So I put a rain sheet on my horse for the 1st time. It was on for 3 days because it went from 70 degrees to 35 degrees, raining for 8-10 hours each day with a windchill. Then it turned nice again so I took it off.It was 70 degrees, now it has been really nice for a week,now the weather has only been going down in small increments. (ex. Mond. 73, Tues 65, Wens 58 with lite sprinkles. Now on Thurs. We are suppose to get lite rain on and off and temp's at 55 degrees.
My horses background: he was on pasture board for the last 2 years but always had access to a shelter and free choice hay.
We have moved as of Sept. 20th, lost a little weight (that is why I put him in the rain sheet , he was shivering)And does not get access to the shelter when the bigger guys are in there.
So now I put him on some calorie builder to get a little more weight for winter(I live in Minnesota) It is starting to get colder now more gradually then 2 weeks ago and I am wondering if since I put him in the rainsheet if I have to blanket him the rest of the year?
He is not getting the same hay or feed he was getting at my old barn, and the terrain is much more of a workout then he is use to.( lots of hills)
I really just want to know if you need to blanket a horse after you have just put a rain sheet on him for 3 days,once he is gaining some weight and a little more winter hair or if once you have put something on them if it stops some hair growth?
Sorry so long, I am very new to this part of horses.