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        01-02-2010, 05:24 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I would leave him alone and not blanket. As someone said before, putting a blanket over a winter coat will flatten the hair and just make the horse colder. Unless you clip him, I wouldn't blanket.
         
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        01-02-2010, 06:10 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Clementine    
    I don't think he's really cold, so I don't think I'll have to go with more than a turnout sheet - but I hate the thought of him standing outside in the wind and wet with snow, when I could buy him a wind breaker/"rain jacket" for less than $80. Does that make sense?
    I think you missed the point. O_O By putting any blanket on a horse, it flattens the hair. Your horse isn't that cold now because his hair is fluffy. If you buy him just a sheet and put it on him, the hair will be flattened and he will actually be colder with the sheet on then if he were standing naked in the rain. Rain sheets are more for summer rain storms. If you are going to blanket him, do it right, and get him at least a medium weight. =]

    And PS. I just bought my mare a Weatherbeeta and I LOVE it, it fits amazingly well. My mare doesn't typically destroy blankets, so I can't necessarily bet on it's durability, but it is my understand that the numbers in front of the title, like 600 and 1200 and all that, is for the strength of the material. Higher number, higher durability.
         
        01-03-2010, 05:36 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Okay, clearly we have some conflicting opinions here, since KristinJ said "Use the sheet for icy rain/snow/sleet/high winds", ShannonSevenfold and Kassierae both say that a sheet will just flatten the hairs and make the horse colder, and riccil0ve just seems to think I'm an idiot.

    I need a consensus here people, Jazz is naked outside right now in the 19 degree windy evening. :(

    Also, I never really got an answer about whether or not a fleece dress sheet layered under a waterproof turnout sheet would work. My thought is that it would either very easily rip, or become stretched out strangely, but I don't really know. I don't think Jazz would be very hard on blankets, he mainly just eats when he's out. :)

    I hate that I don't know more about blanketing - I've looked through all my books (and I have a LOT) for some kind of guideline and have looked into it extensively on the internet, but I can't seem to find the kind of information that I'm looking for.
         
        01-03-2010, 05:43 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    19 degrees is not that cold, to a horse. With a sheet or any blanket whatsoever the hair is flattened, and therefore cannot produce any heat, making the horse worse off than it was. None of my horses are blanketed, and it's been in the teens. Most people blanket their horses for their own peace of mind, and in most cases a blanket is not needed.

    Here's an article about blanketing, and I'm looking for more:
    Horse Blanketing Questions and Answers
         
        01-03-2010, 09:20 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    @kassierae - mostly it is the cold wind part of my sentence that has me concerned, although I imagine that the combination of the wind and the general temperature would make the wind harder to fend off.
         
        01-03-2010, 09:29 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    My main concern is whether he is happy and comfortable. I don't care if it's "not that cold" to them, or not that hard for them to fend off, if he is COLD and UNCOMFORTABLE at all, I'll pay $150 or whatever to keep him cozy. I don't see that there would be anything wrong with making winter a little easier for him. But if he's just as happy (or happier) to not be blanketed, that's great, that's $100 less for me to spend.
         
        01-03-2010, 09:31 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Does he have a shelter to get into? If he does and still chooses to stay outside, I would say he is perfectly happy. It is all up to you, but I personally wouldn't blanket him.
         
        01-03-2010, 09:37 PM
      #18
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kassierae    
    Does he have a shelter to get into? If he does and still chooses to stay outside, I would say he is perfectly happy. It is all up to you, but I personally wouldn't blanket him.
    I agree. =)

    I blanket my girl because she's a wuss about being cold and she doesn't have any shelter in her pasture. If she had shelter, I wouldn't bother blanketing her because she would have a way to get out of the elements.

    I bought her a WeatherBeeta Landa Freestyle and I'm very pleased with it. She's in a pasture with 7 other horses and it's only ripped twice when she got it stuck on trees. It fits her well and it's super cute. I couldn't be happier.
         
        01-03-2010, 09:56 PM
      #19
    Foal
    If you are going to blanket, you need to buy at least a medium weight.

    Buying just a sheet will in effect make him colder.

    I have blanketed by boy with Rider's Internationals Northwind Blanket. Mainly because there is a two year garuntee on the blanket if it rips or tears. I send it back or take it into a nearby store and I get another no questions asked.

    That's the best deal!

    It's at Dover Saddlery.
         
        01-03-2010, 10:23 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Clementine    
    and riccil0ve just seems to think I'm an idiot.
    Wow, if I offended you, I'm sorry. That wasn't my intention. You had made a post after several posts had been made explaining the flattened hair concept and you said that you wanted to put a sheet on to keep him warm. I was trying to explain in a different way that maybe made more sense why a sheet would just make him colder, and that you'd need at least a medium weight. Again, I'm sorry if I offended you, I don't think your an idiot. I only learned about the hair flattening thing a month ago. =]
         

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