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  • Will my horses be warm enough in medium weight turnout blankets when it is 38 degrees fehrenheit and rainy

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    12-22-2013, 07:30 PM
  #1
Foal
turnout blankets in florida

so am not going to clip dixie after all, however I may do some kinda of body clip after she is up to date on her weight, maybe mid year, either way. I kinda of want to be ready for anything. Now or for next winter. We have not had any Major cold coming in. I think this week its mid 70's and 80's night time low is in the 60's.

However we have dipped into the 40's a few weeks back, only 2 times so far, but last year around mid January we fell into the 20-30F for 2 nights living in central Florida, I though I was going to freeze to death, my water buckets had ICED OVER! But this was last year, before I owned a horse..

Now am worried about dixie, I just got her, she is 600 pounds, when she should be around 900 pounds, has some very long hair (where she came from they had her out 24/7 in weather that was in the 30's)


Should I order her a blanket? If so what kind? No fill,100 fill? I was thinking something light, and it needs to be a turnout blanket/sheet, I was reading that "No fill" is bad because it doesn't let the horse "fluff" its hair out to stay warm? But don't get to high of fill because then they can over heat what should I do?

Normally even when its cold out we don't drop past 40F... 40-50 is what I will be dealing with MOST of are "winter" and only at night, are daytime highs on a cold day is in the 70's high 60's

We MIGHT have ONE or TWO nights into the 30f, but its rare...like big foot rare.
     
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    12-22-2013, 08:15 PM
  #2
Yearling
Remember that this is the thinnest your horse is going to be...she should be gaining weight everyday and by early spring near her desired weight.
She could gain 100 pounds in a month...amazing what food can do!!

Keeping hay in front of her all the time, especially on a cold night will allow her to eat her fill {she should be doing this anyhow to gain weight} and digesting of the hay will produce heat = help keep her warm.

Does she have a shelter where she can get away from the cold wind and rains if we have any, this is "dry season"....
As long as she has shelter, can escape the winds...it is a judgement call.

I would buy a lightweight t/o for her if she was mine.
100 -grams{180 gr. Max} of fill.
I feel if you put that blanket on you took away some of her ability to fluff her coat adequately and you need to compensate for that.
Put it on if the forecast is for frost and or higher winds...when the sun is going down and taken off her around 10 - 11:00 AM when it starts to warm up and the misty dew is drying off the grass....before then it is chilly out without a jacket for us humans.

Honestly, if you look at most peoples horses, they rarely blanket ever unless it is a "show horse".
Many horses don't even have a barn in the true sense of the word, maybe a lean-to shelter if that...usually just a stand of trees to stand under for protection.

Do remember though, this is the worst condition she will be... from this point forward it is uphill for her in her care and needs met.
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    12-22-2013, 08:42 PM
  #3
Showing
Research has proven that horses, especially youngster handle cold better than heat. When temps get down to and below freezing they are often frisky. Don't dress your horse according to how you feel. Nature has provided all animals well with exactly what they need to survive in various temperatures.
     
    12-22-2013, 08:58 PM
  #4
Yearling
Your comments make much sense saddlebag.

However, Mother Nature {nature} also provides food for the animal to be in good weight before the cold of winter arrives. This one borders to emaciated status....

This particular animal is 300 pounds underweight on a 900 pound optimum weighted horse...that horse was not provided by nature what it needs, so someone needs to help.

If the horse were healthy, good weight I would say "no to a blanket"....in this case I think having one as a stand-by just in case is a better option than watching her shiver trying to keep warm.
Kind of defeats working hard to get weight on her frame...that she burns it off working hard to stay warm.

jmo...
     
    12-23-2013, 12:48 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I would buy a lightweight, and maybe a medium (if it get below freezing again).
If this were my own horse I would blanket her (in suitable weather, not 80! Lol) until she is back to a healthy weight.
For bad weather I would prefer to keep her in without a blanket (depending on temperature) and if not possible t/o with a blanket or sheet (depending on temp).

I would use a lightweight if it was say under 45 and a medium for 35.

After this year/once she's in good weight I would get rid of the medium (donate/sell/stick in closet) and keep the lightweight for "very cold" (I LOLed at your "ICED OVER!" ) periods or sudden temperature changes.

When in doubt ask your vet :)

She has been fine this far I'm sure she'd be fine without a blanket, but you really want to have everything "perfect" for her and give her any opportunity possible to add some extra pounds.

The lightweight you could use in the future for any drastic changes in temp.
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    12-23-2013, 01:31 AM
  #6
Weanling
I also live in Florida (S. Fl) and my boy is slightly underweight, no where near what it sound like your baby is and I still sheet him when it gets chilly, he has heavy sheet/light blanket and id say that although people say "don't dress your horse according to how you feel" they live in our Florida heat and when the temp drops..THEY FEEL IT. Ultimately , because of how thin she is I second calling the vet and asking.
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    12-23-2013, 01:44 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Nikkibella, just to ask- what do you mean by "heavy sheet". Sheets by definition have no fill, so not sure what you meant.

The horses will feel a temperature drop, but they will use their body hair to regulate their core temp (just like you put on a heavier jacket) and are fine. Horses do well in cold weather. If it changes drastically I feel they need something, and def if they are thin don't make them use any energy for anything aside getting fat!

Sheets will do minimal for warmth, so in this case I wouldn't bother and just get a lightweight, unless you are worried about keeping her dry->warm on a rainy cool, but not cold, day.
     
    12-23-2013, 10:23 PM
  #8
Weanling
Yogi -the material it is made of is thick, heavy. There is actually no fluff inside, but it's not just a 'raincoat' type of sheet. I use this when its not quite cold enough for a blanket but there's a chilly wind blowing. Horsey windbreaker
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    12-23-2013, 10:47 PM
  #9
Green Broke
OK I know there are canvas blankets (no "fill") that are actually quite warm. I guess I am having trouble visualizing what you mean :P
     
    12-24-2013, 09:06 AM
  #10
Started
I wouldn't clip that horse in her condition even in florida. She needs to recover first plain and simple.

Horses do take cold very well. I don't blanket mine and I'm in the mountains of NH. I regularly get 60 degree temp swings. Just got over 3 days of freezing rain and now it's barely 20 out. The horses are fine. Eating hay keeps them warm. My 38 yr old has a coat so thick snow often piles up without melting.

My horses are actually their most comfortable around 50 degrees. They frisk around and play and celebrate no bugs. They actually use the barn more in the summer by far.

I would just let her eat and recover. Use the money for more hay.
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