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post #31 of 34 Old 11-19-2009, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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For now no blanket but maybe in January or later when I start to ride a little harder. I am trying the vac. thing this weekend.

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post #32 of 34 Old 11-21-2009, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
No. Horses are made to be able to withstand very cold weather and most do just fine. Learn to groom a little fasteror don't be so thoroughand let him be as nature intended.
Deffinetly! mabey just brush REALLY GOOD where the saddle and girth go and just not as thorough everywhere else :) then brush good AFTER the hack

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post #33 of 34 Old 11-22-2009, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
I would just like to comment, because I feel that you can go one of two ways.
Horses have a natural defense against cold - their coat. In order for it to work properly, it has to be able to stand up and not get matted down. The heat gets trapped by the big wooly coat, and stays closer to the skin. My understanding is that you kind of want to go one of two ways with colder weather:
1) Leave the horse unblanketed, and let the horse's coat ward off the cold. In this instance you do want to groom the horse on a regular basis (I'm not talking everyday) to keep the hair fluffy so it has maximum heat retention.
2) Blanket the horse with insulated blankets according to the weather. So you have on hand at least a mid-weight and heavy-weight blanket, and possible a light-weight, and you put these blankets on according to their temperature rating.
If your horse has a winter coat, you will be hindering the natural heat properties if you squash it down, even with a rainsheet. Rain sheets have their place, absolutely, but when you're talking about cold temperatures, you kind of want to go one way or the other with blanketing - you either want to leave the horse be, or blanket fairly heavily. A rainsheet will squash the hair down, so the horse's natural defenses (its fluffy hair) are pushed down, but the sheet itself offers very little warmth, so you're kind of defeating the point.
Does that make sense? I have this question all the time at my tack store, I hope I've explained myself well.. I haven't had my coffee this morning!!
Lol yes it makes sense I have a quilted blanket and a rain sheet so the quilted blanket is on him right now I am putting the rain sheet on tommorow. Thanks

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post #34 of 34 Old 11-23-2009, 01:36 AM
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I have two waterproof sheets for Lily, thats it. Keeps most of the rain off and mud and she only wears them about three months out of the year. It gets cold but because I don't blanket her heavy, she still gets her natural winter woolies!
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