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    11-27-2011, 03:48 PM
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Yearling
Question Blankets?

Hi! I have a question about blanketing. I have a senior quarter horse who is a hard keeper, especially during the winter. I have never blanketed any of my horses before but I was thinking maybe I should. I want to keep as much weight on him as possible and so I was thinking a blanket might help. However, I would not be there to change the weight if it was warmer or colder than normal. So, should I still get him one? If can easily get down to the single digits late in the winter. He can come into the barn at any time and it left inside for about and hour during the morning while he eats. He has all the hay he wants and is fed senior feed every morning. If I should get him a blanket, do you have any suggestions which one? Thank you anyone who can help!!
     
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    11-27-2011, 03:56 PM
  #2
Started
A blanket would help him expend less energy to keep warm and might make it easier to keep weight on as he'll need less energy. Does he seem to have issues eating at all? If he has problems eating, that could be a sign that he needs his teeth done.
     
    11-27-2011, 04:52 PM
  #3
Yearling
Yes, he is due to have his teeth done. He can't really eat hay/grass very well but eats all his grain. He doesn't have very many teeth and they are pretty little but we need to get the vet out to do his teeth.
     
    11-27-2011, 05:44 PM
  #4
Showing
I do think blanket would be a good idea. Personally I use medium weight waterproof on mine (by Saxon, the cheapy ). Be sure to get the waterproof one.

BTW, after reading your 2nd post... Have you tried hay pellets? You can also pour the warm water there making a mash so it would be easier for the senior horse to eat.
     
    11-28-2011, 01:42 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I do think blanket would be a good idea. Personally I use medium weight waterproof on mine (by Saxon, the cheapy ). Be sure to get the waterproof one.

BTW, after reading your 2nd post... Have you tried hay pellets? You can also pour the warm water there making a mash so it would be easier for the senior horse to eat.
I was looking on SLT and the saxon 600d waterproof med weight was the top selling. I was thinking about getting that one :) I haven't tried hay pellets, I will talk to my vet about that :) My moms friend who has a couple of senior horses said that she pours, corn oil I think, on their feed to help keep their weight up. I need to ask the vet about that one too, we use the same vet so he will probably say to do that, but I will ask him about the hay pellets too, thanks for the idea!
     
    11-28-2011, 07:19 AM
  #6
Showing
Any time!

Yes, Saxon 600D is what I have. So far stands for the 6th winter (even though it was one of the cheapest on market when I got it while back) for both of my mares! Oil is a good idea too - you may look into canola one rather than corn (because it has omega 3 as well while corn is just omega 6). Let us know how it goes with your horse!
     
    11-28-2011, 07:34 PM
  #7
Weanling
Up your feed and make sure it is good quality, plus blanket him. It should help him keep his weight up. Get him a medium weight turnout blanket - he'll be able to go into the barn when it is cold, but if it warms up some and you can't get to him, he shouldn't swelter either.
     

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