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post #1 of 5 Old 12-14-2012, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Here goes ANOTHER blanketing thread!

I know may people are split, blanket or don't blanket. But I am one who will blanket when: it's bitterly cold, need to keep weight on, and when it's raining while it's cold outside, and windy. And yes, my horses have a wide variety of weighted turnouts and I do daily and nightly blanket changes according to the outside temp and weather.

My old boy lives outside in a paddock, with a covered feeding area to eat. He really won't stand under this covered area to escape the elements, other than eat. I have been blanketing the old boy only at nights, since our weather here has been unseasonably warm during the day, like mid to high 40's. It's a little warm for him to have even a light sheet on at this temp. I know it's still cold, but my guy sweats with a light on at this temp. So at night when it drops into the 20-30 range, I blanket.

Today it started raining. I couldn't get home from work in time to put on a blanket. Bingley is now somewhat damp from it, and it's gonna freeze tonight and probably snow. I don't like having a wet horse at night when it's gonna freeze. I am also leary about putting a blanket on a damp horse, as I worry he'll be cold and won't dry properly. What do I do? Thoughts please?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-14-2012, 09:22 PM
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I would towel-dry him thoroughly, blow-drying if you're able, before blanketing.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-14-2012, 09:31 PM
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Towel dry as best as possible then I would put on a fleece cooler under the blanket as that is designed to wick moisture away.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-14-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Duh! Why didn't I think about his cooler? Thank you! That will work!
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-16-2012, 05:27 AM
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I bought a chill chaser from Dover. They JUST had it on sale the other day too. It works great! My gelding needed to be sponged with warm water around the saddle and girth after a good sweaty ride. Temps were dropiing into the 20's that night, so I put the chill chaser on him and set him in the stall for a while. I was amazed how well it worked!
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