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  • Colorado State university horse blanketing study
  • Here is some information on winter blanketing that may surprise you. This is the result of a multi-year study done by CSU, using state of the art thermal detection equipment. Colorado State University is widely considered to be one of the top three equine veterinary schools in the country:

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    12-18-2012, 04:10 PM
  #11
Yearling
So so sorry Draftguy not very awake not feeling well.
     
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    12-18-2012, 04:11 PM
  #12
Yearling
Rugging ours is nothing to do with temp it is the wind and rain that gets them other wise they would all be naked.
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    12-19-2012, 03:27 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
Rugging ours is nothing to do with temp it is the wind and rain that gets them other wise they would all be naked.
Bluebird Hangs head even lower...I don't rug during the day, even in the rain. They are left 100% naked...eeek. You've given me food for thought
     
    12-19-2012, 08:00 AM
  #14
Foal
We turn ours out with a blanket when it's cold... Or when it's cold rain. Warm temps and rain we're ok with.
     
    12-19-2012, 08:01 AM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
So so sorry Draftguy not very awake not feeling well.
It's no problem... hope you feel better...
     
    12-20-2012, 02:12 PM
  #16
Foal
     
    12-20-2012, 04:47 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Most of the pictures show ill fitting blankets, even some ill fitting halters and unsafe fencing. But you are concerned about keeping them warm with such hairy coats? Doesn't make sense when the could get caught up in a fence, halter or long blanket.
     
    12-20-2012, 10:14 PM
  #18
Started
My horses have 200 gram (medium) turnout blankets and no-fill turnout sheets. Candy also has a fly sheet, and Casey has a stable sheet. I don't have any pictures of Candy in her turnout, but this is Casey in hers

     
    12-21-2012, 08:51 PM
  #19
Trained
Just found this study from CSU. It's an interesting read.


Here is some information on winter blanketing that may surprise you. This is the result of a multi-year study done by CSU, using state of the art thermal detection equipment. Colorado State University is widely considered to be one of the top three equine veterinary schools in the country: Blanketing horses is one of the worst things that you can do to a horse in the winter. Horses have the ability to loft and lower their coats to 17 different levels, so it's like exchanging 17 different thermal weights of blankets off and on them all day and night, depending on what they need- except that we don't know what they need as well as they do. Their 'self-blanketing' process works a little like 'chill bumps' do in our own skin. That's why long-haired horses may seem fluffier on some days than on others. Only three things make the 'self-blanketing' process not work: blanketing, clipping, and wind. Not even snow or rain stops their own thermostats from doing the job. Also horses are in 'neutral' (meaning not using energy for either heating or cooling) when the air around them is between 26 and 38 degrees. Otherwise, they're using energy to control their temps. So- since they're cooling their bodies when the temp is over 38 degrees, they're having to use extra energy to cool themselves when blanketed in temperatures o! Ver that. Any time a horsethat is outside and has a long coat is shivering, it's because the horse has opted to shiver to warm itself, instead of using the option of moving. Moving generates a considerable amount of heat for a horse, but they sometimes stand and shiver while napping, etc. It does not mean that they need to be blanketed. However- a horse MUST have a way to get out of the wind in order for their 'self-blanketing' abilities to function fully. It turns out that blanketing is done more for pleasing the human, than to fill a need of the horse. The horse blanket industry has done a great job of making us think that their product is a necessary part of good horse keeping- when it is actually an item that is very seldom needed.
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    12-21-2012, 08:53 PM
  #20
Weanling
What is shameful is that my two horses are far better dressed than I ever am. I have to blanket my older QH as he loses weight quickly in winter, and the other one doesn't ever grow a thick coat and stands around shivering and goes insane if he gets wet. Only wet by the rain, bathing he doesn't mind. Silly.
     

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