Manufacturer: Saratoga Horseworks
Model: Tempest Turnout
Purchase: After being disappointed by a number of makes and models of blankets, I was desperate to find something that would fit my horse, hold up to normal use, and not rub him raw. The off-the-rack blankets I'd tried just didn't meet all these criteria. Weatherbeeta fit him well and didn't rub, but they aren't as sturdy as they used to be. Other blankets rubbed him. I finally emailed Saratoga Horseworks, shared my needs and they were happy to make a blanket to my specifications. I paid about $300 which is still less than Rambo charges for some of their blankets.
Likes: Everything. This is a superb blanket. Mine is made of 1000 denier cordura nylon, much tougher than polyester. Per my request, Saratoga Horseworks placed the guessets further forward (somewhat like the Weatherbeeta freestyle) which has eliminated rubs on my horse. They also put dee rings on so I can attach a neck rug if necessary. The blanket stitching is incredible. It has a nice long drop and it fits wonderfully around the chest - high enough to keep out drafts but without binding. There is velcro at the chest and the closures are made of heavy duty plastic which can be fastened with a quick snap without taking your gloves off. The blanket seems to mold to the horse after a few wearings so that it just never shifts. It comes only in basic colors: black, hunter, navy, and burgundy, but with many choices of trim color. This is a very lightweight blanket for the warmth it provides and easy to put on. But it can also easily accommodate a liner if you need additional warmth.
Dislikes: It doesn't come with leg straps - but there are dees for leg straps. I just recycled a pair of leg straps from the Weatherbeeta that ripped after the first season of use. . so that wasn't a problem.
Quality: Superb. This is an American made product and goes through quality control inspection before it is shipped to the purchaser. It does take a few weeks to receive it when you order it but it's worth the wait.
Summary: I wish I had gone with Saratoga Horseworks in the beginning instead of messing around with trying so many other brands but oh well, live and learn. This company also makes a heavier duty blanket as well, with a high neck.
Author: Shagya enthusiast
Usefulness Rating: 1 out of 5.
2 reader(s) voted.
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