Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hey Stupid! Wet blankets make horses cold!!

Ok, just so we all know, I'm an idiot!

It was supposed to be mid-40s today, so I took Beau's night-time blanket off and hung it on the gate. Just like I did for the last two days.

I knew we might get a little rain. Meh! No biggie. He can get out of the rain.

I thought about coming home at lunch (about the time it started to look like rain) and putting the blanket back on. But then I thought, "Nah! He'll be fine. He's got a light blanket on and he can get out of the rain. I'll put it on when I get home."

I get home and DUH!! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

The night-time blanket was still on the gate. IN THE RAIN!! And the underside was wet.

So, then I thought, "NOW WHAT!" Hmm... I dug around in the blanket trunk and pulled out my two good blankets. I knew they were bigger, but could it be possible that one would be small enough to fit him. I got some hay twine and wrapped it around him, front to back, to measure him. He measured out at 75 inches. WHAT?? No way. There is NO WAY he is that big. I remeasured. Yup! 75 inches. Well, the smaller of the two blankets was a size 76. That translates to 76 inches right?? Cool!

So I put the blanket on and adjust the straps to as small as they would go. It fits good enough to get him through until the wet blanket dries out in the garage. I'm thinking that a size 72 might be perfect if ever I can round up the money to buy him his own.

In the mean time, until I can buy him a new blanket of his own, I borrowed my cousin's old sewing machine. I'm going to add velcro straps to the front of the small blankets so I can better adjust the chest closure. The one that goes on over his head, will be cut and stitched.


Katharine Swan said...

I bought a new waterproof sheet for my horse today, and guess what? He's graduated to a 66! (From a 64)

Amazing how short he is compared to Beau -- and they're the same height!

Karen V said...

I HAD to have done something wrong. He is so little! He CAN'T be that big! CAN'T I tell ya!

Drillrider said...


Don't be so hard on yourself. We have all gotten in a hurry and done stuff like that. I know I have, that's for sure.

Beau could be "long", though short. I have a 15.1 hand gelding that wears a 78" and someone claimed I was telling a lie.

I went and measured him again after that and NO LIE--he wears a 78" blanket! My problem is it never fits in the chest (anglo-arab) with no chest to speak of.