Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
You've been given good advice. Our horses are on 24/7 turnout without a shelter, and they do really well, for the most part. We DO have 2 horses that get cold (shivering) in the wind or rain, so if the temperature is below 55 or so and it is to be windy or rainy, they are blanketed. I also blanket ANY horse that I plan to ride, if the weather is to be wet, the day before I ride them so that they will not be wet and miserable when I tack up. I've seen lots of thoroughbreds on 24/7 turnout that have nice thick coats, and are perfectly happy, this doesn't mean yours will grow an optimal coat, but it does mean that its possible!
I have one other question for you. What does your horse normally get fed? If he gets grain at all, how do they feed the pasture kept horses, are they all together, or separated at feeding time? If your horse needs grain, or other important supplements and the horses are all fed together, there is a high likelihood that your horse will not get everything that is fed to him, and this should be a consideration. Also, a horse on 24/7 turnout generally needs more feed to maintain body temperature.