Blanketing / Rugging pros and cons
I'm writing up a class for my students on blanketing. In the interest of educating the next generation with the welfare of the horse in mind, and with the understanding that most of my students are very new to horses, my instruction being the first for many of them, would the wise care to share some facts and experience they have picked up along the way?
I plan on presenting the difference in weights and deniers, from rain sheets up to heavy blankets.
How to measure your horse to buy the correct size blanket
The fact that you don't need to blanket as long as the horse has adequate shelter, but once you start you can't stop until it warms up
The myth that it keeps their coat shorter. That the coat is affected by daylight hours and nutrition.
How to safely put a blanket on and remove a blanket.
Any other myths? Misconceptions? What is the most important thing you think a new horse owner should know about blankets? What have you seen other horse owners do that you wish you could talk to them about? Feel free to correct any misinformation here, thanks everyone!