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post #1 of 30 Old 12-09-2009, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question Blanketing???

I want my horse to look pretty for the show season coming up, so I don't go in the ring and look like I'm ridiing a bear. I want to blanket her, but I'm worried about her getting caught on something in the pasture and getting hurt . In our pasture we have a bunch of trees and limbs that she could get caught on and also it is bordered by a pond. She never goes in the stall except to get fed, because we have concret floors. I don't know what to do any advice would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 30 Old 12-09-2009, 08:07 PM
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Clip her in the spring if you are worried about her being fuzzy, but then you will have to blanket her on cooler nights. I would not be worried about getting caught on stuff, the blanket will just tear and she will be free, I have never heard of a horse getting caught on their blanket and getting injured like I have with a horse getting caught on on a halter.

Personally I would just leave her fuzzy unless you are doing like A rated shows or something.

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post #3 of 30 Old 12-09-2009, 09:32 PM
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If you arn't working her very hard, just leave her be and clip her when spring roles around

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post #4 of 30 Old 12-09-2009, 09:35 PM
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I've never had a blanket get caught nd trap the horse. Turnout blankets are pretty tough, and at worst they will just rip. Blanket repair is fairly cheap, unless it's major (such as ripping out the ENTIRE lining, peeling off the trim, and destroying four buckles.... which of course *my* horse had to do, grrrrr.)
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post #5 of 30 Old 12-09-2009, 11:19 PM
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Fortunately blankets aren't like halters, in that if a horse gets caught, a blanket will tear, or break (straps)...I wouldn't worry too much; just make sure you put the straps up tight enough that her legs can't get caught up in them (although, again, they would break, but still!).

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post #6 of 30 Old 12-10-2009, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for commenting! I think I'm going to blanket her, I feel better about it now that I've heard from ya'll! :)
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post #7 of 30 Old 12-10-2009, 07:55 PM
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Wellll.... wait now. It depends on the style of the blanket. I know of two horses in my area, owned by experienced horse people that have broken a leg from being turned out in a blanket. I always understood it to be unsafe to turnout in a paddock that was anything but a dry lot w/no trees, loose boards, etc. Of course, I think the ones with the belly bands are a bit safer.
I would let them be wooly bear and clip, as some other folks here have suggested. It's safer, and they grow that hair to keep them warm. They could be in trouble if they're relying on that blanket and it really tears. Murphy's law kind of thing.

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post #8 of 30 Old 12-11-2009, 12:18 AM
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I've had belly strap clips break for hardly no reason at all, so I am fairly sure if adjusted properly (so legs CAN'T get caught in them!) there is really no way a horse could get hurt with most blankets. I don't use the rear leg straps on any blanket, because those are usually pretty hefty hooks for the size...plus I don't like how mucky they get. One can also criss cross the belly straps, so that they are also kept further out of reach of the limbs, rather than clipping them in their normal positions (I also do this, because I do feel the rear one is normally too far back to clip back there normally).

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LOL. There's always a way for trouble to happen, no matter what precautions you take. Properly adjusted and fitted is least likely to cause you trouble, but it can happen. That's all. I'm not bashing blanket wearers, just putting it out there that things do go wrong, even in the best circumstances.

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post #10 of 30 Old 12-11-2009, 06:47 PM
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I have NEVER heard of a horse getting hung up or hurt on a blanket either! Those clips break if you exert any kind of pressure on them, so a 1200 lb horse would break them lickety split ...

In a worst case scenario your blanket will be torn, but the horse would be okay

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