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  • can I harm my horse by improper blanketing
  • When to start blanketing horses to prevent hair

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    09-10-2010, 07:56 PM
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So, I went out to visit Lacey today (I've been on vacation so I basically hadn't seen her since last Friday! O.o ) and I noticed that her winter fur is already starting to grow in! It's already very noticeable to the touch and obvious when I look at her...
So, I'm wondering if I should start blanketing her now? I really don't want her to grow much of a winter coat. She usually grows about 4 inches of hair (no joke, she literally looks like a wooly mammoth, you'd think that she lives in sub-arctic temperatures, not temperate Oregon, with the way she grows it) and I would really like to keep it to about two inches this year... It was such a pain last year to worry about getting her sweaty, and then when she was shedding it was absolutely horrible! It got hot really fast so the poor girl was pretty sweaty just standing around!

My plan had been to start blanketing her in two weeks or so when it actually starts getting really colder here but I'm wondering if I should do it now? It's been getting down to the low 50's at night pretty consistently here lately... Maybe I could just blanket at night and take it off in the morning? Would that do anything beneficial?
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    09-11-2010, 12:51 AM
Well it's potentially blanket weather, but unless you plan on keeping a short coat i'd hold off on the blankets a little while longer :). Let her hair prepare for the winter. It can't hurt to blanket her at night, although I don't think you really need to!
    09-11-2010, 01:55 AM
I only blanket in extream cold
    09-11-2010, 08:58 AM
I have started blanketing at night to control hair growth you have to get up quite early in the morning so they don't sweat under the rug.
If she is hot when you take the rug off id say leave it another few days and try again
    09-11-2010, 09:14 AM
Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
I have started blanketing at night to control hair growth you have to get up quite early in the morning so they don't sweat under the rug.
Blanketing will not prevent hair growth - it's going to come regardless unless the horse is under lights...
    09-11-2010, 09:22 AM
If I blanket just as the moult starts my horses winter coat is half what it is when I don't blanket.
    09-11-2010, 10:46 AM
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I had, somehow, been under the impression that blanketing does stop hair growth... Now that I think about it, that doesn't really make sense, but whatevs... So basically her hair is going to grow like crazy, because of the changes in daylight, no matter how warm she is?

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