Should I blanket my horse for winter?
Golley has recently been showing his age, losing a bit of weight and getting a bit of arthiritis. Well, recently his weight has been everywhere. But it is still good - we had a vet come out and said he was fine. No one has been riding him, but he has been getting his exercise in the round pen, trotting walking and loping without a leadrope and no rider in the round pen. No rider and no saddle - just making that clear.
SO he loses some weight, sometimes a lot sometimes not very much, then he gains it back. And the vet said it's just his age and we described what we had experienced with Golley and his age and such and she said it was normal. He is just old and getting his old figure on.
We are feeding him cool calories 100 and senior feed along with hay that has some alfalfa in it and grass hay as well.
We are finally getting our well on our other property, YES!! So that means that as soon as it is finished (hoping water will come out because we live on a giant rock....not kidding) then after we get electricity for it and such, we can buy hay and bring the horses over! S excited for that!
But anyways, if we do end up getting the horses back (they are currently boarded) then the main thing I am worried about is Golley when winter time comes. Montana winter is completely unpredictable, but I last year was pretty warm with a hot summer and this summer has been pretty hot as well, so I am not expecting much snow again. But either way, I am wondering if I should put a winter blanket on him? Or just a light blanket that still retains heat.
I have never blanketed any of our horses before, simply because they didn't need them.
But now I think it might be best for Golley this year. For his weight and I have no idea if his winter coat will be fine or what.
But what do you think is best?
If we don't end up getting the horses over here before winter, then I was planning on putting Golley in a stable. But would I still need a blanket then?
So here are my questions because I know I am not very organized when I write.
- Looking at Golley's age (21) and him getting arthritis and losing a bit of weight, should I blanket him for winter?
- If he ends up getting put in a stall, should I still blanket him?
- Should I use a winter blanket or a lighter one that still can hold heat and keep him warm.
- Do you think he will be fine without a blanket? (I am most likely going to buy one this winter, though.)
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