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  • What temperture do you use a medium weight blanket on a horse
  • Can you put a turnout blanket on a wet horse

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    10-22-2012, 10:58 PM
Blanket Help needed!

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
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    10-23-2012, 02:29 AM
If you plan on blanketing your horse all winter, you are going to need more than just one light weight sheet. A blanket won't affect the hair growth, but what it will do is flatten the coat down. Horses hair coats fluff up in winter, keeping the warm air close to the skin and cold air out. When you put a blanket on, it will flatten the hair coat and take away the insulation the horse has.

So this is where you will need multiple weight blankets. If you under blanket your horse for the weather, it could make him sick. You may be changing weights of blankets throughout the day depending on the temperature. You might need a mid weight during the day, but a heavy weight at night. It's better to be a bit over blanketed than under.

If your horse has access to shelter, I'd say forget the blanket. I know you are trying to keep your horse clean, but it's really better you don't blanket. I'd rather have to worry about currying mud off my horse than figuring out what blanket my horse may need throughout the day and night.
    10-23-2012, 04:14 AM
Originally Posted by Black Beauty 94    
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!
    10-23-2012, 06:14 AM
Green Broke
Have you ever smelled a horse that kept a rain sheet on all the time? Yuck. Most rain sheets don't breathe as well as blankets. Plus you are blanketing for the wrong reasons. Once you start you can't stop. You will need at least three blankets if not more.

Have you seen those back straps after a few days? Double yuck. Poo and piss needs to be washed off those constantly. Also I have to wash my horses backend several times a week because of those straps. You will need extra blankets to switch out so they can be washed.
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    10-23-2012, 07:17 PM
Look into a Bucas blanket they are good ones that go a good range in temp. Other then that I agree you will need two or three different blankets. However I disagree with it being better to over blanket. I think its better to be a little chilled then to over heat and break out in a sweat under the blanket, especially if they are still in the blanket when it gets later in the day and the temps drop leaving you horse now wet and cold
    10-23-2012, 08:12 PM
Green Broke
I say... Get a horse vaccum or a shop vac. It will be cheaper PLUS it will last longer, its way more convenient then a blanket and you horse will probably be healthier and happier!

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    10-27-2012, 10:16 PM
Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate it! I decided just to let him get fuzzy lol :)
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