Originally Posted by appylover31803
This is a little OT, but if a horse is only going to out during the day and in a stall when the sun starts to set, would you need a blanket if they don't have an extra thick coat?
I really don't want to blanket Vega and Montana, but last year Vega didn't get much of a winter coat (but she had little turn out) and to my understanding, Montana doesn't really grow a coat and had to be blanketed last year.
IMO, this makes it hard on the horse to adjust to the fact that it's winter, plus the daytime / nighttime shifts. Now if you have mild winters, that may not be a big deal, but here where it can be -40 with the wind, so in the barn it's only -25 or -30 the change in temperature for the horses is hard on them. If you are stalling them at night, they are nice and toasty warm and come 5 or even 9 in the morning, you're just going to toss them out in the freezing cold? To me, this is where you would really have to watch for those days they need a blanket and which blanket it is they need.