I received Noble’s back-up winter blanket from stack.com (Schneiders) a few days ago. Boaz is wearing what would have been his second one, the aqua jacket. Noble now has a green one and a beautiful red one, just in case one gets wet. Though they are waterproof, Noble is prone to getting rainrot on both sides near the shoulders where water can ooze down inside. I don’t leave them outside in rain with blankets on, but occasionally it warms up and rains unexpectedly in the night. If it’s warm enough to rain, they don’t need their jackets, and if it’s a cold pouring rain in the 30s (temp), they come inside. Noble got his first blanket at age 24, and Boaz came with one in a different brand, not as nice or well made. Boaz gets to wear the 72″ which fits fine and was a little too small for Noble’s 16h frame.
The aqua blanket is in its 4th year of service and in perfect condition except for replacement leg straps this year ($6.95). I paid $114 for it, and this year, I paid under $100 each for the new ones. The surprise is not only the price, but also the same high quality workmanship, weight, materials and clasps. These are medium weight, Contour Collar Euro Turnouts, #31956. I never leave them in a blanket 24 hours, always giving them a break in their stalls to prevent rubbing. I go for under 26 degrees for blanketing, usually just for the night. Love helping these senior guys conserve energy and warmth.
WRITING TIP: I am virtually committed to essentially getting out this blog weekly just with some writing tips and potentially useful horse info from my actual experiences every week of the year. That’s a 29-word sentence with at least 14 unnecessary words, a redundancy on the weekly reference and misplaced modifier. The simplified version: I am committed to this weekly blog of writing tips and horse info from my experiences. Some words are junk filler and, most of the time, do not add anything to the message, like: actual or actually (way over-used word!), truly, essentially, virtually, really, just, literally. Every week of the year, at the end, is the misplaced modifier, as it refers to the blog, but it modifies experiences. Try not to clutter up your writing with “actual” and “actually” and other non-essential words.