Riches to Rags

Last winter I had the sneaking suspicion that by this winter Presto would be wearing Henry-size blankets. Instead of buying all new blankets for Presto, I decided to pass Henry’s old ones along to Presto and buy Henry all new ones. He is the goodest boy, he deserved new blankets. Plus it finally gave me a good excuse to get Henry out of those ugly 3 year old teal HUG’s and into some pretty new navy ones. So Presto got a 72 last year to hold him over (which he wore… twice…) and Henry got new 78’s in navy. The old teal 78’s were washed and stored for Presto to wear this year.


I have a major obsession with these HUG blankets, and they’re getting harder and harder to find. But they’re the only ones I’ve ever found that don’t rub Henry, and I like how much shoulder freedom the horses have in them. I’m convinced it has to be more comfortable when they’re walking or running around. Considering how many horses I see during the winter with shoulder rubs, I’ve never understood why the HUGs aren’t more popular. I have five of them now. Shoot, I even considered buying the fly sheet even though horses can’t really wear fly sheets here in the devil’s armpit. Anyway, moral of this part of the story: I love my HUGs. I am a devotee.

I guess they don’t think teal is his color

It’s supposed to get down near freezing for the next couple nights, so last weekend when I had Presto up in the main barn I tried Henry’s sheet on him for size. Yup, as suspected, 78 it is. I went to my blanket bin in the garage, pulled out the stored teal 78 sheet, and took it to the barn. I brought Presto up to his shed so I could put it on him and get all the straps adjusted to fit him before he actually had to wear it for real. And that’s when I realized that this poor, precious, hideously teal HUG has basically a 0% chance of surviving the week, much less the winter. Why? Let me show you why.

Idiot Baby #1
Idiot Baby #2

They just could not keep the damn thing out of their mouths the entire time I was trying to adjust it. At one point I had to tug-o-war a surcingle strap away from Presto, only to look up and find JB pulling on a leg strap on the other side. Omg. Baby horses are the worst.

I’m gonna be really mad when they both destroy their (or each others?) blankets. This is why they can’t have nice things. Unappreciative little turds. And destroying one of my beloved HUGs, no less. I’m mad at them in advance. Because let’s be real, it’s not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”.

What Presto doesn’t know is that when he destroys this one, he’s going back in his 72 from last year. He can just have a cold butt hanging out the back. That’s what he’ll deserve.

I feel like we should have some kind of death pool for the poor HUG sheet so it can go out with a bang. How long do you think it’ll last? How exactly will it die? Which baby idiot will kill it?

Stay tuned to find out…

25 thoughts on “Riches to Rags

    1. If it wasn’t so hard to keep weight on him through growth spurts I would be more tempted to do that, but geez I’ve worked hard to keep him from looking like an abuse case.


  1. Pig kills those sorts of blankets in about 15 minutes. He’s such an asshole. He loves pulling blankets over his head. I often wonder if he was this bad as a baby, or if he’s gotten craftier as he’s aged. 🤔


  2. Why don’t you put the 72″ on him first, let them kill it, then put on the Hug? Maybe if his butt hangs out & freezes, he’ll learn to appreciate having a blanket that covers it! hahaha!!


  3. We had a gelding in the pasture last year that was obsessed with my mare’s blanket (a gorgeous rambo that I had won and really didn’t want to replace). I’d come out to her neck cover undone or her tail cord busted (I think he loved to ‘boing’ the elastic) and finally I bought that Rap Last nasty smelling stuff and would spray it on the blanket which helped a ton. Not sure it’s enough to deter mouthy baby horses but might be worth a shot? Good luck-they kind of look like they’re saying “Challenge Accepted”


      1. I’ve had friends just spray along the spine of the blanket with this stuff and the residual spray/nastiness keeps them off the rest of the blanket. Might be worth trying.


  4. My junior hunter was the worst blanket shredder I’ve ever known. I tried everything from spraying them fully with wrap last (do no recommend… you have to touch it too, and then your eyes. Cause Wrap last.) to making him wear a bib. He still managed to destroy his clothes.
    I give that sheet one night. MAYBE.


    1. I dunno, it seems like most places have stopped carrying them over the years for whatever reason. Dover used to make some with the same front closure style too but they don’t anymore.


    1. They’ve been such a godsend for Henry, I absolutely love them. Everything else I tried rubbed him horribly! They work well for Presto too, since he’s such a weird shape in the shoulders and body right now. I can’t imagine trying to find something to fit him comfortably.


  5. I swear by Macnasty spray.
    Its as nasty as it sounds and works for those naughty blanket tugging, pulling, chomping jerks.


  6. I know you say you don’t want to spray the rug, but I’m going to add another vote to those suggesting to try it – use Red Hot, bitter apple, whatever is easiest. just on the rump area and around the chest flap/shoulders. It’s not something you have to do forever, it’s only for long enough to train them not to do it. Been there with rug wreckers, and sprayed rugs do work. Especially with young horses, it trains them to be polite with rugs their whole life.


  7. I recently bought one of those hug style closures and I’ll have to look back at where I bought it from.. I don’t recall it being hug branded so maybe it’s an alternative.


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