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Schneider's Learning Center - Innovative Fabric Technology: Turnout Blankets

Turnout Blanket Fabric Technology: What's Under the Hood?

Waterproof, Windproof and Breathable, what does it all mean?

Turnout blankets are designed to protect your horse from the elements while allowing your horse’s skin to breathe beneath the waterproof exterior. Any sweat or moisture created underneath the blanket from your horse’s body regulating its temperature should be expelled out through to the air. This waterproof breathable aspect of turnout blanket design is what keeps your horse warm, dry and comfortable in all kinds of weather.

All Schneiders turnout blankets and sheets are designed to be waterproof and breathable, but we also offer the following specially designed technical fabrics to keep your horse warm, dry, and comfortable, even in fluctuating temperatures, rain, or snow.

Technical Fabric: Aridity Bamboo Charcoal Lining

Kiss those smelly, damp blankets goodbye. Our exclusive Aridity™ inner lining contains a layer of bamboo charcoal, an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial fabric which absorbs odors and wicks moisture away from your horse's sensitive skin. This fabric has been proven to wick moisture 4X faster than any other fabric, leaving your horse healthy, warm and dry under their blanket.

Bamboo charcoal comes from pieces of bamboo plants that have been harvested after at least five years, and burned in ovens ranging from 800-1200 degrees Celsius. This method increases the deodorizing and antibacterial properties, which continue to work naturally within the fabric of the blanket lining. Instead of masking odors, you can eliminate them. This is an especially great feature during the winter months when blankets are used daily and would normally pick up the smells of urine and manure, especially for horses spending more time in their stalls during inclement weather. By having natural antibacterial and antifungal traits from the bamboo, the fabric causes fewer allergic skin reactions and irritations when compared to other materials on the market that have been treated with antimicrobial agents.

Bamboo-charcoal fabric has the ability to absorb excessive moisture more effectively than traditional fabrics, as well as better ventilation and insulating abilities. Due to the nano-particles that are conductive in bamboo-charcoal, the fabric resists charge buildup resulting in reduced static shock, even in dry conditions. No more pulling your blankets off only to have your horse become skittish anticipating static electricity across their body.

The bamboo-charcoal fabric will feel pleasant to older horses, those who tend to be cold backed or those who become muscle sore, because the fabric contains activated carbon that emits far infrared rays (FIR). These rays have health benefits such as increasing circulation which allows the body to fuel muscles and repair damage more efficiently, easing muscle soreness and easing pain in older or arthritic horses.

Use our Aridity™ Bamboo Charcoal Lining, exclusive offered within our Armorflex® Warrior Turnout Blanket line, to absorb odors, reduce static electricity, wick moisture, and provide an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal lining that can also help older or sore backs horses through far infrared ray (FIR) technology.

Aridity: Bamboo Charcoal Lining with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties

Technical Fabric: Tekno-Fleece for Changing Temperatures

How does Tekno-Fleece work?

Our Tekno-Fleece® insulating lining is the perfect solution for fluctuating climates. The Tekno-Fleece® Insulation layer offers moisture-wicking technology between the inner nylon lining that is smooth against your horses coat, and the outer layer of the blanket. If your horse begins to sweat, whether it be from play during turnout or a change in temperature, moisture is pulled away from the skin, transferred through the outer later and evaporates, leaving your horse comfortable and dry.

Tekno-Fleece® blankets are a great option to have for those in-between days when it’s a bit colder than just needing a turnout sheet, but not quite cold enough for a heavier blanket. This feature is also helpful for horses stabled at boarding barns or if you are not able to constantly monitor or change blankets throughout the day with changing temperatures.

Turnout Blanket Fabric Technology: Waterproofing & Durability

Not all outer fabrics are the same when it comes to durability and weatherproofing. Our technical fabric coatings are engineered to provide waterproofing properties superior to those used by our competition. That’s why we can offer warranties above and beyond those you will find elsewhere.

Tough as Armorflex®

If your horse is rough on clothing, spends a lot of time turned out, or plays hard, our Armorflex® Warrior Turnout Blankets are an excellent choice. Their super-tough outer fabric guards against tears and withstands the rigors of the most destructive horses who are prone to ripping blankets. Warrior blankets are coated with a unique compound, engineered to be 15 times more waterproof than competitive blankets. With Warrior you can rest easy, these blankets are backed by a Lifetime Warranty!

Our Armorflex® Challenger Turnout Blankets are also coated with a special compound, making them 5X more waterproof than competitive brands. Challenger's tough outer fabric is extremely durable and is designed to withstand wear and tear from playful horses. These blankets will outperform and out last other leading brands. These blankets are so strong, we've backed them with a 5 year warranty!

A Shield from the Storm

StormShield® Blankets are 5X more waterproof than competitive brands. The elements are no match for these blankets - water just beads up and rolls off, keeping your horses dry. You no longer have to fret over those particular horses that refuse to go in the barn or run-in-shed during poor weather, and choose to stay out in the rain and snow. A variety of styles and fit options are available, with durable outer material to stand up to normal play during turnout, including a one, two or ten-year warranty on the blankets in this line.

Schneider’s Dura-Tech®, Armorflex®, and StormShield® blanket lines are made from materials that offer three to fifteen times the weatherproofing of other brands and designs that won’t rub or put pressure on your horse’s withers. These blankets are truly some of the best you’ll find on the market, and made to last.