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    03-14-2011, 11:27 PM
Slicking out show horses/Blankets

Hi! I have a question for upper-level showers, or anybody that knows... If you are getting your horse ready for show season, slicking out there winter coat, what temperature do you put blankets on? I have been told to blanket when the temp. Is 70 degrees f. At night, but that seems a little over-the-top to me. 50 degrees sounds better, imho, but then, I am a new to this whole show-horse thing. What do they actually need in order to shed? (Btw, our horses are kept in stalls, with lights, and are shedding profusely right now. Even the ones without blankets.)
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    03-15-2011, 01:46 PM
Depending on the season and the length/thickness of my horse's coat, I blanket and layer at different temps. From cold to warm weather, I put on the midweight blanket until it's 55+ degrees f. I put in the sheet between 55 & 70 degrees f. Those temps vary on amount of sun, any rain, and the wind. Mine is stalled unless I turn him out for a couple of hours in the late afternoon/early evening, so I don't deal with outside environment changes directly. Lots of sun makes it feel warmer, rain and wind make it feel colder, lots of wind pulls their body heat away. That's before and after shedding. I leave mine on a little warmer than some to facilitate shedding and prevent extra coat growth without making him sweaty. Here in ohio it can be 66 during the day and 27 at night. If the low will be below 35, I put on his liner and blanket.
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    03-15-2011, 02:05 PM
It is the lights that sheds them out, not blanketing. Perhaps blanket if your horse has shed a lot and we get a cold snap. My horse have sand to roll in and that puts a beautiful shine on their coats.

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