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?