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Blanketing horse: yes or no?

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    View Poll Results: Do you blanket your horse(s)?
    Yes 32 68.09%
    No 15 31.91%
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        01-06-2008, 06:12 AM
    Mine are out in the paddocks 24/7. My mums horse gets rugged in winter, my horse all year round. He is grey, so right now in the middle of summer he has a light sheet combo on him just to keep the sun off him to help prevent skin cancer in the years to come, and he doesn't get a thick winter coat, so he gets rugged in winter.
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        01-07-2008, 05:01 PM
    I only blanket them when its really really cold! :roll:
        01-07-2008, 11:05 PM
    Under 50 or so degrees and they get a blanket! Below twenty or so at night and they get two! (if they're stalled in the non-heated barn.. the heated barn gets their blankies off at night).. Any type of winter precipitation calls for a blanket and hood..

    My horse has a really thick winter coat, and he's been blanketed every winter for as long as I've had him (almost eight years).. I think some horses naturally don't produce as fuzzy and warm a winter coat as others.. but I do think nature also runs its course and takes care of our guys..

    If it gets below 30 in the winter, I think it would be absolutely necessary for a blanket. But anything above that (unless they get turned out in freezing rain/snow) I think a normal winter coat could handle the heat..
        01-07-2008, 11:08 PM
    This is the first year that I have blanketed my mare. I really like it!!
    Her blanket sure does keep her cleaner, warmer, and I think it's been helping her maintain her weight!
        01-08-2008, 08:19 PM
    I don't blanket mine ever. Unless I am trailering them on a cold day. They have an open barn to get into whenever they want. It can get below 0 degrees some nights here, but their winter coats take care of them. As long as they have hay and water they are fine. Some days when it is like 25 and above they will lay down in the hay as if they were on a beach. They also love to run around in the snow. They seem like to cold weather as much as I do. (I am a skier.) 8) People don't realize that horses are naturally comfortable in a temperature between 15 and 65 above. So zero degrees for them is only a little chilly.
        01-14-2008, 11:58 AM
    Its the first winter blanketing for me too.
    My horse thinks I'm an idiot since he's from a ranch, broke western and then roamed free in a field for 4 years before I got him. He gets a little ticked when he sees me coming with it but I love it. Aside from the fact that its hard to do up and undo buckles when you can't feel your fingers (Canadian winters) its great. He stays clean and doesn't get a huge coat!
        01-14-2008, 12:11 PM
    Infact I did get light-weight blanket (waterproof with some insulation). I put it on them when it's below 20 (those days we usually also have horrible wind). Paint was confused at first, but easier on 2nd time (I blanketed only twice so far). QH loved it (but I used it on her when she was yearling).
        01-14-2008, 04:23 PM
    Well, we are in the middle of a cold snap here:
    46 degrees F BELOW ZERO in town and between 20 and 35 below at our house (We live in the hills where it is warmer)!

    The geldings 8 and 19 years in the field are doing great - no blanket - just brushing off the layer of snow they accumulate.

    Our pregnant mare is doing great - very fuzzy coat - no blanket.

    My stallion is having a wimpy year - bad coat - having a hard time during this cold snap - he is wearing a heavy weight blanket over night, getting brushed and having it removed during the day.

    They are all getting a lot of extra food.
        01-14-2008, 05:42 PM
    Horses naturally provide blankets for themselves, they get winter fur. So if you are alright with having a horse with winter fur and enduring the whole shedding thing come spring time, then I wouldn't recommend blanketing her. If you show in winter time and don't want the winter fur, then yes, I would blanket the horse. Also blankets can get your horse very sick, blankets make the horse sweat and then the sweat freezes on the horse, thus giving them pneumonia so be careful if you do blanket your horse.
        02-01-2008, 06:59 AM
    I have never put a blanket of any kind on my 12 year old tb. In the summer, lots of fly spray, and in the winter, he's like a fuzzy teddy bear. Both of our boys are in at night in the winter. I live in the great white north, and it's been real cold at times, but the boys are holding up well, and they love to play in the snow. When they are out, they have an open access condo, and when they choose to go in, they have a bed of straw that is 4 feet deep.

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