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    12-30-2009, 10:14 PM
  #1
Yearling
Question What is the temp. at which a horse should be blanketed?

At what temp. Should a horse be blanketed? Do you just need a fly sheet, and winter blanket for its "clothing"? I don't know much about blanketing so any extra tips are much appreciated
     
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    12-30-2009, 10:45 PM
  #2
Trained
100 degrees below zero. Anything warmer and they can do fine.
     
    12-30-2009, 10:47 PM
  #3
Trained
It depends on the horse. Most are fine without a blanket. Older horses, those with less body fat, etc may need one sooner. If your horse is wet or shivering, blanket him. Normally though, like Kevin said, most will do fine without one.
     
    12-30-2009, 11:53 PM
  #4
Foal
We usually blanket our horses between -30 and -50 degrees and feed them lots, but a good way to judge is wether they are shivering... If they are give them lots of extra hay, if they are still cold blanket them, you can even double blanket them if you have to... It really depends on where you live. I live in alaska so our conditions might be a little bit different than yours.
     
    12-31-2009, 10:12 AM
  #5
Started
Its not so much to do with the temperature as it is the WIND.
It can be -25F and calm, the horses will be just fine here. However if it was 10F and super windy, I have a few who will be pretty cold and need a blanket. Lucky for me I live in the woods, no wind and plenty of natural shelter.
     
    12-31-2009, 10:24 AM
  #6
Foal
Age and condition of the horse has a lot to do with it. Also the shelter that they have access to. If you have a barn with single stalls then they are out of the wind and rain and can manage on their own....again you would need to factor the condition of the horse. If the horse is old or very malnourished then it can't sustain it's own heat, so blanket them. If your horse is in good condition and at a good weight and he has a shelter (even a lean-to) then he should be ok.
     
    12-31-2009, 12:05 PM
  #7
Yearling
I live in in the OH/MI area so it can get pretty cold here. Thanks for the suggestions, I know a lot more about blanketing now:)
     
    01-01-2010, 01:42 AM
  #8
Showing
IMHO, the best thing that you can do for a horse in winter is make sure that they have access to plenty of forage (grass hay/alfalfa/etc). A horse's digestive tract generates a good portion of their body heat so a horse with no blanket and constant access to forage will generally be better off than a blanketed horse who is being fed only grain or is only being fed 1 time per day. Though the winters don't generally stay really cold here, there are nights that it gets colder than -10 degrees, many times with a wind chill that is even colder. My horses are outside 24/7 and none have ever been blanketed. Never had a problem with a horse being too cold.
     
    01-01-2010, 08:19 AM
  #9
Foal
All good answers, and also if you are in doubt, check how warm the horses ears are at the base. If they feel cold, then the horse is cold.
     
    01-01-2010, 10:52 AM
  #10
Yearling
Wow, I never knew you could do that
     

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