This past weekend, my husband and I watched the movie The Blind Side again. It is an amazing story, but I mention the movie for one particular scene. Mrs. Tuohy takes Michael Oher to the Big & Tall store to find some new clothing. She asks the salesmen what they have available in Michael’s size. He points to one rack and states, “This is all we have in his size.” Mrs. Tuohy retorts, “Are you not a big and tall store?” The salesman laughs and replies, “He needs a bigger and taller store!” Well that is about where I am with finding Ike a winter blanket. Yes everyone, that moment has arrived, Ike has outgrown his EIGHTY SIX inch blanket. As you can see in his photo, we cannot close the front of the blanket – the velcro doesn’t even come close to securing in front. As my blogger friend Susan noted, “He has massive cleavage spillage like the drunk girl on Saturday night.” Poor Ike.
We have moved beyond the normal horse-sized blankets. Most brands of blankets have a maximum size of 84 inches with some venturing into the 86 inch range. When you start looking for sizes bigger than that, your choices are very limited. I suppose most companies assume when you are that big, you don’t get cold. When you type “88 inch horse blanket” into a search engine, you get about 5 websites with a limited selection of turnout blankets and stable blankets. Cute colors/plaids/patterns? Forget about it. Color choices? Typically one color choice – take it or leave it. The best selection appears to be at Schneider’s Tack (the same place I found Ike’s double bridle) with a brand called Big Fella Blankets marketed “For Drafts, Large Warmbloods, & Wide Bodied Conformations.” Color choices are grey so we can look like a walrus or navy for the look of a blue whale.
But before I purchase a new blanket, I need to measure Mr. Wide Body to attempt to get an accurate measurement. Pulled out my measuring tape only to find that Ike has also far exceeded the measuring capability of my tape. Super.
So, to date, my dearest boy has outgrown our last horse trailer, two bridles, a girth, a multitude of bits, his 82 inch blankets, his 84 inch blankets, and now his 86 inch blankets. Heaven help us if he outgrows his stall. I will be footing the bill for a new wing of the barn…
Stay warm everyone! Ike will do his best until the new blanket arrives.