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        10-12-2010, 10:19 PM
    Oh, yeah. I did forget about that tiny. Access to forage for the majority of the time will also help to keep him warm. That is likely why mine stay so warm even in bitter cold is because they have 24/7 access to a round-bale.
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        10-12-2010, 10:21 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by phoenix    
    Hi fellow ohio person. I heard that we were going to be cold with very little precipitation; but who really knows. I think i'd rather have a little warmer and a bit snow if i'm honest.

    My horse sounds like he's on a similar schedule to yours. It's a sort of retirement barn so no trainers. The barn owner hates blankets but the barn manager is blanketing her horses. Conflicting points of view.

    You're probably right about it depending on the horse and he did fine last year with no blanket. We had people here blanket during that brief cold snap but the horse is 32 so I can understand her worries.

    See I wish phoenix had shelter so he could stay dry if he wanted, but the field he's in has no shelter. Maybe I can get them to switch him to the field with the run in.
    Where my horse came from she was outside 24/7 with a run in and never blanketed and she was fine. The only reason I did it was because she was a bushy beast if I didn't! ;) Once I had to spend TWO HOURS with a hair dryer to get her dry!!! So after that winter, I blanketed and she grew in a medium fuzz coat which dried a whole lot quicker with just the use of a quarter sheet on the cool down and a cooler after she was untacked. MUCH easier :) And since we train all winter long indoors, it's what works for us.

    But yeah as long as your horse has shelter and was fine last year without blankets, I'm sure he'll be fine this year.
        10-12-2010, 10:22 PM
    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.
        10-12-2010, 10:26 PM
    Green Broke
    Sandie when I first got her...she had some FAT keepin her warm too ;)

    Sandie this past winter (my second winter with her) when she was blanketed :)
        10-12-2010, 10:29 PM
    Hoofprints in the Sand, thanks for the article. Very useful.

    When I first got him he spent most of his time outside and I blanketed him, mostly because I didn't know any different. Then the first year I didn't blanket he hardly grew a coat at all and he worried me. Then the year after it came in thicker; this year he's already getting fuzzy and now sweating because it's up in the 70s again.

    If I could tell him to just grow a medium thickness coat to make it easier to dry him off that'd be great. I bet this year he'll turn into a fluffy teddy bear.
        10-12-2010, 10:34 PM
    Green Broke
    Haha that would be nice wouldn't it?? I know, mine is getting fuzzy already and now sweating her butt off when we work!
        10-12-2010, 10:42 PM
    First winter I had him when he was an okay weight and worked all the time on trail.

    Last winter, he had so much fat to keep him warm I actually hoped keeping his blanket off my lose him some weight. He gets fat looking at grass never mind eating anything. Stupid easy keeper.
        10-12-2010, 10:45 PM
    Green Broke
    LOL yep mine is an easy keeper too...well, until we found she was allergic to molasses and soy beans and had to give her just barley with a vitamin and fat between that switch and all the training she does she's actually a little on the ribby side and I'm trying to get her to pack on just a few more lbs! :)
        10-12-2010, 10:45 PM
    Oh, sandie's a very pretty horse!

    She can have some of Phoenix's fat if she needs it. He's got plenty to go around. For some reason he's stopped losing weight even though he's being worked.
        10-12-2010, 10:46 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks! :) So is your guy, is he a true black or a really dark in the winter bay? Either way he's gorgeous!!

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