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post #1 of 6 Old 10-17-2011, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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To blanket, or not to blanket?

We are suppose to get a cold front tonight, down to forty supposedly. And I forgotto blanket my horse after we rode, do you think she'll be okay? She doesn't have muchof a winter coat either. They have a run in barn, out of the wind and pleanty of hay. And for my colt, he is six months old, would you say it's worth buyinga rug for him living in central Texas? Thanks!
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At my barn (in New England) we have been blanketing when the temperatures get down into the 40s at night. Not the heavy blankets, but stable sheets and fleeces. The barn owner is a big fan of horses growing out winter coats, but it hasn't been chilly enough for long enough for them to get a nice coat. My horse's winter coat is starting to come in, but it's not thick enough to keep him warm yet.
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Yeah, around here it is still in the ninties most days, but drops to sixty at night. The only blanket I have is a medium to heavy weight (I don't quite remember) waterproof blanket. I used it for my mare when we had lots of snow and sleet, not too common around here. She also had a nice thick coat and was pregnat.
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At my barn (in New England) we have been blanketing when the temperatures get down into the 40s at night. Not the heavy blankets, but stable sheets and fleeces. The barn owner is a big fan of horses growing out winter coats, but it hasn't been chilly enough for long enough for them to get a nice coat. My horse's winter coat is starting to come in, but it's not thick enough to keep him warm yet.
You'd be surprised how very efficient a horse's coat is as an insulator. I know that some breeds do not grow good winter coats and may very well need a blanket. But most don't. We had a lot of snow a couple of years ago and the horses literally had snow on their butts. It didn't melt because the fur is such a good insulator. Keeps heat in. But , it's critical that they have lots of hay to be able to keep their "engine" roaring.
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I have had horses in Northern Utah my entire life and I have NEVER blanketed anything. I've had arabs and thoroubreds and quarterhorses and none of them have ever needed a blanket. Horse blankets are more for the owners than for the horses.

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Alright, thanks everyone
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