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  • When to put winter blanket on horse
  • What is the right temperature is it appropriate to put blankets on a horse

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    12-28-2009, 09:28 AM
Winter Blankets

What would you suggest is the right temp to put your horses winter blankets on?
I try not to put them on as often, unlike the people who think as soon as they're cold, then their horses must be cold too. No offence to anyone.

Both of my horses have a nice, thick, winter coat. Generally, I only put them on if the temp is 30 degrees or less, and add in the wind/chill factor. I do put the blanket on more often with my mare because she's older and it's really hard to keep weight on her.

What do you do with your horses?
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    12-28-2009, 09:39 AM
Blanket all winter or not at all. You are actually making it harder for a horse with a winter coat to regulate its own temperature by occasional blanketing. If you blanket a horse with a thick coat they could get to warm. And when you take it off you have flattened the coat and it takes a bit for it to puff up again. I don't blanket mine, they have half the barn for shelter, so if they get cold they can go inside. Plus I don't have the money to buy two sets of blankets for my mare, and my growing colt.
    12-28-2009, 10:14 AM
My TB has almost no winter coat. It's there, but he's not super fuzzy at all....its like an extra thick show coat, if that makes sense. We've had some crazy weather, from cold to really hot and now its cold again, so its no wonder he shed it out. If its in the fifties or high fourties, he gets a nice stall blanket, but he can go out without it. If its below that, I throw on a lightweight turnout over it.
    12-28-2009, 10:20 AM
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This is the first year I've ever blanketed. It's mostly because the field Lacey is in doesn't have any shelter at all and at her age I do not want her standing around wet from the rain.

I started blanketing as soon as it got wet, so around Octoberish. It felt kind ridiculous to start that early but Lacey seems to be in much better condition right now than she was at this time last year, under the same sort of work.

I'm no blanket expert so I can't really help you out but that's what I've been doing. =)
    12-28-2009, 10:28 AM
Sillybunny, I don't agree with the statement.

Justsambam, we too have had some crazy weather. Just yesterday it was 41 and sunny, I woke up this morning and we had 5 inches of snow.

Wallaby, some horses need it earlier. :)
    12-28-2009, 11:13 AM
Sillybunny, I don't agree with the statement.
Sorry but its pretty logical. Do some research. I've had horses for the last 11 years, some needed blankets others didn't.
    12-28-2009, 11:27 AM
Green Broke
I'm going to have to agree with sillybunny on this one. I blanket mine or I don't at all. I had a rescue that had a nice, long coat and I didn't blanket him. My TB mares however, shake profusely when they don't have their blankets on. I have a sheet for all of them and a medium weight for two of them (the other has a heavy weight as she is the most sensitive to cold). If they get too cold even for their medium weight I add a stable blanket under it to make a heavy weight.

Anyway, I blanket mine when it's 30 degrees or under. 30 degrees for a light weight, 20 for a medium, and about 15 for a heavy (this is not including wind chill that always comes with the cold in KS)
    12-28-2009, 12:34 PM
Green Broke
I have light weight blankets. They are turnout that are just lined with wool, no polyfill. I only blanket horses that are clipped, old/sick, or do not have at least a 3-sided shelter to get out of the wind. My horses only had a one-sided shelter last winter. I only blanketed during that time if the temperatures were 40 or below and it was windy, or 45 or below and rainy/windy. If it was sunny outside, even with wind, blankets would stay off.
    12-28-2009, 12:49 PM
A one-sided shelter? How does that look? I'm picturing a wall stuck out in the middle of a :)
    12-28-2009, 12:54 PM
Sillybunny, I've also owned and worked with horses for 14+ years, I've worked with many trainers, every Tuesday and Thursday I do my job shadow with my large animal vet and I'm in college to become a large animal veterinarian, currently I'm in Canton to become a large animal vet tech, then transferring to Cornell for large animal science. I know the trainers of Gunther don't agree with it because they have had a boarder say the same thing. I'll ask Dr. King tomorrow and see what he has to say.

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