Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
flies are not a problem where I am, but I do have plenty of sheets to keep the sun off and the coat nice for show season. I use a slinky also. I don't put that on full time though (I probably should), but only after the bath, before the show.
In the winter (we get snow and cold weather), I try to avoid blankets, and let the coat does what it is meant to do, but when temps drop here (to about 20 below zero), and the horses are shivering, I put on a good thick blanket with a good amount of fill, that is water resistant nylon on the outside. Some of our horses never need a blanket, even at 20 below, but I tend to baby a bit in that weather. :) I try to have a good warm blanket on hand for each horse, plus one, so that I can rotate the blankets, and air out/dry out/ clean the one not in use.