I'm riding/training my new horse 5 days a week. He is Grey and gets pretty dirty out in the pasture. Since I'm working with him almost everyday I want to spend less time grooming and more time training. I was thinking that I could blanket him 24/7 to keep him clean (and warm). If I blanket him it has to stay on all the time b/c the boarding stable will not take the blanket on/off all the time. It's starting to cold in Missouri about 35-55 degree highs during the day are normal. I need some suggestions about blanket types/ brands?? Any advice is appeciated. (He is in pature during the day and stalled at night. )
Right now I have a light weight rain sheet for the warmer days and a heavy weight blanket for the colder days, so you could always do that if your worried about it. But I think that he should be fine with just a light weight waterproof sheet on, I have the Open Range sheet from Smith Brothers and it works really good!
I have a grey as well. A sheet works for the cool days and the really cold days, he wears a thick blanket. If it's really cold, we double up the blankets, putting the sheet on top of the thicker blanket. Your horse should definitely have a blanket where you live, because it's warmer where I live and my horse has a thick coat, but he still wears his blankets.
Rain sheets work great. Use heavier ones when the weather gets cold. Just watch for rub spots if he is blanketed 24/7 and check for any sort of fungal issues (if he gets wet under the blanket and stays wet etc.)
If the blanket fits, rubbing shouldn't to much of an issue tho if you are thinking of actually keeping one on at all times you should get jammies. Also be prepared to have the extra costs of getting blankets repaired regularly.
Thanks for the suggestions. My boarding stable makes you pay extra ($10 each time) to take the blanket on and off and my horse comes in at 4:00 pm everyday. This is why I want to keep it on 24/7 I think I will start with a rain sheet. Now I have to try to find the right size. He's a big boy for a thoroughbred. 16.2 and pretty stocky. Any suggestion on brand/fittings?
To get your horse's size, use a soft measuring tape and measure from the center of the chest along the side of the barrel to the point just before the tail. This measurement will be the size for your blanket.
If he's really broad in the chest, you might wanna go up a size.