I have never blanketed my horse. He always grows a good winters coat, and I rarely see him shiver from the cold. But, I have also been boarding at a barn where I had access to a stall if I thought he was getting to cold. Now he is on private property, and there is no barn available, so if I go out and he is shivering, or seems cold, there would be nothing I could do for him. So I want to get a blanket to have at the barn so I am not stuck in a bad situation.
What weight blanket should I buy? I will probably only use it in the rain or snow, since he never seems cold in dry weather. I have heard that a blanket can press down the winter coat and make it less effective. If that is true then I can't get just get a light weight blanket to keep him dry and count on his hair to do the rest. Our average low temperature is 28 F. We usually get at least one or two good snows.