11-12-2013, 02:43 PM
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We had some horses go this fall from MA to TX for a week. They were blanketed before going then blanketed after coming back. At this point they are blanketed regularly anways, so if they went now we would probably throw on a liner to add a little warmth. You don't need a climate controlled stall unless you have something very drastic. Just reasonable maintenance. So from southern CA to CO in the winter I would blanket, and depending on the weather and the horse maybe keep them in a stall for a little bit. Just try to do what you can on both ends to match the climate. In the opposite clip them, keep them in front of a fan if need be. Some horses will need more care than others.
No, and no. Wet plus cold isn't good for anything. Make sure they are dry before exposing them to the elements. If they are actually wet or steamy I would put a cooler on, then maybe a blanket on top. Very hot I will let them cool down before putting a blanket on. Coolers are a saving grace this time of year. Just think what can you do to keep them comfortable, what would you want done in reverse? Think of black beauty where the well meaning boy almost kills him, tacky but a good example. It's more "health sense" then "horse sense"
This ties in to your first question. Depends on the horse and the climate. For a healthy reasonably hardy horse go for it. Expect them to be more sensitive to bugs or bad weather and maybe keep them in during those times. (If coming from a heated barn they will need a blanket, etc) It also depends on the horses past (did they use to be an outdoor horse?) If transitioning to pasture make sure to actually transition them onto the grass, start off slow and work up to full time. This is the important part. For some horses (sensitive or prone to getting silly and hurting themselves, coming off of stall rest, etc) a slower transition is better. Ideally I would throw them out and bring them in if need be, maybe with a run in.