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post #11 of 19 Old 12-20-2012, 12:22 AM
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My old horse never grew a winter coat, some people even asked me if I clipped her, and if we blanketed her she would get too hot and actually sweat in negative temps. She is young and there was a nice run in and hay available if needed. Now, at night, super cold, bad weather or when she was just standing around in her stall you bet her butt was covered in a blankie! Lol.
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post #12 of 19 Old 12-20-2012, 12:54 AM
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In that fluffy fur and on his skin is a gray waxy coating that waterproofs him. If he has free choice hay and has good weight, he is just fine sans the jacket. Trust me on this one, he is fine!
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post #13 of 19 Old 12-20-2012, 01:40 AM
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never saw a feral horse with a blanket. Horses kept in a natural environment are healthier than horses kept stalled , penned up , blanketed etc. If the horse is body clipped, of course you need a blanket. You should give a choice, a cover wind break area. If they want under the cover they will go under it.
Hay forage ferments in the gut and produces heat to keep them warm.
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post #14 of 19 Old 12-20-2012, 09:58 AM
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we have several thoroughbreds without a blanket. I went out the other day to see a herd of ottb's around a round bale, one came up from arizona this summer, 2 mares born on the farm, one 22 year old gelding, a rescue gelding that came off the track this year and a 21 year old brood mare. All blanketless. At -28 celcius, snowing with a stiff cross breeze. They have giant shelters and a barn, but that is where they prefer to be. None are under weight, infact two are fat.

If they need the shelter, they'll take it. Otherwise they are ok. Contrary to popular oppinion, ottb's are tough(some of them).
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post #15 of 19 Old 12-20-2012, 10:04 AM
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I am not understanding the problem. The hay is keeping him warm. If he was cold enough he would be in the run in.
AGREED. Even if the hay isn't there they like to be wet. Mine were soaking wet this morning and shivering so I am giving them extra hay through the storm we are having. It was only a low upper 20's so I didn't think they would be cold this morning but the wind chill got them. After 15 minutes of eating they were warm again.
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post #16 of 19 Old 12-20-2012, 10:06 AM
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That's good to hear. I just picture one of those days where he stands outside getting soaked all day, and then the temperature drops 30 degrees at night and I end up with a horsecicle.
Their body temp will hwelp dry the hair as it gets colder. They may be icy on top but not next to the skin. The ice can also help insulate from the wind.
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Some people think that if a horse does not grow a thick winter coat that they will be cold. I think it just may have to do with the horses chemistry. I bought a stallion from TX and it took him a few years to get a winter coat but he was never cold in the process. I am sue some have a hotter body temp and them may not grow a coat as well but can still be warm.
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post #18 of 19 Old 12-21-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, he's going back to no blanket. I rode him yesterday after his first night in a blankie and he over heated very quickly. I just got thrown off by the wet coat thing.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #19 of 19 Old 12-21-2012, 07:30 PM
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A horsicle? Yup, I had one of those tonight at feeding time. Quite literally, she had icicles down her side and rump. She was as happy as could be.

It's been snowing, blowing and freezing drizzle here on for about the last 24 hours. Temperature is only about -5 Celcius, but a heck of a wind. Probably about -15 with the wind. She's fine. Mostly outside all day. Came in for supper though. My horses never get blankets, but free access to shelter and hay. They will stand in the rain, snow, sleet... whatever and be quite content. I have a pic somewhere of one of them who stayed out for so long in a storm that he had 2 inches of snow on his back!
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