Attn Midwesterners: To Blanket or Not?
Hello! I'm from No. Virginia, a moderate climate, where I never blanketed my horses. Here in SE Iowa, the weather is harsher. I don't want to clip if I don't have to--I'm a weekend rider and only exercise my horse moderately. Do you guys put on turnout blankets when your horses go out? I always heard that a blanket will flatten the natural coat and possibly make the horse colder in the long run. Any ideas?
(I should introduce myself. I just bought a new horse--my fifth in my life. He is a true black, 15.3 hh, thoroughbred gentleman. I have a hunter/jumper background, but this boy is for trails, teaching my teenage boys and a little jumping and beginning dressage. Nice to be here!)