Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern Ontario
Definitely agree with this thread. Three of my four horses are blanket-free all year. The only reason I blanket my thoroughbred mare in the winter is because she's from Florida, and I live in Northern Ontario. She doesn't need to be heavily blanketed, but it is necessary because she doesn't grow a coat like the others do. Other than that, they all do extremely well. The other three are completely content even in -30 celsius weather, never seen a chill on any of them unless it's damp or the weather is bad, then they come inside.
Where I used to work, one boarder had her horse blanketed 365 days a year, 24/7. The only times I'd see the horse without a blanket was when she was riding. The horse was stalled 18 hours a day (private turnout), and turned out with a stable blanket to prevent the sun from bleaching his coat. This was in mid-summer (25-30 celsius weather). I suggested overnight turnout but that was quickly turned down. She didn't want him outside for prolonged periods because he could get injured (he was in a completely flat, electric fenced sand paddock with no other horses - he was a gelding, not a stallion) and didn't want him out without his sheet because he'd get dirty.
Now, I'm not into A circuit showing or anything, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I just find it sad. A herd animal who's meant to be outside stalled for 18 hours a day and turned out in mid summer with a stable sheet alone. Arg, don't mean to start a debate, just a personal opinion!