You have finally decided on what style turnout blanket your horse needs, but that’s only one piece of the puzzle in choosing a blanket. Each blanket is different including materials, hardware, style, warranty and more. It is important to see what is offered regarding durability and warranty on the blankets that your horse will be wearing.
Our turnout blanket outer shells are made of two base materials: nylon or polyester. What does that mean for your horse? Nylon turnout blankets are inherently more durable than polyester turnout blankets. That’s part of the reason our ballistic nylon turnout blankets all have a ten year warranty, but the highest warranty seen on a polyester blanket is five years.
Why does denier matter? While the material is a huge factor in durability, the denier of a blanket is equally important. Denier is the measurement for fiber density. The higher the denier, the heavier and more durable the material. Higher deniers are also more waterproof. The 1680 denier ballistic nylon blankets would be our toughest durability, as we rate them durable enough for hard play. Whereas a 1200 denier ripstop polyester is rated for light play with a one year warranty. Our blanket deniers range from 1200 denier polyester to 1680 denier polyester and also 1680 denier ballistic nylon.
What does a blanket warranty cover? Regardless of the duration of the warranty, what is covered stays the same. The turnout blankets are guaranteed to be waterproof and breathable for the entire term of the warranty. The warranty also covers the damage or defect to the outer shell, inner lining, straps, surcingles, assembly, and hardware. If you have an issue with the blanket, (whether it be damage or defect) Customer Service will be able to help, via phone, email, or live chat.
What does this all mean? The stronger the material and the higher the denier, the more durable the blanket. So, for horses that are tough on blankets or live outside 24/7, it is a good idea to go with a higher denier and likely the nylon outer shell. Whereas a lower denier and a polyester outer shell may be suitable for a horse who is easy on blankets or is turned out minimally.