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        01-02-2014, 01:48 PM
      #21
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    1. Blanketing a horse will not stop its coat from growing - it might reduce it a little bit but not enough to matter. If you clip your horse and put the exact right blanket on it for warmth it will still re-grow its coat and need clipping again later on in the season
    2. Each horse will have a different threshold for feeling too hot or too cold under its blanket. A horse with a naturally thin winter coat will feel the cold more than one that's got a thick coat, horses with metabolic issues like IRS and Cushings can grow really thick coats but still feel the cold as can older horses so its impossible to say that your horse was toasty under its blanket at a certain temperature so everyone else's should be too.
    The one advantage with clipping and blanketing is that it is so easy to regulate how warm/cold your horse is simply by checking it and adding or removing a layer or changing the weight of the blanket. I've often seen unclipped horses that have thick coats sweating on mild winter days and feeling very itchy and uncomfortable
         
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        01-02-2014, 06:46 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    Round bales are usually the poor quality of hay and not worth square baling.
    Now I am insulted.

    My family does round bales and the quality is quite good.

    You've clearly had poor experience feeding rounds in the past by purchasing poor quality hay, but that doesn't mean all round bales are poor quality.

    Thank you very much.
         
        01-02-2014, 07:18 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by BornToRun    
    Now I am insulted.

    My family does round bales and the quality is quite good.

    You've clearly had poor experience feeding rounds in the past by purchasing poor quality hay, but that doesn't mean all round bales are poor quality.

    Thank you very much.
    I said USUALLY. Around here that is the hay they usually feed to cattle. Sometimes it has gotten rained on and such. If a horse is not doing well and gets plenty of hay I would be checking quality not quantity.
         
        01-02-2014, 07:25 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Our rounds are pretty good quality. My horse is a senior and a rescue at that. She cannot tolerate the cold. Has nothing to do with food. We haven't seen a temp above 0 for like a week and even that was extremely short lived. We will be seeing -25 before the windchill this next week. I want my horse toasty warm under her blankets. As is my barn is going to find somewhere to put her inside.

    Up here most people have no need for small square bales. Why make them if they aren't in demand? Almost all barns up here want large rounds or large squares. There is no difference in quality between a large square and a large round.

    I utilize many different professionals, including several vets for ways to keep weight on my horse. She must be stalled in winter. I didn't act quick enough to get the last stall before winter hit. She is on the waiting list now. To tell me I'm starving my horse and that's why she is losing weight speaks tons about your credibility. She has the most food of any horse at the barn shoved into her face. She is vetted every 6 months. I use some of the top vets in my state. She is not starving but rather burning too many calories. Her legs shiver even when her body doesn't. I really don't think some horsey snow pants would work too well.
         
        01-02-2014, 07:45 PM
      #25
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    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.
         
        01-02-2014, 08:14 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    I said USUALLY. Around here that is the hay they usually feed to cattle. Sometimes it has gotten rained on and such. If a horse is not doing well and gets plenty of hay I would be checking quality not quantity.
    You neither stated "here" nor Poopy's area when addressing round bale quality, leaving an open implication. "Around here" is not the rest of the general population. In this case, just you.
         

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