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I have what is probably going to be a LOONEY idea for something to make...

 

Has anyone ever heard of anyone crocheting a horse blanket? 

 

I have a wonderful coworker who loves horses.  I thought it might be a nice thing to make her a blanket for her horse, but I wasn't sure if horses need some sort of special strength blanket, or a specific type of fiber, etc.

 

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I don't think it would ever be close to being sturdy enough unless it was hooked out of nylon or something like that.    They can be pretty hard on them.  

 

Maybe get her a Breyer horse and make it a blanket :D

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Years ago I made saddle blankets for my horses and was told by a "seasoned" wrangler on the ranch to "Never use artificial fiber blankets on the back of a horse. They can cause too much friction between the horses back and saddle then create sores". I made a few wool blankets and felted them which worked out fine except the wear was not very long and a bit pricey for the 100% wool. I did make a few more wool blankets and used them as decorative blankets on top of the store bought ones. Put a bit of pizzaz peaking out from under my saddle.

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WOW, what a lovely piece of crochet.  I have a couple of neighbors that "horse around".....LOL.  I know the gal would love one of those for her horse.  May a black one would be nice for her partner's horse.  Thanks so much for the link.

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Back when I used to ride and show horses I used to crochet saddle blankets for myself.  What you COULD do that might be possible if you are looking to make an actual blanket for the horse would be to take a lightweight cotton thread and crochet a fly sheet, which is just a lightweight blanket that you put on a horse in a stall or paddock to keep the flies from bothering them.  You could also, as someone suggested, crochet a fringed strip that attaches to their halter to keep the flies from bothering their eyes.  

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Are you meaning a saddle blanket? Rather than a full size rug!

No reason why not, but it would have to be

 

> absorbent, or sweat will cause soreness

 

> thick enough to provide a little bit of padding, but not too thick to interfere with the fit of the saddle

 

> nice and soft

 

> tough enough to withstand frequent washing and brushing off hair

 

Lastly, it should be crazy, unique and fun!!

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Yes, I see.

In my opinion it would be of not much use, most are water repellant or waterproof. For added warmth a full size blanket is put on under the top rug.

 

You could maybe crochet a " sweat rug", this is made of a mesh pattern, sometimes used as a summer fly sheet.

If you google horse sweat rugs, or horse rugs using IMAGEs, the pictures may give you some ideas. If you google horse blankets you won't get the shaped rugs with all the necessary fixing straps

 

Just be careful you don't spend a lot of time making something the owner will never use, horse owners are fussy people, I know because I've been one for years

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You would have to make it out of cotton, and unless you used a very light, #10 cotton thread, the blanket would be so heavy it would be very ungainly to work with.  Also, I think the weight of the blanket would probably pull it out of shape because worsted weight cotton is VERY heavy when it is crocheted into a cloth.  I made a hoodie for myself out of worsted weight cotton and the thing weighs a TON!  It's very cozy, even when it's pretty cold out, but as far as the amount you would need to make a horse blanket, it would REALLY be heavy to work with.  I would stick with the #10 cotton thread and make a fly sheet or a lightweight sheet to go UNDER a heavy rug for traveling.  Otherwise I don't think the project would turn out too well just based on how much the thing is going to end up weighing.  And if it ever gets wet, fuggeddaboudit!  Your horse's knees are going to be shaking trying to hold the thing up!  LOL!

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