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post #1 of 9 Old 08-25-2010, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hot now, or cold later?

The other morning, I got to the barn a little earlier than normal to find my mare shivering violently. It was a bit chilly, but being such a princess, she was freezing. So I've been putting her blanket on at night. The problem is that sometimes when I'm there to feed dinner [I feed before work and after work] it's still rather warm out. So I've always kinda wondered about putting her blanket on then. When it's extra warm, I stall as long as possible, but I still figure she'd rather be a bit too warm then than be so cold later. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-26-2010, 12:02 AM
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I would only be concerned if there was a chance she might start sweating under the blanket. If she does and it(the sweat) stays on her all night, making her more cold you could cause more problems.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-26-2010, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Nah, I don't think so. She's perfectly dry in the morning and doesn't have any sweat marks. She is also at a decent, normal temperature come morning. But I'm glad you brought it up, I can't say I actually thought about that. However, it still doesn't get all that cold at night, 55 or 60. She's just a baby. =]
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-26-2010, 12:19 AM
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I don't personally blanket my horses, but if she needs it and isn't sweating I would say go for it. If she had free choice hay at night that may help her to stay warm too. :)

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I blanket her, but not my little one. As I said; she's a baby. She was a pampered show horse for most of her young life and is just used to it. I was going to continue blanketing her at night, regardless. I was just wondering what other people's thoughts were regarding hot now or cold later. =]

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The free choice hay is a good point. Eating causes the metabolism to rise, and that makes body temperature rise. Its an option if you don't want to blanket her I guess.. Lol. Poor spoiled show horse! :P

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It is but not entirely plausible. Ricci prefers "fresh" hay. Haha. Sometimes she doesn't finish her hay because the grass is much more tempting, so when I don't give her new hay that night, she is just totally flabbergasted that she has to eat the old stuff. Seriously, she pouts. And there's nowhere to keep it that it could stay dry, she also turns her nose up at wet hay. And lastly, they are both very easy keepers. Very very easy keepers. I only feed 4 flakes a day to the two of them. Once winter hits I'll up it to 5, maybe 6, and add beet pulp. .
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She's pathetic, I know. =] I just don't see the point in turning her world upside down when it wouldn't make things any easier for me anyway. I tried to make her stand out in the rain once so I could sweep out her run-in, and she about had a heart attack. Poor mare, the things I do to her. =D

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