I've never used a hood before but this winter I will be trying to keep the coat under control for winter lessons/riding. Do I just want to get a hood because I see other horses with them? Are they really necessary? Do you just use them for when it's really cold or do the horses wear them all winter?
I'm ordering blankets for the minis so while I'm ordering I thought I should get a hood for my Mare now if I was going to at all.
My horse is stalled in a heated barn at night (heavy blankets come off) and out in turnout during the day. If it's really, really cold out the BO will keep them in. I have a midweight blanket and a liner for some flexibility.
Last winter it took me over an hour to cool her off after a lesson but she wasn't blanketed at all then.