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post #1 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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blanket question

I haven't blanketed my horse for two years and he gets a really nice winter coat in; the thing is i want to ride more this winter and work him more. He got really fat last winter because i couldn't work him so much and when i did he got really sweaty and took forever to cool out.

So my question is would i be okay just putting on a light weight turnout blanket on? I want his hair to be able to stand up and do it's job but i also want to keep him fairly dry if i can for when i do come out and ride. So would a light weight be good or would i be better going with a medium weight?

It's stupid but i go through this nonsense every year, to blanket or not to blanket.
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post #2 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 08:54 PM
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It's really either no blanket, or blanket. A light weight would probably confuse his coat growth. I'm debating on blanket or no blanket this winter as well.

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post #3 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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I think it's something everyone considers as the weather turns, so far 4 people at my barn have asked if i'm blanketing and if they should.. like i even know!

So you're saying a lightweight would be no good. I guess if i decide to blanket i'll go with a medium weight then.
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post #4 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 09:04 PM
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where do you live? Climate? what ever you use make sure it is waterproof. If a horse is outside I am not a fan of blanketing.
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post #5 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 09:41 PM
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I've read that a light sheet will not allow what hair is there to stand up and allow the horse to keep himself warm, so I do not blanket at all until it's under 20 degrees. My guy is outside 24/7, so I want him the fuzzier the better. I figure worse case scenario, he sweats too much around the girth area and I have to trace clip in the winter. I'd rather he grow it and I clip it than he not grow it in the first place.

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I'm in Ohio and last winter it was pretty cold, it's supposed to be equally as cold this year.

He's not out 24/7, he'll be going to just day turnout as soon as the weather turns colder. not my choice but the barns.

Okay, so a light blanket won't allow the hair to stand up? light blanket is out of the question then. I bought a medium weight last year (because it was on sale), i figured it would be handy to have around in case he got sick or something.

He gets pretty fuzzy and i guess i could clip if he's getting really sweaty. The barn i used to be at my horse was the only one there without a blanket on. Some horses even had more than one on at once which i thought was taking it a bit too far.
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post #7 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 10:18 PM
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I never blanket in the winter. So long as you take some time to hand walk him to cool him out and then groom away the sweat marks, he should be fine.

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post #8 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 10:21 PM
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I just took the big "mental" step and decided my horses do not need rugs .
It's so hard to get past the fact your leaving them outside at night with nothing to keep them warm lol ( I know thats what their coat is for) but when you have been told one thing for many years and its then been proven wrong its hard to change your mind set .

Phoenix With your horse it might just be a case of spending a bit more time drying him off.
Maybe try putting a big Shamwow under your saddle cloth lol

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post #9 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 10:23 PM
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If you think about winter blankets, when you take the blanket off in the dead of winter, the coat underneath is flat, but the neck hair still grows long and bushy. Better to have a horse a little cold than too hot. If that's your horse in your avatar, he's going to stay warmer than most if the sun is hitting him since he's dark. Once you do start blanketing, just be careful to check underneath that he's not too hot. There's no hard and fast rule to it. Just use your best judgement and remember that blanketing tends to make humans feel better than it does horses. Mine would rather run around and roll in the snow with nothing on.

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post #10 of 45 Old 10-12-2010, 10:32 PM
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I've never ever ever not blanketed for the winter. Once it hits 50 degrees, they're blanketed.. it's stupid. i have a mustang he's probably like wtf is this? i don't need this? haha. This is the first winter i'm not using one and i feel like such a bad mom! lol

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