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    12-26-2011, 12:49 PM
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Weanling
Question Keeping a blanket on because of sacroiliac problems?

My mare has arthritis on sacroiliac joint, probably with calcification going on. I was advised to keep her hind end warm, so muscles are loose. Now I'm really thinking about blanketing her...

But I never did it before and I don't know how to do it. I got a winter blanket when I bought my mare, but I don't know when to put it on, when off... Should I have multiple blankets? Temperatures goes from 20 at night (35 in the stall) to 60 (maximum) at day when she's outside all time.

I was thinking about blanketing her even before, because I always have a hard time keeping her weight on in the winter (she already started losing it).

What do you think? Any other things to think about when blanketing?
     
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    12-26-2011, 11:22 PM
  #2
Started
It definitively won't hurt your horse, it will probably help, and is much healthier than many other ways of keeping horses warm such as keeping them in a heated barn. I would blanket during the night and take off in the morning (about 9-10 am) and put it back on in the evening (about 4-5 pm), if at all possible as at those times the weather starts to change to get warmer/cooler.
     
    12-26-2011, 11:27 PM
  #3
Trained
I know they are a lot of money, but you might look into Back On Track products. Many horses, people and dogs find great relief for their arthritis and muscle pain from these products.. I know I can't live without my back brace!!

Good luck!
     
    12-27-2011, 02:15 PM
  #4
Weanling
Thanks for help

I'll look for back on track and see, but vet was pretty pricey and it's even not over yet. Though, if it really helps...
     

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