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    12-21-2010, 01:19 PM
  #11
Yearling
I don't blanket. She's quite the hairy Clydesdale! LOL

I don't blanket my Shetlands, either. They're imported from the UK... very find blood lines and build to endure the worst climates. I'm just in California. Lol
     
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    12-21-2010, 01:42 PM
  #12
Foal
I live in Wisconsin where just last week it got down to -22* that's Minus 22 degrees...... that's cold. I have 2 Peruvians and one Dwarf. I do not blanket them. I feed out a lot of extra hay which turns into heat when they eat it. They are healthy and never get colds or even the sniffles. They each have their own stalls with deep bedding and 24 hour access to their paddocks. They seem to stay comfortable and warm all on their own. I noticed that the few times I did blanket them , their coats layed down flat and it took almost a whole day for it to stand up again. The coat needs to be able to stand up so that it can absorb the air and keep it heated, thereby creating insulating warm air all around there bodies. God made them this way and I noticed His way works just great! You live in California and at 40 degress with a blanket on and their own wooly coat, I would think that they would be less comfortable with a blanket. Over dressed if you will.
     
    12-21-2010, 04:22 PM
  #13
Yearling
I've always been told that once you blanket a horse, you always need to blanket them. What are all of your thoughts on this? Do you know this to be true?
     
    12-21-2010, 04:48 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BackInTheSaddleAgain    
I've always been told that once you blanket a horse, you always need to blanket them.
I've always been told/heard/read that too. However I'd never blanket a horse unless he's clipper or has medical issues. Right now it's 20F and my horse is as happy as can be.
     
    12-21-2010, 04:50 PM
  #15
Foal
I'm thinking that's just an old wives tale... I have known of horses that came from Florida to here and in Florida their owners had blanketed them. And the new owners here allowed them to go "Natural".... They acclimated very well and grew a nice thick coat. Nature has her ways of adjusting to any given situation. Of course these horses arrived in the spring of the year and had 9 months to adjust. I would never bring a warm climate horse here in say, October and expect it to adjust. For something like that I would indeed use a blanket for that first winter.
     
    12-21-2010, 05:11 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Deej    
I'm thinking that's just an old wives tale... I have known of horses that came from Florida to here and in Florida their owners had blanketed them. And the new owners here allowed them to go "Natural".... They acclimated very well and grew a nice thick coat. Nature has her ways of adjusting to any given situation. Of course these horses arrived in the spring of the year and had 9 months to adjust. I would never bring a warm climate horse here in say, October and expect it to adjust. For something like that I would indeed use a blanket for that first winter.
I think BackInTheSaddle meant (or at least I did) that when you put a blanket on a horse that already has a winter coat he won't be warm after you take it off anymore because his body will "readjust" to the sudden warmth. Like some people think that when it is be below for example 20F for a few days they should put a blanket on the horse for those few days but actually they'll do more harm to him by doing that because once they take the blanket off when it's 30F it'll be a shock for the horse. I think that was meant by "once you put a blanket on a horse you have to keep on blanketing him" or at least that's what I've been told throughout my life (in this meaning). Of course you can get a horse that's used to living in wamth climate or was always blanketed and he'll do just fine in subzero temperatures if you give him enough time to adjust. You obviously can't bring a horse from 50F to 10F and expect the nature to take care of his wellbeing but if the body has enough time to adapt there shouldn't be any problem with horses that have been blanketed all their lives and now suddenly they aren't.
     
    12-21-2010, 05:22 PM
  #17
Showing
My draft won't get blanketed unless it's well below zero, she's accustomed to the cold and gets a ncie thick coat in winter
     
    12-21-2010, 05:30 PM
  #18
Foal
Ahh!I see Mumiinek! And agree.... ;)
     
    12-30-2010, 11:55 AM
  #19
Showing
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Originally Posted by coffeemama    
I have a norwegian fjord pony who is getting her winter coat in. I live in southern california. It has been windy and 40 degrees at night. She has not been trimmed so she is getting wooly. She stays in an outdoor pipe corral. When should I blanket her? At what temperature with her winter coat almost in should I blanket her and what thickness blanket? I have a medium weight blanket.
Have you looked into whether or not she can do without a blanket? Most horses are pretty hardy, so I would try to see if your mare can adjust to the temperature change, especially being a pony. They are pretty hardy breeds. The only time I would really consider blanketing, is if you see she doesn't build a sufficient coat and it looks like she is not wintering well. Blanketing can be hard on both of you, because you always have to be on top of putting it on and removing it, and she'll do way better if she doesn't rely on a blanket.

The other things to look into to is whether or not you are planning on riding her this winter? Do you normally clip her?
     
    12-30-2010, 02:51 PM
  #20
Yearling
Well, in southern California I would guess that it is usually fairly warm, then you have a few really cold days. On those days, I would blanket ANY horse in ANY condition because if you let the horse grow in a think winter coat, they will be miserable when it warms back up again.

That is the way it is in Florida. Those of you in really cold areas can go without blanketing because the temperature doesn't change so rapidly. If we in the south let our horses grow winter coats, they are miserable for many days! The thick coats do not leave as easily as they come! Today it is about 55 & sunny, but just 5 days ago the high was 27 degrees. A horse cannot adapt that quickly to the changes. It could be 65 in two days, then the next week, 18 degrees! So that is why the horses in the south get a lot of use out of their blankets...the "natural" way is not always the best way...

My horses wear something nearly every day, year round. Most of the year it is a fly sheet to protect them from the sun. Many people just change to turning the horses out at night & keeping them in during the day, but then the barn can get hot so you need to run fans all the time. By February it will be in the 60's most days, but we can still have a hard freeze in April.
     

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