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 going to freeze tonight and probably snow. I don't like having a wet horse at night when it's going to 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?