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        11-24-2010, 12:20 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Would you blanket her?

    Cinder is overweight (yes I know, I can say it... she's getting signed up for Curves for Mares after winter is over lol) I do have free choice hay out for her though as she has been dropping the pounds since she's been with me. And mostly for warmth and the fact that my pasture sucks.

    Anyway, she came down from Wisconsin. The weather here was still warm when she got here but now, it's freezing. Last night when I got home from work at 11 it was 20 F. Normally I wouldn't consider blanketing, but she doesn't have much of a winter coat at all and now it's raining. The lovely ice cold rain type. And the weatherman says it's going to get colder over the next week.

    So... would you blanket?
         
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        11-24-2010, 12:22 PM
      #2
    Started
    If she lived in WI previously and was Not blanketed them she should be fine without one.
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        11-24-2010, 12:22 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Yes....
         
        11-24-2010, 12:42 PM
      #4
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    If she has adequate shelter that she will use if she needs it, I wouldn't blanket her. However, if she doesn't have shelter or she doesn't seem to be comfortable using the shelter, I'd blanket her.

    There was a good article someone posted a week or so ago when someone asked about blanketing that led to a website that talked about how horses can keep themselves warm with just their fur just fine, unless it's rainy (since the rain soaks them down to the skin and makes the "warm pocket" under the top layer of fur not there anymore) or windy (the wind zips through the top layer of fur and gets them cold).
    I found it!:

    Horse Care: To Blanket or not to Blanket by Cherry Hill
         
        11-24-2010, 12:57 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Ohhh Wallaby that's a great article thank you!!!

    So really, all I'd need for her is a waterproof sheet really then. She has a lot of trees that I've seen her go into when it's particularly windy.
         
        11-24-2010, 03:09 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    I would blanket with a medium weight waterproof turnout when it's raining and cold or very windy. I keep mine blanketed during these conditions when it's below 40 deg. If it's sunny, not windy, and not raining, then I leave the blankets off.

    We don't have good shelters ATM though, only a few scattered trees, so my guys need some extra protection. If you have a good 3-sided shelter that she can escape to, and put some hay in there, then she should be fine.
         
        11-24-2010, 03:49 PM
      #7
    Trained
    I wouldn't use just a waterproof sheet. It'll keep her dry but it takes away the natural insulation of her coat (by flattening it). I would use a medium weight waterproof blanket, so she is dry and has some insulation.
         
        11-24-2010, 06:29 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    I would blanket... but I spoil my horse.. for instance today it was hard rain and 41. He is overweight and goes out 7am-3pm. When I got there at noon he was shivering. Needless to say I was pissed they turned him out... especially after I made it known he wasn't to go out in anything but a drizzel. He barely has a winter coat, but its enough that makes toweling dry nearly impossible. So I'd say SOME form of a blanket..
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        11-24-2010, 08:21 PM
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    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
    I wouldn't use just a waterproof sheet. It'll keep her dry but it takes away the natural insulation of her coat (by flattening it). I would use a medium weight waterproof blanket, so she is dry and has some insulation.
    Thanks!!
         

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