Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
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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