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    11-01-2012, 06:59 PM
Question for horses in the west northwest (or other wet areas)

Having only recently moved to the rainy northwest, i'm dealing with some things that weren't really an issue for me before. What i'm wondering is - do you feel that your horse(s) need to have a rain sheet to stave off rain rot and other issues when living in a climate that's as wet as Portland tends to be?

I am moving two of my horses up here from the high desert and am unsure if they will need to have rain sheets as they will be outside in pastures for 8-10 hours a day (give or take) and inside in a comfy oversized stall at night. For reference, these two horses are both in good weight/health. One has had a winter blanket before in her life (it gets much colder in the high desert than it seems to get here in Portland) and the other has never been blanketed.

Any thoughts or experiences you'd like to share would be really helpful for me.
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    11-02-2012, 01:34 PM
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I'm not in the pacific northwest but rather northern new england. I don't blanket. I don't have rain rot issues. I hate seeing horses in blankets around here because it's wet late fall through the end of may. The blankets cause more problems than they are worth unless you have enough money to buy 3 or 4 good ones and rotate them out constantly so you always have clean and dry blankets.
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    11-02-2012, 01:48 PM
Horses can get rain rot if not given shelter.
It wouldn't hurt to have a blanket on hand.
Although Portland is relatively mild, after the horse is soaked, they can get cold.
And, mud. Ugh. Keep their feets cleaned out.
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    11-02-2012, 02:26 PM
If you're horse has a spot in the pasture where it can get out of the rain of its own volition, you probably don't need anything. For the most part rainsheets are probably a human convenience, I can go out to the barn and right away and I can put my saddle on a nice dry back.

If there is no shelter in the pasture, I do like to use a rainsheet as the horse has no other way to get dry. But like SueNH says, you're doing more harm then good if you throw a wet cold rainsheet on your beast and then toss him out into the rain. So having a couple that you can rotate during the wettest times would be the best.
    11-02-2012, 02:33 PM
Once winter starts in the Midwest, we have mud, mud, and oh, yeah, more Mud.
As long as your horse can get a daily break from wet feet, like a dry stall at night, he should be ok.
    11-02-2012, 02:57 PM
They all come in to nice big dry stalls at night so the sheets would come off then (for at least the two that don't need any insulation). The TB will probably swap from his turnout blanket to a stable blanket which will be nice and dry. This would, in theory allow the sheets/turnout blanket time to dry over night before going back on when the horses go out in the morning.

As far as shelters - there are huge trees out in two of the three pastures that i've seen the horses use as shelter.

blanketing help, rain, rain rot, rain sheet

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