01-01-2010, 12:42 AM
| || |
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.