SnowRidge Heavyweight Waterproof Turnout Blanket

SnowRidge Heavyweight Waterproof Turnout Blanket

Winter weather is upon us. If you are like me you want you horse to stay warm and dry! This turnout blanket is perfect for the cold weather!

Let’s start with the basic outercovering on turnout blankets…

There are different outercovers that you can get in a turnout blanket. While researching you’ll start to notice the word Denier popping up. Denier is the measurement yarn. 1 denier = a single strand of silk (1 denier = 1 gram per 9000 meters). The material is tougher as the denier gets higher!

The SnowRidge Heavyweight Turnout Blanket is made of a 1200 Denier nylon outercover. Heavyweight 300 grams high grade polyfill insulation. It has a 210D nylon lining which will help keep your horses hair smooth and shiny!

Lots of features:

  • Fleece wither protection
  • Shoulder gussets
  • 2 buckle open front
  • Bias surcingles
  • Adjustable/detachable elastic leg straps
  • Tail flap


The SnowRidge has reinforced stitching and no back seam so the water stays out!

Two color options – Black or Blue. Sizes 60″, 64″, 68″- 86″

Watch the SnowRidge in action here!

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Country Pride Nordic Waterproof Turnout Blankets

Nordic Waterproof Turnout Horse Blankets
Nordic Turnout Blanket

It’s a beautiful 70º day in Northeast Ohio but there are snow flurries in our 7 day forecast! How am I going to keep my horse toasty this winter, you ask? Well … you’re in luck! Big Dee’s has a great line of horse blanket from Country Pride that can keep every horse warm no matter the temperature or what crazy winter conditions Mother Nature throws at us this year!

Let’s start with the basic outercovering on turnout blankets ..

There are different outercovers that you can get in a turnout blanket. While researching you’ll start to notice the word Denier popping up. Denier is the measurement yarn. 1 denier = a single strand of silk (1 denier = 1 gram per 9000 meters). The most economical turnout is a 600 Denier outercover.


The Country Pride Nordic Heavyweight Blanket is made of 600 denier outercover. Choice of heavyweight insulation (300 grams of highloft polyfill) or a rainsheet. It has a 210D nylon lining which will help keep your horses hair smooth and shiny!

Lots of features on the Nordic
  • Fleece wither protection
  • Shoulder gussets
  • 2 buckle open front with velcro assist
  • Bias surcingles
  • Adjustable/detachable elastic leg straps
  • Tail flap

The Nordic has reinforced stitching and no back seam so the water stays out!

Two color options – Black or Burgundy/Black plaid. Sizes 68″ – 86″

Watch the blanket in action here  

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Big Dee’s at Quarter Horse Congress 2014!


Press Release


August 25, 2014

In an effort to better serve all of our customers with top notch customer service and speedy delivery, Big Dee’s Tack &Vet Supplies will have a smaller booth at the All American Quarter Horse Congress this year.  Big Dee’s will be located at booth number 1050 in the Annex. The Trade show is open October 7th  – October 26th from 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. We are very excited to offer customers that come to our booth FREE SHIPPING to the continental United States on orders placed at the show.  FREE SHIPPING will also be available to orders that are shipped to our Congress Booth. We will still offer a great selection of wormers, top selling supplements, stable supplies and a selection of our best selling Country Pride blankets.


We know that many of you enjoy shopping with us at the Congress and invite you to shop our website, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Pinterest  and sign up for our emails where you will be privy to great specials throughout the year!


The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the World’s Largest Single-Breed Horse Show. The show received more than 20,000 horse show entries in 2013. For more information on the Congress visit


Thank you for your continued patronage. We appreciate your business!


Big Dee’s September Store Event!



Big Dee’s September Store Event!

Friday September 12th : 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday September 13th : 9:30 am – 5:00 pm


Big Dee’s is hosting a fantastic weekend of sales, closeouts and seminars! Some great vendors will be on hand Saturday as well.




5:00 pm : Dog Nutrition with Natural Balance —-

 At Natural Balance the health and safety of pets is their first priority. Their products are made from the finest ingredients, but they are extensively tested. Here at Big Dee’s we carry their products and are proud to have RJ from Natural Balance coming in to give a seminar on Dog Nutrition! Dog lovers come check this out for great tips on caring for your canine!

6:00 pm : Wintec English Saddle Fitting by Weatherbeeta



9:30 am – 11:30 am  : Meet Betty Weibel!

Author of The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First will be here signing books! Come meet Betty Weibel and learn all about our great Ohio, the birthplace of the first show jumping grand prix in the Western Hemisphere! Longtime fans can relive the exciting victories of some of the finest equines and riders in history, while newcomers can experience the Cleveland Grand Prix’s glory years. Saddle up with Betty Weibel as she explains how our lovely Chagrin Valley grew into a world-class equine sport hub.

10:00 am : Western saddle fitting by Circle Y!


Circle Y is a company built on reputation on the innovation and fine craftsmanship of its products. Circle Y Saddles is a proud sponsor to some of the biggest names in the western world including: Julie Goodnight, Martha Josey ,Kelly Kaminski, and Kenda Lenseigne. It is also the official saddle of the WPRA Finals and PacWest Barrel Racing!

11:30 am : Equine Chiropractor – Dr. Rob Maro

12:30 pm : Fall & Winter Blanketing by Big Dee’s


2:00 pm : Equine Nutrition for the winter season by Progressive Feeds

Their philosophy is simple : Never stop getting better. Because in order to deliver the most advanced feeding solutions, we need to keep innovating, researching and leading the way. The entire Progressive Nutrition team is dedicated to improving and maintaining the overall health and condition of any horse.






Vaccine Guidelines

Thank you Dr. Corey Paradine for the following information:Vaccine Guidelines

These guidelines are based on the American Association of Equine Practitioners vaccine recommendations for core vaccines (aka vaccines pretty much everyone should have).  Vaccine guidelines are different for foals/weanlings and pregnant mares – these are for adult (greater than one year) non-breeding animals. Vaccines for other diseases certainly exist and may or may not be recommended depending on the individual and the location/intended location of the horse. As always, if you have any questions regarding your horse(s), contact your vet.



Tetanus is caused by the toxin of the bacteria Clostridium tetani. The bacteria lives in the environment and most animals contract it via wounds.  The toxin causes severe persistent body-wide muscle contractions.  Most horses that develop tetanus are euthanized for humane reasons, though the disease itself may be fatal.  Horses should be vaccinated annually. Horses that sustain a wound or undergo surgery 6 or more months after their previous tetanus booster should be re-vaccinated with tetanus toxoid immediately at the time of injury or surgery.

Note: The severity of the wound does not predict the risk for development of tetanus. Superficial wounds have resulted in clinical tetanus in horses.


EEE/WEE are mosquito-transmitted viral based neurological diseases that are generally very severe and have a high fatality rate.  Annual re-vaccination should be completed prior to mosquito season in the spring. In areas where mosquitoes are active year-round, many veterinarians elect to vaccinate horses at 6-month intervals to ensure uniform protection throughout the year, although this practice is not specifically recommended by manufacturers of vaccines.

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus causes a neurological disease of varying severity. Like EEE/WEE West Nile is transmitted by mosquitoes.  Horses should be vaccinated annually in the spring, prior to the onset of the mosquito season.

Booster vaccinations are warranted according to local disease or exposure risk.


Rabies is a rare cause of a neurological disease in horses.  While the incidence of rabies in horses is low, the disease is invariably fatal and has considerable public health significance.  By the time a horse is diagnosed with Rabies often numerous people have been exposed.  It is recommended that rabies vaccine be a core vaccine for all horses and should be given yearly.

EHV (Herpes virus)

With the exception of pregnant mares, it is recommended that the following horses be re-vaccinated at 6-month intervals:

• Less than 5 years of age.

• Horses on breeding farms or in contact with pregnant mares.

• Horses housed at facilities with frequent equine movement on and off the premises, thus resulting in an increased risk of exposure.

• Performance or show horses in high-risk areas, such as racetracks. More frequent vaccination may be required as a criterion for entry to certain facilities.

Flu (Influenza)

This virus is sporadically introduced by an infected horse. All horses should be vaccinated against equine influenza unless they live in a closed and isolated facility.

Mature performance, show, or pleasure horses constantly at risk of exposure should be re-vaccinated at 6-month intervals. Other adult horses can be vaccinated as infrequently as once a year.


Hoof Health: A Case of “Seedy Toe Woes!”

Beating the “Seedy Toe Woes” can be a challenge, but it can be done, especially if it is caught early!What is seedy toe?In layman’s terms, it is a species of fungi or bacteria, or even a combination of both, that forages on and destroys the keratin of a horse’s inner hoof wall.So why is treating seedy toe important?Well for starters, seedy toe can cause vertical cracks that travel upwards in the hoof wall. If left untreated, those cracks could spread to the coronary band, resulting in permanent damage. Seedy Toe can also abscess, cause acute lameness, and in severe cases, cause infection that could spread into the bone.

A tale of my “Seedy Toe Woes:”

Last week my farrier sent me a text message that said, “someone has not been painting their horse’s feet! That’s a little bit of seedy toe!” along with the above picture.

Now, normally, my friends would tell you I am a pretty conscientious horse owner. My horse has been through a lot the last few years so I’m usually right on top of his health and well being. But I had been slacking the last couple of weeks and I knew it, too. Naturally, I felt a ashamed, because he was right! I had not painted my horses feet in nearly two weeks! Luckily, my farrier reassured me that the little area was the very beginning of Seedy Toe and I could easily get it under control and healed quickly. Each day after I pick my horse’s hooves, I apply the special paint that my farrier told me about (see recipe below) and now the Seedy Toe is almost gone. Once it is gone, I will resume using the paint 3 times a week, like I had previously been doing before I became a slacker! LOL!





The hoof in the photo on the left is of a horse that went untreated for a bit too long. Thank you to Dustin Whidden of Bar W Farrier Services for use of this photo and the banner photo. Dustin had to cut a significant chuck of hoof away to free the horse from the disease section of hoof wall.

If you want to try out the hoof paint recipe that my farrier, Dusty Whidden, told me about, here is his Hoof Paint recipe:

1 empty hoof oil can

1 bottle Birdsall’s Farrier Barrier

1 can Enticer

In the hoof oil can, pour Farrier Barrier until can is 3/4 filled, then fill the last quarter with Enticer. Put cap back on and shake well. This can will last about 30 days if painting your horse’s hooves daily.

Prior to switching farriers, my horse had chronic thrush and white line issues. The scary part is I knew about the thrush, but had no idea about the white line disease until my new farrier said something! Anyways, I was constantly trying different products trying to get the thrush under control and I spent a small fortune on different products. Nothing ever got rid of it completely. Until I started using this paint. I admittedly was skeptical at first, but this paint mixture is truly awesome stuff! Even though we had a slight hiccup with seedy toe (completely and admittedly my fault for being a slacker), this is the first issue we’ve had in nearly a year since I started using this paint!

Additionally, if you would like to learn more about fighting other hoof diseases here is a link to a great article on the Save-A-Hoof products

BTW, if you are going to Equine Affaire in Ohio this April, be sure to stop by and see us in the Bricker Building and be sure to enter for your chance to win our raffle basket, which includes a few Save-A-Hoof Products!

Disclaimer: Every horse is different and products will effect them differently. Be sure to always check with your vet or farrier before using new products.


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Cold Weather Considerations For Your Horse



We are very pleased to bring to our readers a blog series from Dr. Corey Paradine, a local veterinarian here in northeast Ohio. If there is a specific topic you would like her to discuss, you can email it to me,, and I will pass your ideas along to Dr. Corey OR you can place it in the comment section of this blog.”Polar Vortex,” that is what our local Meteorologist have been calling our recent run of extreme cold weather here in northeast Ohio. With daytime highs in the single or negative digits, not including wind chill factors, we need to remember our horses comfort levels.

Dr. Corey has put together the following blog as a friendly reminder of some of the important things horse owners should consider in these frigid temperatures.

Cold Weather Considerations:

Cold weather has set in and there are some important things to keep in mind in regards to our equine friends.

1) Monitor water intake. Cold temperatures can lead to frozen water buckets and water troughs. Many horses don’t drink as well when it’s cold, which puts them at a higher risk for dehydration, and as consequence impaction colic. It’s important to make sure there is continual access to water.

2) Remove blankets on a regular basis to check for sores, rubs, and weight loss/weight gain.

3) Pay particular attention to your horses’ skin/legs, as long hair can cover wounds/injuries.

4) Make sure your horse has access to shelter (both from precipitation and from wind).  A long hair coat can be enough to keep a horse warm in cold temperatures but wind will inhibit the effectiveness of a thick coat, as will heavy precipitation.  Snow will generally not affect a horses’ ability to stay warm if they have a thick winter coat.

5) In extreme cold, an increase in forage (hay) is often necessary to help horses maintain adequate body temperature.

6) If your horse has shoes, check often for snow build up within the shoes or consider asking your farrier to put snow pads in.  These pads help push snow out of the foot so it does not build up and create an uneven surface for the horse.  The uneven snow buildup that occurs in shod horses (not a concern for barefoot horses) can make them unbalanced and put them at risk for injury.

7) Just as with people exercising in cold weather, your horse needs a longer warm-up and cool down than in warmer weather.  The actual time varies depending on temperature, wind chill, location (inside vs outside), hair coat, fitness, expected level of activity (for warm up), and actual amount of work (for cool down), but the colder it is the more time you’ll need for warm up and cool down.

As with anything, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your horse, please contact your veterinarian.



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We’re Moving & The Paddock Saddlery Is Coming With Us!



BIG things have been happening at Big Dee’s this year. After roughly 16 years, a new addition and couple remodels, we have simply run out of room at our current location. Many already know, but those that don’t, Big Dee’s is moving! WooHoo! I had the pleasure of touring the new building last week and I have to say “impressive” just doesn’t do it justice.

NewShowroomOur new showroom is going to be huge. By huge, I mean 15,780 sqft HUGE! To put that into perspective that other horse-crazy people like myself can relate too, we could set up a 10 stall barn (12′ x 14′ stalls) with tack room and 12 foot center aisle, plus an attached Olympic-sized dressage arena and still have space left over! For those that do not measure spaces by how many horses one can fit, here is another more traditional perspective,  our new showroom is almost double the size of our existing showroom. All the extra space will allow us to expand our current equine offerings, plus we have plans to increase our dog & pet supplies! There have even been talks about bringing in horse feed and dog/cat foods!

newwarehouseAdditionally, our warehouse is going from roughly 39,000 sqft to nearly 60,000 sqft! Yes, I think I can confidently say, our company is experiencing a fantastic growth period!

Speaking of expanding our lines, another huge development at Big Dee’s is our latest acquisition, The Paddock Saddlery! On a personal note, this is really exciting for me because The Paddock Saddlery is where I got my start in equine retail! In 2011, after 25 years of building a reputation as being the tack shop to go to for fine English tack and apparel, The Paddock Saddlery’s owners wanted to retire from traditional retail so they closed the full service English retail shop and opened a small Chagrin Falls shop that focused on specialty and custom services including saddle fitting and custom boots.

At that time the owner, Lisa Gorretta, also opened a consulting firm to serve private clients and Equine businesses.  With a busy schedule working with USDF and USEF and a demand from Paddock Saddlery customers to once again expand her retail services,  Lisa started considering that it might be easier to operate out of another tack shop rather than keep a store front herself.

Meanwhile, back at Big Dee’s, after polling over 500 people in a recent store survey, one common point was made apparent to us, our Dressage and Sport Horse customers wanted a better selection.

Talk about a win-win solution!

lisaGWe are very excited to expand our Dressage and Sport Horse offerings! Lisa will help us select products and equipment that Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, and Eventers need and want. PLUS, she be offering her knowledge and expertise to our customers too!Some new services that stem from this acquisition include saddle-fitting custom and  semi-custom boots by Cavallo, Dehner, Konig, and Vogel. Most saddle-fitting professionals work for a specific manufacturers and only focus on fitting that manufacturer’s saddles, whereas, Lisa’s extensive experience in saddle-fitting encompasses many different brands of english saddles. What does this mean for our customers? It means Lisa will be able to help you find whatever brand best fits you and your horse! It also means, Happy horse – happy rider! Now that is something to smile happily about!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! I know, hard to believe, but it is true! 🙂

Does this sound familiar? Have you ever been “stuck” in a rut with your horse’s progression and your trainer or a friend suggest that perhaps your horse needs a different bit? Often times, an expensive bit too, BUT you decide to “risk” it because the current bit definitely is not working. You find the bit at a local tack shop or online, buy it and after a ride (or two or three), you find that your horse is definitely not happy with the change! You can’t take the bit back because your horse has already had it in their mouth, so now you’re stuck with a bit you can’t use and you’re out some money.

Well I can tell you based on the box of bits I’ve collected over the years, it has happened to me far too many times. Well, we are about to take the “risk” out of bit purchasing! Lisa has a pretty thorough knowledge of legal and illegal bits in USEF and FEI level competitions, so she will help us establish a “Test Bit Center” with Herm Sprenger  and Myler Bits. For those unfamiliar with “Test Bit Centers,” what this means is Big Dee’s will offer customers a “trial period” to see if the bit works for your horse. This way customers can be confident in their future bit purchases! The program is nothing short of “Awesome!”

Between our move and our newest acquisition, we’ve been super busy and very excited about the new services we will be able to offer! We hope our customers will help give Lisa a warm “Welcome” to Big Dee’s in January 2014. Stay tuned for the Grand opening of our new building to be announced soon! For your future reference, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies new address will be 9440 ST RT 14, Streetsboro, Ohio 44241.

And remember, Big Dee’s will be moving to the new building sometime in late February following a HUGE Moving Sale on January 30 thru February 1, 2014! We hope to see you at the sale!




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The Perfect Fit – How to Measure for a Horse Blanket

As I sit here looking out one of the windows in the office, and I see the first snow of the year falling, I’ve come to the realization that it is that time of year again, and I haven’t replaced my horses winter blankets yet! Which got me thinking, maybe I should post a reminder on how to measure your horse for the perfect fit.With literally hundreds of different brands and types of horse blankets out there, finding the perfect fit for your horse can be overwhelming. However, if you find your horse’s size before starting to shop, you are already ahead in the game. Although many first-time blanket shoppers think that their horse’s blanket size is based on his/her height or weight, it is actually based on your horse’s length. Here is a quick breakdown of how to measure you horse for a blanket:


stand your horse on a hard leveled surface being sure that he or she is nice and square.


using a soft measuring tape or a long piece of string, place one end in the center of your horse’s chest.  Measure from the center of the chest, along the left side, to the middle of the tail. Be sure to cross over the point of shoulder (widest part of the shoulder), and that you keep your tape pulled tight. If you used a piece of string, once you got the length, simply compare it to tape measure to get your horse’s size.

Measuring is usually easiest with the help of a second person, however if you have to do it alone, draw the tape along your horse’s left side as far as you can, once you have reached as far as you can, mark the spot with your right thumb AND take notice of the measurement. Then restart measuring from that point to the furthest point of the rump, then simply add the two measurements together to get your horse’s size.

Most stock blankets come in even sizes, so if your horse measures an odd number, round up to the closest even size. For example, if you horse measures 73″, use a size 74 blanket.


Why is finding the correct size important?

A blanket that is too big is more likely to cause rubs than one that is too small, and can be dangerous.

Leg Straps and surcingles that are not properly adjusted (allow for a hands width) can cause rubs if too tight or you run the risk of your horse’s legs getting caught and tangled in the straps if they are too long.

If the neck of the blanket is too big, the blanket will hang off the back of the horse, which will place pressure on the chest and shoulders, which can restrict the movement of your horse and cause muscle soreness. It can also increase the possibility of rubbing and slippage and the horse may be in danger of stepping on the blanket when trying to stand after laying down or rolling.

Now comes the fun part!

Just like dressing smartly for winter riding, you want your horse to look classy and smart in their winter dubs too! Also, don’t forget your dog! We carry matching blankets for dogs and horse!

Measuring your dog is pretty easy too:


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