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    10-29-2010, 06:10 PM
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What temps do you usually start blanketing in? I have been putting a cotton sheet on my mare every night right now and it's been getting about 40's and 50's in the barn.

I have a midweight which is basically a nylon sheet lined with fleece and I also have a very heavy blanket for the dead of winter. She has a decent coat on her now (don't really want it to get much thicker or I will have to clip her).

Not sure when I should switch from sheet to midweight to heavyweight so I thought I'd see what others opinions are.
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    10-29-2010, 07:02 PM
I don't blanket with anything until it's below zero or wet/windy out.
    10-29-2010, 07:26 PM
Are your horses in or out? How quickly in the spring do you have to worry about too much fur for showing. Our first show is usually mid April. That's pretty early spring.
    10-29-2010, 07:36 PM
Mine is out 24/7 with a wind break.
I'm in Montana so its still snowing in April sometimes and he starts getting fuzzy around mid-september.
I tried to type out how I blanket but instead here's the policy from where I ride at:


They all stay warm but I would take a shedding brick to them before a show (Not a thick winter coat, but definitely heavier than their summer coat if that makes sense.)

The AQHA barn I work for has the horses blanketed 24/7. They get a mid to heavy weight or a second blanket once it hits below zero and they are super sleek.
    10-29-2010, 07:53 PM
Green Broke
There are 25 horses at my barn.. seven are outside 24/7 and the rest are stalled at night.

We blanket the outside horses during the day/night when it gets about 25-30 degrees F during the day..or if its wet/windy. We will blanket them sooner if we see them shivering ect. We try to blanket them as last as possible so they grow a nice thick winter coat first.

The stalled horses get blankets when it gets to be about 30F.
    10-29-2010, 08:49 PM
Thank you both very much!! Very helpful!

I normally don't even put the mid-weight on until 30 and then heavy around teens so it looks like I'm ok with what I was doing/planning.

Thanks again!!
    10-30-2010, 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by MissPhoebe    
Thank you both very much!! Very helpful!

I normally don't even put the mid-weight on until 30 and then heavy around teens so it looks like I'm ok with what I was doing/planning.

Thanks again!!
We usually put the heavy weights on when it gets to be around that temperature.

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