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post #1 of 25 Old 12-04-2010, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm wondering when to blanket my guys this winter....heard it's supposed to be pretty bad. My Percheron, Paso Fino, and minis I don't blanket, but I know I'm going to have to blanket my TB's....just don't know WHEN.

We've got 3 free-access stalls and an awning that overhangs over the other side of the barn, so usually the Perch, Paso Fino, minis, and one of the TB's go in stalls at night, and my one TB is outside under the awning (which will be turned into 2 more stalls and a tack room this spring!). I'm thinking she's probably going to be getting cold soon as it's in the high twenties. This week it's supposed to be low twenties, and at night it's s'posed to be dropping to the teens. 15....17....17....Should I blanket the TB's now? Only at night?
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post #2 of 25 Old 12-05-2010, 04:59 AM
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I blanket when the weather is going to be below freezing.

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My mare has been blanketed since before Thanksgiving but that is only because she is clipped

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I never blanket... in North Carolina, it gets cold, but not as bad as up north, my guys get a very long thick coat and they have plenty of shelters when they need it.... they are very happy and fat... once you start to blanket I think they get used to it and you will have to keep doing it.... I do feed plenty of hay when it's cold, helps keep them warm....

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Yes, they always have hay, but I'm concerned that my thin-skinned TB is outside (under the awning, but still outside) in the teens.
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Lacey's been blanketed 24/7 since the beginning/middle of November. If it's not wet and they have a good coat, I don't think I would blanket. Your TB's are youngish right?
I only blanket Lacey because she's older, she's been blanketed over the winter her entire life, and because, while she has shelter, she doesn't want to use it when it rains (it's too far from her buddies! lol).

Otherwise, my scheme for blanketing kind of goes along the lines of whenever I feel cold even with a coat/gloves/what have you on, I blanket.

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Horses tolerate cold much better than heat and they tolerate cold MUCH better then we do. When you are cold, its unlikely they are.

If you have shelter for them, they are fine in most weather. The Thoroughbred may be an exception if you feel he/she is cold (shivering, wanting more hay, voice "sounds cold") I have four Registered Thoroughbreds here, one does not grow hair and requires blankets the others are just fine all winter.

As a general rule I only blanket on nights below 10. If its a "still" night I don't bother.
Most of them only get blankets when its in the negatives - My famous saying to the "we blanket at 32 degrees people" is that ...If you blanket a horse in the 30's how is it still "warm" when its negative 20?

Otherwise, my scheme for blanketing kind of goes along the lines of whenever I feel cold even with a coat/gloves/what have you on, I blanket.
Blanketing all winter or "whenever you are cold" is not a great way to judge when a horse should be blanketed.

OP :) Regardless, use your judgment and do not over blanket.
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post #8 of 25 Old 12-05-2010, 04:48 PM
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You should rug up your horse if in anyway they feel cold to touch. Either out or when stabled.
You should always rug when you horse is clipped in the winter.
You can also rug up if you want to prevent them from 'fluffing up' too much in winter, so it limits growth of winter coat. If they are warmer then their coat will not grow as much to compensate.

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post #9 of 25 Old 12-05-2010, 04:53 PM
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I've heard you should blanket if your horses don't have indoor shelter to escape the cold and the base of their ears feel cold or they are shivering with their tail tucked under them and their head hung low.

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She's not showing any sign of shivering or being cold, but my mom's worried sick over it.
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