Originally Posted by gogaited
I think you are obsessed with blanketing. Let him stay outside and grow hair and be a horse. As long as he has a decent shelter, plenty of hay and a water source that doesn't freeze, he will be fine.
Your comment is OK but you have to consider what people do with horses on a day to day basis and not all breeds will grow thick long coats no matter how hard you try to persuade them - its all in genetics and how far removed they are from what you call 'natural' in terms of selective breeding over generations.
A lot of people - me for one - don't have heated outdoor water tanks or shelters.
You have to also think if your horse is living the 'natural life because it suits you or if it really is what he wants
Its 5.30 here and my horses are already lined up waiting to come into the barn - they will argue with each other as to who gets in first
My friend in the UK doesnt blanket her ponies as they are native breeds but she beds down their stables and leaves the doors open and that's where they choose to spend the night as the hay she puts in the field is always untouched in the morning
I don't believe in telling other people if they should blanket or not, stable or not, I will say what I do with mine but otherwise - not my horses, not my business