Holidays

We are slowing down on turn around for the holidays.  We are taking this time to be with family, friends, horses and other furry friends.

Happy Holidays …

Equiline – Blankets Pickup- March 4, 2015

Equiline is Moving to Latigo —-

Please pickup your blankets in Falcon Before or On March 1, 2015.

Equiline will be CLOSED for the Move on March 2, 2015.

REOPEN for Business in Latigo on March 3, 2015.  Pickup and Dropoff will be in the Latigo Location on March 4, 2015.

NEW ADDRESS:

13710 Halleluiah Trail

5 miles north of Woodmen on Meridian Road
in the Latigo Equestrian Center

Equiline Moving from Falcon to Latigo – March 3, 2015

Equiline is Moving from Falcon to Latigo

 

In Falcon thru March 1, 2015, Closed Monday March 2 and Open in Latigo March 3, 2015 details below from Equiline email:

Here’s our plan.
We will be at the Falcon location this weekend because of the excessive cold and snow.

Saturday (2.28), 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday (3.1), 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Help us make our move lighter by shopping with us before we move!

We have lots of clearance items for $5.00 and even some items that are free!

We will be moving on Monday, March 2, 2015 and so we will be closed while we move.

We reopen at Latigo
on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New location, new hours:
Mon-Fri, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat-Sun, 10:00 AM – 4:00

 

Problem Solving for the Top 5 Questions about Horse Blankets

Problem Solving for the Top 5 Questions about Horse Blankets

  1. How do you measure your horse to get the correct blanket size?
    1. The easiest way is to measure from the center of the horse’s chest, over the point of the shoulder, to the center of the tail.
    2. Even though this will give you the size of your horse, not all blankets will fit your horse. Did you know there is American and European sizing? American sizing is in 2” increments, 66, 68, 70, etc….European sizing is in 3” increments, 66, 69, 72, etc. If you horse falls in between sizes, go to the next largest size.
  2. How do you know the Blanket fits the Horse?
    1. When your horse walks if you see the blanket pulling in the front, it is too tight and you will get shoulder and wither rubs.
    2. If he blanket gaps in front, it is too big and will slide back behind your horses’ withers.
    3. The blanket should be no more than halfway to the horses’ knees and hocks, if it is longer the horse could get his leg caught in the surcingles when getting up.
    4. The ends of the blanket at the hindquarters, when gently pulled together, should meet at the sides of the horse’s tail. If they overlap on the tail the blanket is too big. If you can see a few inches of rump on either side of the tail, it’s too small. (Horse Illustrated – Nov 2011)
    5. My favorite blankets are Rambo’s and Amigo’s. We have been repairing blankets for over 17 years and we hardly repair these blankets and when we do it is usually to reattached hardware.
    6. http://www.classicsaddlery.com/blankets/blanketramborhinoamigo.htm Classic Saddlery lists all the Rambo, Amigo, and Rhino blankets and provides a great description of, not only the blanket features; but will give you an idea of the perfect blanket for your climate.
    7. The blog on Smart Pak, shows good and bad blanket fits and best blanket brands by body type. http://blog.smartpakequine.com/2012/10/blankets-uncovered/
  3. What does all that denier mean? Make sure you look at the total package.
    1. Outer Shell
      1. Denier is the strength of the outer shell. The larger the number the stronger the shell.
      2. Is it nylon or polyester? Nylon is stronger. Polyester holds up better in the sun. Ripstop nylon refers to a high-denier fabric woven in a cross pattern so that in the event of a tear, it is prevented from spreading. Ballistic refers to a thick and very tough synthetic fabric. The lower the number the softer the material; the higher the number the stiffer the material, which translates to heavier. Ballistic was originally used in military jackets and bullet-proof vests.
      3. Is the blanket waterproof or water-resistant? Water-resistant will provide some protection from moisture, but are not designed to fully repel water when exposed to downpours, snow, or sleet. Waterproof means that the blanket fabric has been treated to repel the water.
    2. Interior
      1. Nylon glides over the horse, allowing air circulation. Considering the moist climate under the blanket, it is an ideal place for bacteria to grow. Anti-microbial fabrics reduce or eliminate this problem.
  4. Can you re-waterproofing a blanket?
      1. Yes and No. There are a few wash in waterproofing available. These are generally effective for increasing or restoring the waterproof and will not negatively affect the breathability factors of the fabric. There are also many sprays, but this reduces the permeability, making it less breathable and can damage the integrity of the material.
      2. CareTex Blanket Wash is scientifically formulated to be safe for all waterproof fabrics and is also a great stable, pet and people laundry detergent that removes stains and odors yet is scent free and septic friendly.  CareTex Blanket Wash, $7.95 for an 8 fl oz bottle, will wash approximately 16 horse blankets or 8 full loads of stable laundry. www.CareTex.info
  5. How should I clean my blankets?
    1. To start with, have more than one blanket, so you can rotate them out. Horses sweat and dirt gets into the pores of the material, reducing the permeability.
    2. When you remove the blanket, it is best to turn it inside out to dry. If there is any dirt, brush it with a stiff brush, and if you need to clean it, rinse with a hose and hang over the fence to dry. NEVER put blankets in a dryer; the inside fabric can get too hot and melt or even shrink. Also, depending on how the insulation is installed it could bunch up ruining the insulation properties.
    3. If you need to have the blanket washed it is best to use a professional service that has large commercial capacity washers that are made to handle large volumes of water, dirt, and hair.
    4. Even though there are larger front loader home machines, they are not equipped to handle the volume of water and hair a horse blanket holds. Did you know that a horse blanket can hold up to 75 lbs of water, putting intensive stress on your home machine spinning cycle?
    5. If you do wash your own blankets, use soap for horse blankets or use a very mild soap, like Dreft, use half the recommended dose, double rinse and hang to dry. Because some horses have allergies, NEVER use scented soap.