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        01-24-2012, 08:59 PM
    When he is out, does he have a run in shelter? If so, I'd be tempted to not blanket him. You said he has a nice thick coat. Let his internal body regulate itself. Up his hay some.
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        01-24-2012, 10:22 PM
    Definitely, if he is in turnout, get a blanket that is waterproof. I would say a medium weight blanket should do fine for what you can always get a light blanket liner in case the temperatures drop below what they normally do, and put it under his regular blanket.
        01-24-2012, 10:45 PM
    I agree with northeastern Nevada it gets cold -20*F and it stays cold, I didn't blanket at all...but this weather here in east Texas in just weird! It was 75 the other day and then the next it wont get over 40. Then if it rains and the wind in blowing, I am forced to blanket because they are all standing out there humped up and shivering. The extreme change in temps is hard on them. I also think that rain and wind is harder on them than a dry below freezing temp.
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        01-25-2012, 01:24 AM
    My suggestions for blanketing come from 2 things she said in her original post. #1/ He's thin
    #2/ He doesn't have free choice hay, he gets 5-6 flakes per day

    #3/ Oklahoma has been on the yoyo for temps this year too, so my horses aren't all haired up like they would be if it got cold and stayed that way.

    I have mares who think it's spring and are teasing. They should be 'closed for business' by now.

    So because of crazy weather, his thinness and no free choice hay, I suggested she blanket him to help him hold his warmth. 1/2 of my horses are blanketed (show horses that were clipped for Nationals at the end of Oct, those who've never been out of CA or AZ and one who's thin and just got her), the other 1/2 (pure pasture, up to good weight, plenty of shelter, free choice access to hay) are not. It's an individual thing and I go by how each horse seems to be holding up. If anyone starts losing weight, even the pasture ponies have blankets, I'm just not using them yet.
        01-25-2012, 01:39 AM
    Age should be a factor in blanketing too, old horses just can't regulate their temperature as well. Also, some blanket brands last way longer than others and worth the price if you don't feel like sewing the tears and straps back on every 6 months.
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        01-26-2012, 10:49 PM

    Originally Posted by OkieGal    
    Not sure if this was the best place to put it but here goes.

    I plan on getting my horse a blanket as the night time temperatures dip down to the mid 20's. Daytime temps are 30-50 as Oklahoma is extremely fickle and ever-changing in its weather.

    He isn't on free choice hay but gets about 5 to 6 flakes of hay a day.

    My question is should I use a turnout blanket or a stable blanket?
    My horse has a fairly thick coat but he's on the thin side so I want him to stay nice and toasty.
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    If you want him to be as warm as possible, Going with the turnout blanket is probably the best bet. Maybe not entirely nessessary, but 30-50 degrees is really cold for daytime! I would maybe even layer a stable blanket under a turnout blanket if it were that cold where I live!
        01-26-2012, 11:04 PM
    Originally Posted by OkieGal    
    Goodness! I've never dealt with -10. I've dealt with 8 or so but not that.

    He is stabled. He has a stall which opens into a small run so he has access to go outside. I'd like to stick the just a stable blanket but my horse isn't the brightest. haha.
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    We just came out of a week that was all -40 weather. -46C was the coldest it got.
    Glad that's over for now! LOL

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