I agree that it's mostly a mental thing with us people. Last winter every time it snowed or was super cold I couldn't stop my self thinking he'd be out there int he cold. My mother (who isn't a horse person) actually called me cruel for not putting a rug on him. I did so much reading on this last year and decided not to blanket but with wanting to ride more this year the option to blanket came up again. I think i'll stick with leaving it off.
I guess i'll be spending more time cooling him out, I do have a cooler that comes in handy and that tip about the shamwow under the saddle pad, thanks for that it'll help loads.
That is him in the pic, and yeah I worried about him overheating because he's a dark horse if I did blanket.
Countmystrides, theres some owners at my barn who do the same thing. It was down to 48 last weekend overnight and their horses were blanketed. Phoenix is a mustang too, i'm sure they're hardy enough to take a little cold.
What do you guys who don't blanket do when your horses get wet? Do you dry them off so their hair can stand up again or do you leave them to dry off on their own? I had this issue last year when it rained/ice-rained or showed heavily; I tried to dry him out if he was inside but if he was out I couldn't really do a lot.