The last few winters have been pretty bad on my mare… I don’t really ride much in winter anymore, and am heading towards not riding at all during the colder months… but regardless of whether I ride or not, no matter if I’m feeding grain and they have hay or not, my mare has a terrible time in winter.
Last winter wasn’t -that- bad, but this winter has been horrible. It’s colder this winter than it was last winter, and my girl lost all the fat she had on her body -fast-. She’s lost weight, muscle, and looks -bad- in my opinion… Not neglected bad, but more like… well, just not cared for. And she is cared for.
I’m wanting to buy her a winter turnout blanket this year… before next winter… since this winter is almost over, I don’t see any reason to buy one right now (and right now I don’t have the money)… So with three seasons (Spring, Summer, and Autumn) to look, maybe I can find a good deal or something… but I also don’t want to buy a blanket if it’s not going to help.
I know nothing about the different types of blankets and all, so could someone help me out here? Knowing me, I’d buy some sort of summer sheet or something, thinking it was a winter blanket… Lol. I'd be looking for something that would help her keep warm, but something that doesn't cost a whole, whole lot and is 'easy maintenance' and durable.
Here’s how my girl normally looks when she’s at a good weight and all… (well, she usually has more weight on her than that… but that’s about in the norm)
And here’s how she looks now… (her winter coat is all grungy feeling and I can feel her ribs easily, though I can only see a vague outline them if I look at her a certain way)