How do I go about blanketing mid-winter- my horse is losing condition

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    01-31-2011, 08:26 PM
How do I go about blanketing mid-winter- my horse is losing condition

Thank you for taking the time to read my thread.

My Mare has been losing weight the last 2 months and I am at a complete loss. She is eating first cut, alfalfa hay of great quality - 1.5 bales per day. She is eating beet pulp and Purina mare and foal feed. She is dewormed regularly. She has a 5 month foal, who I have begun to wean gradually given that the mare is losing condition so quickly. The foal is in excellent condition. The vet ran blood tests and she is a bit anemic, but nothing else showed up. Her teeth have been floated. I currently have the vet working on those problems, but I need your help regarding blanketing.

She has not been blanketed the past 3 winters. She was getting light exercise, but I have stopped that as well. She does not shiver, but the vet suggested that perhaps a blanket would be helpful. She has access to a completely enclosed run-in 24/7. I lock them in on cold nights. So, enough background, here is my question. How to blanket her? She has a full winter coat... It is -14 degrees Celsius here right now. Can I put a mid weight turnout on her? Should I try that and see if she sweats? Lock her in with her fleece stable blanket?

Sorry, I know this may seem like a dumb question, but I don't want to make things worse. Thank you for your help!
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    01-31-2011, 09:46 PM
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I have 3 horses that all live in the pasture 24/7, I blanket them in 600 denier/200 gm fill blankets, they stay in their blankets when the temps are below 35 to do the best to keep the weight on, my new horse was stalled part of the time before I got him & was not blanketed but I didn't hesitate, any loss of condition can result in a loss of muscle and it will be very hard for her to bounce back esp. Since weaning the foal. Good Luck to you, hope she improves right away for ya.

    01-31-2011, 09:48 PM
I would put the midweight turnout on her, and check her to make sure she's not to hot under it. Hope this helps spirit88
    02-01-2011, 07:47 PM
You just need to experiment a little until you find the right weight. If you're worried about her sweating, put either a knit cooler or fleece under a medium weight blanket. Check her after an hour or so to make sure she's not too hot. Even if she is on the warm side, the bottom layer should keep her from sweating. If she's too hot, just use a lesser weight outer blanket. My horse also has a heavy natural coat, so he's usually warm and cozy with a lesser weight blanket than a clipped horse.
    02-01-2011, 08:19 PM
I agree with the other posts. You can put the midweight on her and just remember to check her. I blanket mine, but I also try and let them grow a good coat in the fall. I blanket for warmth, not to keep the hair short, so it is mostly the same situation. It really isn't an issue, if she gets hot, just try a lighter weight blanket. Good luck!

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