I have been thinking about buying a blanket for Chrome for the winter. I normally don't blanket my horses because they have hay 24/7 and they have shelter, but Chrome doesn't seem to grow as much of a winter coat as the horses I grew up with did. Last winter he would shiver when it rained, then I would have to bring him in, dry him off with towels and stand out in the freezing cold until he dried while he ate hay. It wasn't pleasant for either of us and he always acted so freaked out, jumpy and spooky. Very abnormal behavior for him so I know he was extremely uncomfortable. This year I would like something just for the rainy/windy days/nights. The problem is I don't know much about blankets!
What kind do I get? I saw something on Smartpak called a rain sheet that looked really cool because it can go over the saddle for riding in rainy weather, which would be nice since I have no arena and my saddle has suede on it, but are those meant for turnout?? Also what brands are good? I don't know anything about brands.
The blanket doesn't have to be particularly warm. I live in the south, so it never gets below zero and we rarely have snow. It's just the ice and rain that causes problems, so I need something to keep him dry. So what do you guys suggest against rain and 20-30F temps? Oh and if possible something that is good quality, but won't break the bank. Money is still very tight (especially after buying all of our hay for the winter!). Thanks guys!!