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  • How to blanket horses when windchill is -25

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    10-15-2009, 02:13 PM
Horse Blankets?

At what temp do you blanket your horses?

I start at like 40F
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    10-15-2009, 02:24 PM
I blanket my horse after they get a nice thick winter coat and only if it's wet out, like rain ir snow. Also if the horse has health issues or thier age permits it. I have a 19yr old mini who tends to lose some wieght in the winter very fast so I blanket her on the days it gets very cold or it's a wet snow that's heavy. But in general, I try to prolong putting a blanket on my horses, I prefer to increase thier fiber intake.
    10-15-2009, 02:26 PM

I don't usually blanket mine, but sometimes if its -10 or colder I will put a blanket on my 20+ yo, I don't know that he cares much but it makes me feel better =]
    10-15-2009, 02:40 PM
Only if they don't grow in a thick winter coat and show that they are cold. Otherwise they are nekkid!
    10-15-2009, 03:23 PM
Green Broke
I actually prefer not to blanket unless it is absolutely necessary (determined each year on a horse-by-horse basis - ie if they are sick, changed climate too late to hair-up, etc). 99.9% of the time, I don't blanket at all during the winter -- here in Indiana or back "home" in the Idaho mountains. Our horses have always managed to weather just fine with their natural coats.
    10-15-2009, 06:02 PM
Brrrr... we are getting a heavy wet snow right now so we have blankets on
    10-15-2009, 06:35 PM
I wait till it's -20 with windchill (it gets to that about January here in MN) but I like my boy to get fuzzy :)
    10-15-2009, 06:48 PM
Maddy is getting body clipped next week so she will get blanketed when it gets below 65 ish ... as it gets colder she gets a heavier blanket.

Brodie isn't really growing a coat so he gets one when it gets below 65 too and when it gets rainy or colder I put a heavier blanket on him.

I don't like my horses turning into fluff monsters b/c I like to ride through the winter and too much hair makes it harder, they get sweaty faster and when it's cold we can't bath.

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