Originally Posted by Production Acres View Post
Horse blankets are for show animals that you are trying to keep warm so that they don't "hair up",
um, no, if you have a horse that doesn't grow much of winter coat and the temps are down to minus 25F
they would be much more comfortable with a blanket.
We try to hold off as long as possible before putting rain sheets on, only to give them time to really get a good coat of hair. Once the winds and rain start, even though they have access to a shelter all day, we put on rain sheets. At night they are stalled without blankets. If they have gotten wet during the day we put fleece coolers on for a couple of hours to wick off the wet.
A normal healthy animal needs wind protection and a place to get in out of the rain on cold nights
Agreed, if you allow the horse to get wet then it's natural defense, the hair standing up, against the cold isn't available. If that's the case, they have no way to stay dry, then I would be blanketing. If the horse has also gotten really wet they need a good grooming once dry so that the hair can stand up if it gets cold.
Hay should be feed at a minimum of 1.5-2.5% of their body weight in normal temps, once your down into the double digit
minus temps I would be doubling that.
Makes the wife feel good to have full hay rings on the cold nights!
Good women, your wife.