Should I be blanketing her?
So I'm wondering if I should even be blanketing Lacey right now.
It's been getting into the mid-high fifties during the day and the low forties at night and it's been super rainy, and guess what? Lacey doesn't have shelter that she's comfortable using. >.< There are some huge trees that she can get under but they are right by some fenced-in dogs that like horses (and don't bark at them), only problem: Lacey has a dog phobia.
She has a pretty good winter coat already, it's like normal full furry horse-ness but it's only half in for it to be her usual. Haha But so I'm kinda concerned about not blanketing her since she is an old lady and I am working her everyday... But then I'm also concerned about blanketing her before she needs it.
I blanketed her over the weekend and she seemed much much happier (and drier) today when I went out (last week it had been rainy and she was unblanketed and she seemed a little depressed/unenthusiatstic) but I'm not sure if I should just let her deal with being wet and cold or baby her like I like to.
Her blanket is a mid-weight one and she wasn't sweating under it at all when I checked her today... I do go see her everyday (except for the weekend) so the blanket will come off once a day atleast...
Basically: Is it bad to blanket her when it's wet and cold and not blanket her when it's just cold or should I just decide on one or the other? Is it ok to selectively blanket?
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.