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    01-12-2013, 09:33 PM
  #11
Foal
See the reason why I asked was because a couple of days ago it rained, which by the way it hasn't done in forever. And it was really cold. I was a little worried about him although he does have windbreak, but not very much and none if it comes from the south would it be okay just to get a rain sheet without any fill just to put on when its rainy or should I get a blanket with little fill like Tiamo said? Right now they get a lot of hay but most is alfalfa and a little grass. I have been wanting to build some slow feeders built. They all usually have their food gone in about an hour and a half. I know it's bad that they don't have anything else, but without the slow feeders, I'm gone at school until four, so it's not like I can just go and feed them a flake or two.
     
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    01-12-2013, 09:44 PM
  #12
Weanling
I have 4 horses and the only one that I blanket more than average is my senior who is pushing 31 now. He's not easy to keep weight on and blanketing him when it's cold keeps him from burning so many calories to stay warm on his own. He also can't eat hay anymore. I push the beet pulp and he loves it, but I feel blanketing him can only help. The other 3 have blankets but I only do them when it's raining/sleeting and windchills start reaching the teens. If it's just cold, no moisture, they are fine. They have adequate shelter and I feed plenty of hay. They never seem uncomfortable.
     
    01-12-2013, 10:24 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by mammakatja    
I have 4 horses and the only one that I blanket more than average is my senior who is pushing 31 now. He's not easy to keep weight on and blanketing him when it's cold keeps him from burning so many calories to stay warm on his own. He also can't eat hay anymore. I push the beet pulp and he loves it, but I feel blanketing him can only help. The other 3 have blankets but I only do them when it's raining/sleeting and windchills start reaching the teens. If it's just cold, no moisture, they are fine. They have adequate shelter and I feed plenty of hay. They never seem uncomfortable.
See that's what I was thinking. Just to get him one that if it gets bad out since the other two horses are terds. I wouldn't always blanket him. Just when it's nasty out. He hates being penned up in the other part of the barn, and then I have to pen the other two up because otherwise they will freak out, so it's sorta stupid how they won't let him in but hate it when I take him away. Also if I would just get one for rain and wind I should just get a no fill right?
     
    01-12-2013, 10:31 PM
  #14
Weanling
The only reason I blanket my horses is because of the rain. Their winter coats can keep them warm, but once they are wet, and it gets really cold, they shake and freeze. If I was anywhere where it didn't rain about 300 days a year I wouldn't blanket unless something called for it.
     
    01-12-2013, 10:33 PM
  #15
Yearling
I live in Michigan. Where one day its 65 degrees and the next day its 22. I blanket my horse, for that reason. Of course, when it shoots out like that.

When its freezing rain, down-pour snowing, etc. I would also blanket in that weather.
     
    01-12-2013, 10:46 PM
  #16
Foal
So no fill or light fill? It usually rains a lot in spring and part of summer. We also have the weather like that too. I absolutely hate it. For example a few days ago I could've went out comfortably in a longs sleeve. Then the next day it rains and is in single digits. The next few days are supposed to be in the twenties.
     
    01-12-2013, 10:52 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Whether or not to blanket varies completely on the individual horse. My mare gets a nice winter coat for the first month and a half or so of winter, then she sheds every ounce of it out. Not kidding. She has done it her whole life and she ends up with her sleek should-be-summer coat when the temperatures are just beginning to actually get cold.
So, once she sheds it out, she gets blanketed at my discretion.

I believe I saw a reference to the study on horse blanketing, supposedley done at CSU. That study was a hoax, there is no credibility to it whatsoever.

Blanketing is very necessary for some horses, not for others.
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    01-12-2013, 11:27 PM
  #18
Weanling
Don't know what fill. Here we have a damp cold and it is really cold at -3 so I use a medium fill mostly but sometimes a heavy weight on my senior horse. I rarely use a sheet with no fill as if they are blanketed it flattens their hair, so if I put a sheet on I use a liner under it or a stable blanket. Check your horse and feel under the blanket to see how they are. I like medium fills I use them most often. If your weather changes so often maybe a sheet and a stable blanket under it or a liner would be your best bet as it gives the most versatility.
     
    01-13-2013, 12:33 AM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by Mochachino    
Don't know what fill. Here we have a damp cold and it is really cold at -3 so I use a medium fill mostly but sometimes a heavy weight on my senior horse. I rarely use a sheet with no fill as if they are blanketed it flattens their hair, so if I put a sheet on I use a liner under it or a stable blanket. Check your horse and feel under the blanket to see how they are. I like medium fills I use them most often. If your weather changes so often maybe a sheet and a stable blanket under it or a liner would be your best bet as it gives the most versatility.
Okay that's probably the best. There are days where wouldn't blanket him because its just cold, but when it's windy and depending where the wind comes from he would be fit from it, as I am in the process of putting fence up in most of the pasture to keep them from ruining it. I really don't want a heavy blanket or even a medium because he has a pretty good coat on him.
     
    01-13-2013, 01:21 AM
  #20
Green Broke
The majority of the time, blanketing is more for the peace of mind of the owner than for the horse. Usually the horse does not need them. It can be beneficial for the horse that has a hard time keeping weight on, one that is old, one that can't chew very well or one that has health issues.

We just had a storm come through. It started with rain and changed to snow. The temps went from mid 30's when the rain started to negative temps now. None of our horses are blanketed. They only have trees for shelter and windbreak. I've been going out to check on them every so often, about twice a day. None are shivering, even our 8 month old or our other three that don't get good winter coats. They do have hay 24/7 and heated water troughs.

If the horse is used to the weather, they should do fine. If a horse was moved here from warmer temps, then maybe I would blanket for this winter.

If it makes you feel better blanketing the horse, go for it. Just remember, once you start, you may have to keep blanketing the rest of the winter. Even just using a sheet will push the hair down.
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