The Rider’s International line of turnout blankets is a brand sold exclusively through Dover Saddlery. I found this blanket in a bargain bin at the store for a fraction of the original price tag (Seriously I think I bought it for $28). This is a discontinued item but the new version of this blanket is still available and called Rider´s International® by Dover Saddlery® Medium Weight Supreme Turnout Blanket.
The blanket is medium weight, coming with 200g of fill. The exterior of the blanket is a 1200 denier ripstop teflon coated polyester material.
The blanket is fluffy and light yet keeps the horses quite warm.
The sides of the blanket are long and fit a wider frame or deep heart girth easily.
- Blade was a large horse with a deep heart girth. He had a nice wide build. I have run into situations where the sides were too short on him. For this blanket, however, the sides were nice and deep.
- I did a double-take when I found this blanket. I know it isn’t quite fair that I am reviewing a blanket I found for $28 but the new version is just as great with a good price tag. The blanket, new, is about $150.
- I was very impressed with the quality of this blanket. I have used it a couple of seasons now and it is still in remarkably good shape.
- Length of belly straps
- My only complaint about this blanket so far is the excessive length of the belly straps. I don’t keep them tight to the belly but I prefer them to be close. If horses lie down they can easily get a hoof caught in an overly loose belly surcingle. The blanket I bought was always too loose in the belly for Blade even at it’s shortest setting. I love how roomy the blanket is but I wish there was an option to tighten the fit.
Not specifically for the blanket itself but for turnout blankets in general:
- Belly Surcingles crisscross.
- Rear straps go around each leg, crisscrossing in the middle
- Fit the belly surcingles relatively close to the barrel of the horse (no more than an inch or two of space preferably) to prevent legs getting caught.
- Frequently remove the blanket and check underneath. Check your horse for rubbing, healthy skin, healthy weight.
- During inclement weather always check under the blanket to make sure the blanket is still waterproof.
- Keeping blankets clean is crucial, but over-washing blankets can deteriorate the waterproofing. Always make sure you are using the recommended detergent and follow care instructions to keep your turnout rugs looking good (I use Rambo Wash).
A few other brands you might have heard of:
- Schneider’s AMRMORFlax Warrior VTEK ($229-339)
- WeatherBeeta ($200-250)
- Horseware Ireland’s Rambo ($300-450)
- Tough-1 ($90-150)
- Saxon ($70-100)
Dover’s exclusive brand Rider’s International makes high quality and affordable turnout blankets. It is good quality, waterproof, breathable, and fits well. I am not in love with the overly long belly surcingles but for the price, I paid it was 100% worth every penny. I imagine I will get many more uses out of it before it bites the dust.
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