10-25-2010, 02:03 PM
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We always winter our horses outside and without blankets so up until now, we do our best to keep them as sweat free as possible. If they do manage to get soaked (Shay-las retired mare would work herself up just WALKING), we usually toss a blanket on and let them stand in the garage out of the wind until they're almost dry. But yeah, for the most part, we've turned horses out a bit sweaty and they just roll in the snow and go back to eating. Don't forget they'll get themselves sweaty in winter - I live in Manitoba, our winters are some of the coldest on record, and they'll regularly go for gallops in frigid temps and sweat themselves up. We've had almost zero instances of any illness during winter - we've had some get the snots in fall once in awhile when a bug is going around, but never had an issue in winter.
I intend to be working Jynx hard this winter, so I've opted to keep her in a box stall and blanketed. I'm debating whether to clip her or not, it would probably make my life much easier!