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    10-26-2009, 08:34 PM

So it is getting to be that time of year. I don't show but I do blanket because I hate tons of hair, and the shedding of that hair in the spring. I typically don't blanket unless it goes below 40ish. It can be 80 here one day and 40 the next so I think it is hard for the animals to get used to the cold weather. People around here look at me like I have a 3rd eye because I blanket my horses but it is just something I have always done (I did show in my younger days).

When do you throw on a blankie?
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    10-26-2009, 08:46 PM
I blanketed my boy 2 weeks ago, but granted I live in MN
    10-26-2009, 08:57 PM
I usually blanket when I have to break out the heavy duty Carhartt, bibs, hat etc. If I'm that cold then chances are my horse is too.
    11-05-2009, 07:35 PM
Most horses here in new zealand are rugged all year round (with lots of nakey days of course)
    11-05-2009, 09:08 PM
I've always gone by a quote my first coach used to say: "If it's cold enough for you to need a jacket, it's cold enough for your horse to need one."
    11-05-2009, 10:54 PM
I start putting sheets on around if it's 45 or lower when I feed in the evening. The following mornings have been about 35, and the sheets get pulled before I leave for class because the days warm back up to 55.

So, my guys just started getting sheets at night on Tuesday night.

Blankets go on when it's 35-40 and very windy. If it's raining they're in stalls.
    11-06-2009, 01:02 AM
I had a blanket on Tango about a month ago, it isn't as cold in the day but it gets freeeezing at night and I hate dealing with a fluff ball, plus he is kept higher in the mountains so it's pretty chilly up there
    11-06-2009, 01:33 AM
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It started seriously raining here a few weeks ago and that's when Lacey got her blanket on. Her field doesn't have shelter so I blanket her to keep her from getting too chilled. She did spend the last week naked however because it was dry and only windy. It started raining again today so she's all snuggly again.

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