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View Poll Results: Blanket or No blanket?
No I let him/her grow his own winter coat. 12 60.00%
Blanket. Always blanket. There's no other way 5 25.00%
I sometimes blanket. If it's below zero 0 0%
I use a sheet to keep the wind off 0 0%
I'll blanket when I feel like it. 0 0%
Other (comment below) 3 15.00%
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post #1 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Time delemas

Just curious to know who likes to let their horse grow their own winter coat in the winter, or buy a nice coat for them? and if you buy a coat when do you put it on?
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 02:33 PM
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I blanket my horse when it drops and stays below 55. He grows almost no winter coat at all and is just flat out miserable in the cold. I like seeing how happy he gets when he's bundled up.
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post #3 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 02:37 PM
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I ALWAYS blanket in the winter as I am wayyyyy to lazy to groom them longer than 5 minutes :0) As I have 7 right now it is just easier and less time consuming... even though it is not freezing cold here but anyway!
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post #4 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 02:46 PM
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I didnt blanket this year. But I didnt clip either. I'll only blanket when a horse is clipped, or when they're a bit seasoned.

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post #5 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 02:46 PM
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No blankets here. They get a quick brush when there is a break in the rain and mud.
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post #6 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 03:01 PM
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Only if my horse gets wet.

Horses can fluff and flatten their coats depending on the weather conditions, blanketing takes that ability away. unless you are able to have a few different weights of blanket and switch them out a couple times a day, I wouldnt do it. If you have a heavy blanket on for cold temps and the horse is comfortable, then the temp goes up by 20 degrees but you cant get out to the barn for a few hours? Your horse would cook.

My mares are out in temps between -50 to +35 all year with no issues. The odd horse that is incapable of growing a winter coat, is sick, old, clipped, or kept in a very small corral needs one.
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 03:31 PM
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No blankets here. Winter fuzzies. Well as much as you get in Florida anyway.
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 05:44 PM
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I chose other. My mare grows a great winter coat, but I blanket her too. She gets a lightweight (100 grams fill) blanket when it's under 40 and a heavyweight (300 gram fill) when it's under 20 or so. I'm sometimes concerned that I'm overblanketing her, but she never gets warm under the blankets. My mare is nearing 40 years old and she tends to drop weight in the winter. Blanketing her this much has been the only way she keeps the weight on, so I'm sticking with it! I definitely think there are horses that never need to be blanketed, as well as those who need to be blanketed often. I don't necessarily like blanketing my horse so much, but it's what works for us
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post #9 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 05:49 PM
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Nearing 40? Bless her heart! And I agree, I'd blanket her too.
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 05:57 PM
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I blanket all of mine. Even the broodmares who are outside 24/7 until they are ready to foal. Not only does it keep their coats nice, but it is a great desensitization tool. Blanketing also forces the owner to check the horses closely and often.

PLUS... I like dressing up my ponies
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