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    10-16-2010, 07:05 PM
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Foal
Blanket Questions!!

I am hoping someone can help! I have a 3 yr old gelding whom I got this summer from the kill pen. He was very thin, bad hoofs, had been body clipped very close (dont know why). He has gained weight, muscle, and his hoofs are improving. His hair grew back in a fuzzy "afro" manner over the summer, and now that it is fall and he should be shedding his summer coat and getting in his winter coat he is shedding the fuzz and getting a summer coat. I am in vermont, where it has been 20-30 at night and 50-60 during the day. Right now he is at a friends house who can stall him in bad weather, but at my barn he shares a run in with my rocky mountain who gets a wooly bear coat for winter. I want to blanket my 3 yr old when he comes home (in a couple of weeks), but am not sure what I should use/where I should start for a blanket. I don't want to prevent him from getting a winter coat, but I don't want him to be cold. It can get as cold as 0 in mid winter, but not very often below 0, only occassionally.
     
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    10-16-2010, 09:58 PM
  #2
Trained
I'm not sure at this point I would be comfortable leaving him out 24/7, but then I tend to be a bit cautious. Does he currently have anything on? Or nothing since he is in at night?

It worries me that at some point he will get cold and wet, start shaking and not be able to be brought in. It doesn't sound like he has the body fat (or the fur) necessary to be ok outside right now.

I personally would probably have a sheet, lightweight, med and a heavy, altho you can probably layer the light and med to come pretty close to equalling a heavy weight. Just more difficult to deal with. He will need a very close eye, and monitoring all winter, IMO. Guess I would have it all, to give me the greatest flexibility for layering should you need to. (also if one gets wet.....have something to put on him)
     
    10-17-2010, 07:21 PM
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Foal
Unfortunatly at my barn there are no stalls for horses. There is woods where he can get out of the weather, and a 3 sided run in, but that is it. I found a used non-filled blanket today that is used (but lined, not just a plain sheet), that I am going to put on him for now. It needs to be stitched, and isnt fancy, but it will help. Ill save up for the rest of the blankets. I just lost my job. Ugh.
     

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