Originally Posted by Black Beauty 94 View Post
I want to get a sheet for my horse JUST to keep him clean during the winter, I do not want it to affect his coat growth. It does need to be waterproof, does anyone have any suggestions?
He would keep it on all the time no matter the temperature, since I bought him 2 years ago I just let him grow out his coat
He should not keep one waterproof blanket on all the time "no matter what the temperature". If you want him to wear a blanket all the time you will need to have multiple blankets and sheets to keep him from overheating. There is not one blanket that is suitable for all temperatures.
That said, I do blanket in the winter with only one blanket. However, it is a medium weight Pessoa that is both waterproof and has wicking properties so that 1-it can be put on a wet horse and will wick out the water and dry them....kind of like a cooler and 2-if the horse starts to overheat with it on it will wick out sweat and keep the horse somewhat comfortable until someone can take it off.
My horse is turned out during the day if the weather is good, and does not wear the blanket then. She comes in at night and wears it at night from about november to april unless it is unseasonably warm in which case we leave it off. The reason that I do this is that it does help keep her clean, and because I board, I can't increase her hay rations when it's colder and it helps her keep her weight on.
When I kept her at home, I never blanketed her, I just increased her grass hay. Fermentation of grass hay in the hindgut supposedly is the best way to keep a horse warm without blanketing.
You will need to make some adjustments to your plan so your horse doesn't get overheated and possibly sick. Either feed more grass hay and don't blanket, get a medium weight blanket like mine and remove it whenever the temp is above 50 or 60 degrees, or get multiple turnout sheets and cover him appropriately for the weather. The first option is by far the easiest and probably the healthiest for your horse. Good luck!