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    10-11-2008, 08:50 PM
  #11
Showing
Blanketing or stalling is going to be the best option. There are a lot of options available. Just make sure you don't over blanket her so she still builds up some of her own fur.
     
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    10-11-2008, 11:05 PM
  #12
Trained
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.
     
    10-13-2008, 01:23 AM
  #13
Yearling
I think that really depends on the temperature, but just use common sense and instinct when it comes to blanketing.
     
    10-13-2008, 07:55 AM
  #14
Green Broke
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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.
     
    10-13-2008, 02:19 PM
  #15
Trained
It doesn't get too too cold here in the winter. The coldest it got at night was -1.

When it starts getting colder I'll re-asses them. All my guys are getting a winter coat so I think they'll be fine. But i'll have to see.

And I'm not sure what my BO is going to do if it's really cold out in the morning. This is my first winter there.
     
    10-14-2008, 01:01 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I wouldn't worry about it. Your horse should be fine. That's not cold at all.
     
    10-14-2008, 01:19 PM
  #17
Trained
Ok, thanks Northern!
     
    10-17-2008, 02:03 PM
  #18
Foal
I'm in upstate NY, it gets decently cold, we are in the 30's already at night now. I have a TB that has a fine coat, but my horses have free turnout, I don't blanket her and she does just fine. I feed them more hay and they let themselves in and out of their stalls as they see fit.
     
    10-22-2008, 03:04 PM
  #19
Yearling
Yup that how I know winter is right around the corner...my gelding get a super tin coat. Blanket time!
     

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