Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Hits, I do the same, except that I curry in circles, then brush in the direction of the hairs--which I do every time that I ride, even in the hottest weather.
I would blanket until cool, after you've walked enough to dry your horse off some. Remember to remove the blanket. Your horse has been building a good coat as temperatures dropped, so you don't want to make him too warm and sweat by leaving the blanket on. THAT's only important if you clip all year round.
If your stable is metal, then it's going to be a lot colder inside when you finish. Wooden barns insulate, but the steel/aluminum ones with big, indoor arenas, are affordable so it's more likely. As long as the horse's core is warm, his legs can feel cold, but he'll be okay. Just plan on investing more time warming up and cooling down in cold weather. =D
Also, if it's one of those sunny days without a wind, your horse can be walked outside and sun-dried...like tomatoes! =d