Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I 'm not a promoter of blanketing a horse. I believe that it is about proper feeding and proper care to promote a healthy thick coat for the cold seasons.
Now there are certain cercumstances where a horse should be rugged - when clipped during the winter months, left with no coat at all, they need to be rugged.
Horses who are left in a stall for the majority of the time, so they don't get to grow a proper coat - shoud be rugged during turnout during the cold weather.
And horses, no matter how hard you try to promote healthy coat growth - need to be rugged during cold weather. I had 1 TB like that, no matter how much she was fed and how many round bales she was able to stuff her face into - I couldn't get that coat to grow. I went out to the pasture to see her the next day after our first snowfall during the night, and she was standing under a tree shaking and shivering - so I blanketed her. She was just a horse who needed the extra help.
The majority of horses I've owned, rarely needed to be blanketed. Nelson used to be blanketed by his previous owner when out at the Eventing Barn/Fox Hunting Barn where he was at for 3 years. When we moved last summer, I thought I was going to have to blanket him, but I gave his coat a chance to grow - and grow it did. He was a fuzzy rolly polly all winter. Didn't need it at all.
I have 4 blankets though, stored away in my tack trunk for just in cases.
I feel sorry for horses who are rugged all year round, especially in the summer.