I have several blankets for Ahab, but only use them if it is really cold and he is wet after a ride (which is anytime he goes more than 1/2 a mile). I usually put a few towels under the blanket, and replace them when they get wet. The blanket is off just as soon as he is dry. I also used blankets (sometimes) if it is sleeting heavily, but take it off as soon as I can. Ahab pees and poops outside, so he always has a thickly bedded stall to go into. If it is raining, though, he likes to be out in it. Even when his coat covered in icicles, he is bone dry next to his skin.