Originally Posted by musicalmarie1
So I just need some real quick advice about tonight.
It rained today-- like, seriously rained-- and didn't stop until about 3 or 4. The sun even came out for a little bit. Unfortunately, behind this rain was a windy cold front that is supposed to put temps into the 20s and 30s with the wind chill. My mare has hardly any winter coat (she's the oldest at 18) but my geldings are fluffy. They're all a little damp in places, but not soaking all over. I know you're not supposed to blanket when they're wet, but I'm worried about them, especially my mare. They have a run in shelter, but one of the geldings is a bully and takes up the whole shed to himself (I'm going to put in a divider to make "stalls" this weekend when my husband is off work to help). I happen to have 2 blankets for my mare, one that's really thin and not well insulated and a thicker "Tought-1" brand that is slightly too big for her.
Any thoughts? Any advice I could get before I go to bed in 2 hours would be appreciated. Thanks!!
If your mare has trouble holding her weight or is on the thinner side, then I'd blanket to cut the wind and keep her warm. She's getting to the age where she might need it. If she's on the plump side, I wouldn't, she'll burn a few calories to stay warm but will be fine. My rule of thumb is, if they're fat they're fine, thin I blanket, wet, I put towels under the blanket and blanket. Dry and windy is OK, wet and warm is OK, dry and cold is mostly OK, wet and cold and wet and windy, not OK. If they can't get their hair to stand up and make the 'air buffer' between them and the cold air outside, then they need help, whether it's because they're wet or just because they haven't grown a coat.
I have a QH who is a yak, a Paint who is as thin skinned as any of my Arabs and Arabs who look thin skinned but aren't. You just kind of have to go off your gut.