So I moved my horse last week to a new barn, that's much closer to home and full care! Woot! It's actually a very old friend who I recently reconnected with families barn.
I've had my horse a year, so I know how he did last winter. He grows a nice thick winter coat, is only 7 and pretty darn healthy! He has free choice hay so that helps him keep warm too. Well the last year I've had him I did self care boarding that was about 30-50 min from home, so blanketing was hard to do and I only did it when I knew he would be fine with keeping it on all day.
Basically I would blanket if it was wet and under 30, just his light weight, or in the low teens. I'd put his med blanket on if wet in and low teens/below. This seemed to work great for him, he didn't lose any weight or ever seem unhappy/cold. I've tried telling my friend and her family that's what I like to do and they just think I'm nuts! They have a few show horses that they clip so of course they blanket but the younger girl is obsessed with blanketing and fearing they will get cold. Yes that's great to worry but I know how well he did last year so I don't see why I need to change it? How do I get it through to her that he is OK without a blanket on when its just in the mid 30s? I'm in the northern VA area so usually our winters arent that bad.
I don't want them to think I'm a terrible horse mom and making him suffer but I also don't want him to NOT have a good winter coat. I love his fuzzys haha. I dunno I'm pretty sure before I bought him he probably had never even seen a blanket because he came from a barn with like 40-60 horses that were all just kept out year round. I have keep reassuring them that he's fine not in a stall at night too LOL. Their horses are very sheltered.
The boarding situation is so much better for the both of us if I can just get them to understand that he's a tough guy and doesn't need to be babied lol!
What would you say to help them understand? Do I just keep repeating myself? I check weather app every night and if I feel its cold enough I'd ask them to throw his blanket on :(