My horse lives outdoors where she can go under the barn overhang to get out of the weather (I wish it was better, but it's the best I can do right now). I live where, in winter, it occasionally gets below 0 degrees fahrenheit, and 35 degrees is a warm day. I also ride 2-3 times a week in the winter.
I used to put a thick waterproof blanket on her in late fall and leave it on until it warms up in the spring. However, I've had some people tell me that blanketing a horse is wrong. By blanketing a horse, they don't develop their full winter coats. They tell me that they're warmer in their own winter coats than in a blanket.
Is that true? I want to do whatever is best for my horse. Would I be better off
A) Never blanketing her
B) Keeping her blanketed always
C) Only blanketing her one rare EXTRA cold occasions
If I don't blanket her, do I still ride her when she's wet? Sorry for all the questions. I'm just really confused now, and would really appreciate your comments. Thanks.