Originally Posted by Clementine
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.
As said, get you a medium or heavy weight turnout blanky. Make it a turnout blanket. Turnouts are generally waterproof/windproof.
Be advised, once you put it on, you're going to have to leave it on until the temp gets at least into the 40's, or he'll get chilled as it will take several days for your horse to fluff his/her coat back up. It does mine anyway.
Some say their muscles that fluff their coats for winter warmth go into athropy when blanketed. I've had a vet say no, but it does take mine a few days to fluff back up.
I only blanket when I absolutely have to