10-18-2010, 04:43 PM
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I've blanketed Starlite for the past two years - the first year I pretty much had to, we were in a bad boarding situation (I know that's a shocker) and she wasn't being fed (we obviously started feeding her ourselves), had no shelter and they had a really weird thing with bringing horses in - they'd bring them in for like a week at a time even if it was nice out and leave them out if it was nasty, it was odd but that's how I started blanketed. Last year we blanketed Starlite because we had the blanket and all the horses at the barn are blanketed so figured why not. Dream has SUCH a heavy winter coat we wanted to avoid that. A year later, now, not sure about Dream but I'm pretty sure my mom isn't blanketing her...but Starlite will NOT be blanketed. It's so nice to not have to worry about getting up to the barn if it's nice to get it off then back on at night, etc.
If you have your horses home and they have a run in and you can give them all the hay they can eat, I see no reason to blanket. If you are boarding, I guess there are two ways to look at it - 1. You don't have to worry if your horse can't get in the shelter, you know they will be warm, etc. and 2. If it rains ALOT and they can't get in the shelter, will they get wet under the blanket after so much rainfall? What if it gets warm and they start sweating, will anyone take their blanket off?
I find myself much more comfortable boarding and not blanketing my horse, it's less worry and I have enough worries boarding that subtracting one is really nice.
I have a question, I hope the OP doesn't mind - I don't want to hi-jack the thread but I'm wondering if you blanket a baby, will it mess with their winter coat in following winters or will they adapt as they normally would regardless of previous years blanketed?