Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Where I am familiar with, rounds can be either high quality horse hay OR lower quality fatty horse hay or cow hay.
I agree that too warm under the blanket is bad, as it can lead to sweaty horses that either get chilled or wind up with skin issues/infections. I use my gelding's neck as my barometer for his comfort on the basis that the neck and chest is one area where hot horses sweat heavily. So when they are getting too warm, lots of blood starts going to the skin of the neck, and if they get even warmer, they'll start sweating.
So, I stick my fingers in his neck fur and take a good feel. If he's warm under the blanket, but his neck is still fairly cool, I know he's not getting too warm. If his neck is very warm or hot, I know his body is trying to shed excess heat and I need to take a layer off. Either way he usually feels warm under the blanket, though not hot or damp. He's clipped though, and with single digit temps here, blankets aren't optional. Warm neck = warm pony, hot neck = hot pony, cold neck = cold pony +/- shivering. Seems to work for my guy, though that's a sample size of one.