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    11-17-2012, 11:33 AM
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Green Broke
Blanketing question

So my mare is now body clipped and according to a blanket guide I found on Smartpak at 35 degrees the recommended weight for a clipped horse is a medium weight. At 45 degrees it's a light weight.

But my question is...what to do with the crazy weather now where it's 45-50 during the day and 25-30 at night?? I board so I can't be there to switch blankets so what I leave on her at 7pm in the evening stays on her all night and the next day until I get there after work at 6.

So would you rather over or under blanket?
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    11-17-2012, 11:36 AM
  #2
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I'd rather under blanket and give lots of hay, better than them sweating up a storm and then getting a cold chill.
     
    11-17-2012, 11:39 AM
  #3
Green Broke
If in a dry stall, under I would say. But turned out in wet weather, that is a different story.
     
    11-17-2012, 12:46 PM
  #4
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If you have a fleece cooler, you could layer that under the LW to make it a bit warmer... I don't know how well that would work but it might be worth a try...

Personally, for the conditions we get here (if it's 45* or below, there's a cold wind, lots of rain, etc etc) I prefer to over-blanket Lacey. Granted, she is older and her internal sense of temperature seems to be rather messed up (she overheats like nobodies business in the summer and gets chilled very easily in the winter). For her, 45* is perfect MW weather (unclipped - if she were clipped like she was last year, 50* with a cool wind is MW) and 35* is HW weather.
     
    11-17-2012, 12:54 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I am in Oregon and use a MW on both of mine. Gotta love that rain!
     
    11-17-2012, 01:01 PM
  #6
Showing
I attended the Smartpak blanketing webinar the other day and learned a ton. As far as over- or under- blanketing goes, it's generally a better idea to under-blanket if you're not sure, unless you have a senior or unhealthy horse that really can't afford to lose energy.
     
    11-17-2012, 02:19 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Well it's a little tricky because Sandie is underweight at the moment too...so maybe a good idea to leave her mid weight on to help her in our weight gain efforts?

Also I should add my mid weight is several years old now and started out as a fluffy 250g fill and is now kinda flat so it's more of the light-mid lol ;)
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