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        11-06-2010, 10:32 AM
      #41
    Foal
    I use a blanket soley for the fact that I show around november, december, janurary, feburary. Im an odd one, but I would rather spend all day in the cold at a hunter show, than in the hot Texas heat. Anyway, most show judges don't apprecitate the cuteness factor of a fluffy pony, so I blanket my horse to keep her coat nice and sleek. I also work her hard in the winter (I jump) so a really sweaty pony (my horse sweats ALOT, more than average) is bad news. So I get to go buy a cooler, working cooler, turn out sheet, and stable sheet this weekend. Luckily we already have a mediuum weight blanket. If you are worried about your horse getting chilled in workouts, invest in a working cooler, they are inexpensive, and very handy. Also invest in a full sized cooler (fleece) it prevents your horse from getting chilled, while alowing him/her to dry. Hope I helped!!
         
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        11-06-2010, 11:11 AM
      #42
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by sweetbelle    
    I use a blanket soley for the fact that I show around november, december, janurary, feburary. Im an odd one, but I would rather spend all day in the cold at a hunter show, than in the hot Texas heat. Anyway, most show judges don't apprecitate the cuteness factor of a fluffy pony, so I blanket my horse to keep her coat nice and sleek. I also work her hard in the winter (I jump) so a really sweaty pony (my horse sweats ALOT, more than average) is bad news. So I get to go buy a cooler, working cooler, turn out sheet, and stable sheet this weekend. Luckily we already have a mediuum weight blanket. If you are worried about your horse getting chilled in workouts, invest in a working cooler, they are inexpensive, and very handy. Also invest in a full sized cooler (fleece) it prevents your horse from getting chilled, while alowing him/her to dry. Hope I helped!!
    It's unfortunate that judges don' like the furry look.. I think it should get extra points! :)

    I have a cooler which I use after he's been ridden (if he sweats which mostly he doesn't) and I use it if it's rained hard and they've been brought in for the night to get most of the moisture off him.
         
        11-10-2010, 01:40 PM
      #43
    Foal
    My 2 year old BWP filly doesn't grow a fuzzy coat for the winter and I would like to blanket her to keep her warm. The problem is she thinks the blanket is going to kill her! She is fine in her stall but hates being outside moving around in it. In fact she runs from it and thinks its chasing her. Any suggestions anyone??
         
        11-10-2010, 03:30 PM
      #44
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Horseangels    
    My 2 year old BWP filly doesn't grow a fuzzy coat for the winter and I would like to blanket her to keep her warm. The problem is she thinks the blanket is going to kill her! She is fine in her stall but hates being outside moving around in it. In fact she runs from it and thinks its chasing her. Any suggestions anyone??
    Desensitize her to it...have her stand in a calm quiet place and bring in the blanket...just sit it on the ground and let her check it out. Pat her and/or treats. Then once she's accepted that, pick it up and hold it up to her nose. Repeat with the treats and such. Then next try rubbing it on her neck or legs. Repeat. Eventually you can get to the point where it's laying on her back and she doesn't care. Try flapping it around until she no longer cares. The whole process will take awhile but eventually you'll get to where I got my mare...you could literally throw a tarp or blanket over her head and she would just stand there, no big deal. But last year she wouldn't go NEAR a tarp with a 10 ft pole!!! ;)
         
        11-10-2010, 06:35 PM
      #45
    Green Broke
    The last barn I was at never allowed blankets and it would drive me nuts! I felt so bad when it got down in the teens and single digits with snow or cold rain, I know that's what their coat is for, but really, when it gets that cold I can't help but think they are cold. It drove me even more nuts when I had a TB that I was trying to get weight on and keep weight on in the winter.



    New barn blankets which makes me happy, but I am also a big softie too.
         

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