App Review: SmartPak SmartBlanket App

I am awful at figuring out what blanket to put on my ponies to keep them as snug as a bug in a rug. Considering I clip Ax during the winter, knowing which blanket to put is kind of important. I am forever asking the other boarders if they are blanketing or even calling my mom for her opinion. So when SmartPak released their SmartBlanket App, I thanked the horse blanketing gods.

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The app is designed to “provide customized recommendations tailored to each horse and the local weather at your barn”. You begin by entering your horse’s name, birthday, and a photo. Next you select a coat length, body condition, and living situations. With options from unclipped to a full body clip and in the barn 24/7 to outside all day, it is extremely easy to personalize the app to your horse exactly.

Ax currently has a hunter clip, so his body is naked but his head and legs are furry. I classified him as “partially clipped”, if I babied him a little more I could have chosen “full body clip” since technically his body is clipped, but I like to blanket a little on the lighter side. He is a perfect weight right now, so I considered his body condition to be “close to ideal weight”. Lastly, he goes outside during the day and lives inside at night and there isn’t a twenty degree difference between the barn and outside. As Ax gets fuzzier, I can easily change any of these settings in the “Manage Horses” section of the menu.

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Once you input all of your horse’s information, the SmartBlanket app gives you the temperature and conditions of the next week with a customized blanket recommendation for each day and night. The blanket options include a sheet, turnout sheet, medium weight, and heavyweight. The app also gives you an explanation of each type of blanket and a link to shop SmartPak online for that type of blanket.

(Hint: Don’t know if the blanket you have on is the right weight? Search it on SmartPak and see what category it falls under!)

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A little changing of Ax’s settings, and I could easily find the definitions of the different blankets the app suggests. (No, he is not at a barn in Anchorage, Alaska.)

The app also has other features that can be found in the left sidebar menu. These include blanketing tips, a blanket glossary to help identify different types of blankets, an article on how to measure for a blanket, and fit tips!

Long story short? I. LOVE. THIS. APP. If you have horse that you blanket, you need this app. Go download it. Right now. Thank me later.

-TC

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