I have not owned a horse where it snows. I now have moved my horse from sea level to about 4700 ft above sea level.
Some winters here can be very dry and cold, and also very wet with snow, it just depends on mother nature.
I know this area is ready for a really heavy winter as it has been quite a few years.
Anyway. My horse was previously in an area where the temps could go below the freeze temp, but it is not a snow area.
So I am wondering what I might do in order to prepare him for winter. A blanket is a must have here as the valley where he is boarded is notorious for some heavy snow and wind
Right now he is in a paddock with a shelter that has 3 sides. His old home was a 40 x 40 with a shelter but it had no sides.
I expect his coat to grow some which will help but being that he has never wintered here, I have planned if I need to to have him brought into the barn where he would have a stall with a paddock and then he could have shavings etc. But if I do that it will cost me a lot more money and if it is at all possible I would like him to stay in his current set up...I could possibly put shavings in his shelter.
Besides getting the blanket is there anything else I might want to purchase or be aware of???
It is not like he is the first horse I have ever had, but the first for this type of weather.
Funny I am thinking that far ahead as it is over 100 here today...lol
Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and how do you know what size blanket to get?
It can sometimes get down to 0 in the winter time. Does not happen that often but it can
What blanket type is your preference??