Originally Posted by tinyliny
Our horses are NEVER blanketted. Mind you, around here the winter is milder than Ohio, but can be very wet and windy which is sometimes worse. We ride as much as we can, but only trail ride in the winter and very light arena work. (too muddy!) We come back and horses are usually sweaty on neck and under saddle. I have no heat lamps or anythig to aid drying except towels and elbow grease. The get an extra handful of hay and off you go to the lower 40. They are no wetter than if it were the typical Seattle winter day of 39 degrees and raining. The get wet out all the time, regardless of whether I ride or not.
The worsth thing is to put a blanket on a horse that is not 100% dried. Then you keep that cold wet hair packed down on his body and disallow it to dry, then he is in a cramped stall and cannot walk around to warm himself or roll to aleiviate the itch.
Two years ago we had a lot of snow and subfreezing temps and the horses had snow all over them (their insulation is SO good that it doesn't even melt.) It's like a roof in a snowy day; if it has melted spots, then the insulation is poor; snow all over and insulation is just fine.
Just make sure your cute horse (and he is cute) gets plenty of hay to burn to keep warm. They need the calories.
Oh don;'t worry I wouldn't put a blanket on a wet horse. I worked at a dressage barn a few years back and we put horses out and it rained and of course all the blankets and horses got wet. The barn owner actually had a screaming fit because the horses were wet. We had to bring everyone in (30+ horses), take off blankets, put on coolers and dry all the blankets out with the heaters. She wouldn't let us re-blanket until every horse was dry and toasty. I never want to do that again. It took hours :(
Thanks. He thinks he's cute too!! He'll get extra hay off the barn manager, she feel bad for him even though he's so fat and really could do with burning off his fat.