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        12-29-2011, 06:38 AM
    To Blanket or Not to Blanket

    I need thoughts here :) and maybe experiences.

    I have a horse coming in for a two-week trial that the owner has not been blanketing and won't be bringing a blanket or sheet. The horse's coat is thick and more than heavy enough to handle the temps when inside the barn, however, the barn I am at tends to get windy in the paddock and turnout areas and I am worried about a wet chill, rain or snow. While I realize the horse probably wouldn't be able to handle a heavy blanket, is a lightweight turnout blanket or even turnout sheet a good idea for turnout on cold and windy days and for that "just in case" rain or snow shower?

    In the event of a wet chill, understanding that the horse would have to be monitored for sweating and so on, would a turnout sheet or lightweight blanket be too heavy in the barn, which is normally about 10 degrees warmer than the outside?
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        12-29-2011, 06:48 AM
    Green Broke
    IMO because it's only a two week trial, I wouldn't worry about putting anything on. Do they get hay to eat while they are outside? If so, they will generate heat from digesting it. Even if it rains while they are out, they go back in at night, correct? He/she should be fine without anything.
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        12-29-2011, 07:30 AM
    Green Broke
    If you've got the horse for a two week trial. Then, I'd consider discussing it with the owners. Specially, if there is a change in the temperature.

    However, if they leave it up to you - then I would say it would be fine to leave the horse unrugged. Specially, due to its only two weeks and if you do decide to purchase the horse then you could decide to or not to blanket. :)
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        12-29-2011, 07:35 AM
    If you're worried talk it over with the owners. I don't even own a blanket, so my horses go au naturale! It doesn't usually get that cold here but it does rain and they can get under shelter.
        12-29-2011, 10:35 AM
    I live in Maryland and all I can imagine is a repeat of the back to back blizzards we had in early 2010. :) Granted the horses weren't turned out too much, other than in a small indoor arena, for about a week until we could find the paddocks again but it was windy and more than just cold for the better part of a week afterwards.

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