11-16-2010, 03:14 AM
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The people I know at my barn who blanket, do it because they either have an old horse who needs a bit of extra warmth, or they show, and so either shaved their horse or didn't want them to grow much of a coat in the first place. I live in So Cal too, and I have a 5 year old Arabian mare. I honestly worried about blanketing her, but she's been fine even without a really thick winter coat. I don't mind her being a little wooly since I'm not doing a whole bunch with her right now. Most people have already started to blanket, the rule of thumb being if its below 50 if its above, then they don't blanket.