Originally Posted by Sonnyx12
I am not sure if this should go here, but I didn't find anything else like it, so I am sorry if it has already been posted.
I know everyone varies with turnout, but I was wondering generally what people do. I just bought my first stock breed, a paint horse. I am used to having warmbloods that don't go out if its too cold, let alone snowing or anything. I want him to be able to go out, and I realize there are a lot of horses that stay out all winter long without blankets. My horse has a medium coat, and I bought him a medium winter blanket with a hood. His pasture does not have a run it, so when should I not turn him out this winter? I am trying to find a nice used heavy blanket, but without there being a shelter I don't know if he should be going out when it is really cold anyways. Thanks in advance!
My mother's KWPN lived outside all last year and *surprise* he lived! My SWB goes out in all weather (he does live inside at night though), and where do you think all the Warmblood broodmares live?
I clip my horse in winter - but I leave his neck, legs and usually his tummy. All of the pastures at our barn are either shielded from wind by a patch of trees or they have a shelter. So for my horse he gets fairly well blanketed all year round (400g polyfill - regular turnout) and then in the cold snap he ends up in a 360g polyfill turnout (with neck) and a 300g polyfill stable blanket.
My mother's horse who has a "medium coat" will probably end up in just a 400g polyfill blanket in the cold snap and a 200g one regularly.
The biggest thing is making sure your winter blankets are waterproofed and windproofed!! This is going to make the largest difference to your horse. Remember that horses like temperatures around 0C (32F) and they do better in cold temperatures than warm ones as long as they are dry and out of the wind. Horses produce heat by digesting hay, so if horses have free choice grass hay and a shelter - they can stay warm in all weather.