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse mare. The size 75 Orican was for my Rocky Mountain Horse/Quarter Horse mare.
Likes: I love how this blanket fits both of my mares. I've always had problems blanketing these two mares because the neck on most blankets are too big for them. The Weatherbeeta Orican fits them both perfectly though, and have plenty of drop on the sides to offer lots of protection to the upper legs and belly. The straps always stay hooked and the two newer Oricans have rubber rings on the belly bands to make sure the straps stay in place. The blankets always stay upright and never shift to one side. They never rub my horses or cause any sores or white spots or hair loss. These blankets have never soaked through and my horses have always been good and dry all winter long. And the price is very reasonable! And even in the worst of weather and snow and ice, my horses were always warm and happy.
Dislikes: I can't honestly say that there is anything I dislike about these blankets. Having the clip and dee ring chest straps like some of the other Weatherbeeta models would be nice, but I can deal with the buckling chest straps with no problem.
Quality: These blankets are tough and durable. The construction seems great and the materials are strong and work well. All the hardware is still in great shape. Seems to be a high quality product at a very reasonable price! Considering I've gotten five years use out of one of them, they must be good quality blankets! All three of my Oricans have also survived somewhat aggressive pasture mates.
Summary: Overall, I love these blankets. My two newest Oricans were used most of the winter last year, and survived without a tear in them. My old Orican is still going strong after five years and is going into its sixth winter. I did re-waterproof it this summer, as toward the end of last winter water was beginning to soak into the outer shell, but never soaked through the outer shell, so my mare still stayed dry. So far this fall, it is once again repelling water just fine. I also had to fix a small tear on the outer shell this summer, but overall, I have more than gotten my money's worth out of my old Orican, and it still has a lot of life left in it. And I'm sure I'll get just as much use out of my two newest Oricans as well, so my two mares won't need new blankets anytime soon. Thanks to the Orican, I am a die hard Weatherbeeta fan! I highly recommend this blanket!
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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