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post #11 of 17 Old 01-16-2011, 11:19 AM
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At our barn most horses wear a rain sheet either light or medium. Blanketing is not done for warmth, but to keep them dry and from getting dirty. It is up to horse owners to provide blanket and if they want it off or on at certain times it is up to them. BO/workers (including myself) check for loose straps at feedings and cleanings. Most of the horses are in run-in shelters with small paddocks so they all have access to the elements. The weather can be 50 and raining (this weekend) or 30 and snowing (last weekend). Horses all have fluffy winter coats right now. If someone notices a tear, the policy is that the blanket comes off.

It's sort of a family there and everyone looks out for each other. A couple of the younger boarders have been given blankets for their horse because they couldn't afford to buy one, and if someone has a hard time coming out for whatever reason, it's not uncommon for another boarder to take their horse out once a week and give them a good brushing, or fix the blanket. It's what makes this barn so nice.

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-16-2011, 12:14 PM
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Where I board it is entirely the horse owner's responsibility. But they check for loose straps etc. when feeding. It is a hassle, especially in spring and fall when temperatures fluctuate so much. I have had to get out of bed and go to the barn some nights to put blankets on when a freezing rain came in after a 70 degree day. and I have horses why....?
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-16-2011, 12:27 PM
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at my barn they do nothing with the blankets. they dont know how to put them on even. if you want your horse to have a blanket you do it yourself. they will bring in blankets that have come off in the pasture if they find them though.

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post #14 of 17 Old 01-16-2011, 12:37 PM
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blanketing is included for all horses. full board and pasture.

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post #15 of 17 Old 01-16-2011, 12:54 PM
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At my barn it is the owner's responsibility to blanket/unblanket. That being said, it is nearly impossible for me to get out there everyday. I put Dancer's blanket on the first time but my BO will take it off and put it back on as she deems necessary. I'm totally fine with this. Also, from what I've been reading (I'm a new horse owner) Dancer will not freeze his butt off if he does not get blanketed, its just a luxury he has. Usually for our area the lowest we get down to is the maybe the teens. However, this has been a cold winter for us so far and a couple of times we've had horrific winter weather for this area.
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-16-2011, 01:10 PM
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my stables offers blanketing services for 1 blanket only - any extra blankets are 1 $ each day it is in use.
so, in the summer, if you want the workers to put a rain sheet one in rainy weather, and a fly sheet on when it's nice, one of those blankets will cost you each time it is in use. Also, extras cost a dollar a day, if you want your horse to have a shoulder guard under the blanket, its an extra dollar.
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-16-2011, 01:58 PM
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we have it included our barn is amazing
we have no rules
my barn is amazing i love it every day they get the horses blankets on at night cause it is chilly in the barn in the morning they turn them out , they bring in any horses that need to be for lunch then they bring some in for like other reasons and stuff then they bring them in at night , all included plus the customize alot of stuff they have lots of stuff they do for the feed like electroylights at least like 20 different types
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