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        10-18-2010, 11:00 PM
      #11
    Foal
    He he that's sounds like my paint mare gotta have alot so ther eis the right mix for every season :)
         
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        10-18-2010, 11:39 PM
      #12
    Super Moderator
    I blanket my mare in the winter, but that's only because she's older (25) and when it rains (which it does a lot of here in Oregon) she gets rather nonresponsive and sluggish acting if she's allowed to get cold and wet. I also like riding in the winter and I really dislike putting a saddle on the wet back of a horse so I blanket her.

    If she were young, didn't act weird when she's wet, and I had a way to dry her before I saddled her up I probably would leave her un-blanketed.

    I say just go with what your horse shows you she needs. Try not to blanket her at first but if she starts acting funny, like she's cold, then blanket her appropriately. I've heard that a way to tell if a horse is getting too cold is if the horse's ears are cold. Evidently, if they're warm enough their ears will stay warm. I'm not a vet so I don't know if that's exactly true, but last winter when I blanketed my mare, her ears never felt really cold, where they always were the year before when I didn't blanket...

    If you do blanket, you need to make sure she's dry before blanketing her again (being wet under the blanket can cause skin infections, like rain rot) and you want to take it off everyday, or at least every other day, to thoroughly groom her so that her skin stays healthy.
         
        10-19-2010, 12:58 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    What if I kept a very thin waterproof one on her this winter, with the idea that she'd still develop a good winter coat, but stay dry so I can ride her? Or, despite the blanket being thin, would it still affect her winter coat growth?
         
        10-19-2010, 01:22 AM
      #14
    Super Moderator
    Any blanket is going to make her hair lay down, and therefore make it impossible for her to keep herself warm, since it's the air trapped amongst the fluffed up fur that keeps horses warm.
    So, if you're going to blanket, you need to blanket for the temperature. I don't remember the exact guidelines but sounds like you'll definitely want a heavy blanket since you said your area gets really cold.
    The blanket really has nothing to do with how much hair your horse will grow. It's all about how much light she gets. So, if she's kept in a lit barn most of the time, her hair is going to stay short while if she's outside 24/7 her coat will grow out to it's full potential. If she's blanketed, her hair will just look shorter since the blanket makes the hair it covers lay down.

    Hopefully that makes sense!
         
        10-19-2010, 01:24 AM
      #15
    Banned
    Depends on the horse, there are the really hardy types that you don't have to - and then there is my princess gelding, who is a teeny tiny skinny little thing and I am putting a rug on him in 50oF. I am in PA and when it gets really cold, I will double blanket him as he just does not cope with it well.

    If I had a choice, I would not blanket yet, and would save it (if needed for Jan/Feb) or not at all, but I don't have that kind of horse. He shivers in 40o weather.
         
        10-19-2010, 11:32 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Wallaby, that makes perfect sense! Thank you!

    I think what I'll end up doing is let it depend on the horse. If my horse seems perfectly healthy and happy without a blanket, I'll leave it off. That seems the most natural thing to do, and I think the more natural we keep our horses the healthier they'll be. But if I notice that she's not herself and acts/feels cold, I'll start blanketing her.

    Thank you EVERYONE for all of your help on this one. I really appreciate it!
         
        10-19-2010, 12:10 PM
      #17
    Started
    I live in western wyoming at 7000 ft elevation. It gets -30 to -40F during the winter with 4 or 5 feet of snow. My three horses, two of them over 20 have a lean to to get under, and most the time they stand out in the snow and cold. When the wind blows, they do get behind the barn, or whatever for wind block but they never have blankets. As a matter of fact, they are already fuzzing up, we are having 25 degree weather in the mornings. It is called nature and nature will help them grow enough hair to keep warm.
    I ride during the winter without clipping, they do just fine.
    I make sure they get plenty of extra hay when it is really cold and some grain but otherwise they get normal rations of hay.
         
        10-19-2010, 12:15 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wyominggrandma    
    I live in western wyoming at 7000 ft elevation. It gets -30 to -40F during the winter with 4 or 5 feet of snow. My three horses, two of them over 20 have a lean to to get under, and most the time they stand out in the snow and cold. When the wind blows, they do get behind the barn, or whatever for wind block but they never have blankets. As a matter of fact, they are already fuzzing up, we are having 25 degree weather in the mornings. It is called nature and nature will help them grow enough hair to keep warm.
    I ride during the winter without clipping, they do just fine.
    I make sure they get plenty of extra hay when it is really cold and some grain but otherwise they get normal rations of hay.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one that is guilty of neglecting thier horses.
         
        10-19-2010, 12:36 PM
      #19
    Showing
    My paint LOVES her blanket. Given I don't keep blankets on 90% of the time during winter, when we have snow, ice, or cold/windy night I put them on (they are medium weight/waterproof).
         
        10-19-2010, 01:33 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    I'm glad I'm not the only one that is guilty of neglecting thier horses.
    Haha, well I for one don't think you two are neglecting your horses. I like all of the opinions, I think there's some truth to all of it, and I'm sure your horses are healthy and happy
         

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