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post #1 of 46 Old 12-06-2009, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Blankets.. for winter?

When I get my horse, I will be riding her during the winter. Mainly in an indoor arena, but it isnt heated.
I am wondering, when she gets sweaty after I untack her.. would she get super cold?
It gets to -30 degrees celsius here, but I prob wouldnt ride on those days..
It is normally about -15 degrees celsius or so on the average day.

Should I get a blanket/sheet of some sort, to put on her after I ride her?
Should she be blanketed all the time? If so, what type of blanket would be best for us?

Also, it is going to snow soon as well..
Thanks :)

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post #2 of 46 Old 12-06-2009, 03:31 PM
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If you are going to be working her hard enough to sweat, then you probably need to clip her. I live where it gets around 30 Farenhite, and I blanket at night on my horses who arn't clipped.

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post #3 of 46 Old 12-06-2009, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping makes her warm?
What type of blanket do you use?
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Yes, she will get cold. If you don't plan on clipping her (and also if you do) you should buy a cooler. It's a warm fleece or wool sheet you put on her while you are walking before and after the ride, then remove while you trot and canter. If you don't clip, you should also consider buying one or two anti-sweat sheets to put under the cooler to absorb sweat. Once the sweat sheet is wet, remove it and put on another (if you have two).

SHe should NEVER go to bed wet, but it can take hourse to dry in cold weather. Clipping might be your best bet if she seats easily, in which case you need several blankets to keep her warm when she's not being ridden.
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post #5 of 46 Old 12-06-2009, 04:06 PM
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I find that weatherbeeta makes a fine wick-away sheet.

1dog- don't you mean to say that you put on an exercise sheet not a cooler to ride with?

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I put cooler on my horse if she's wet after work out and it's cold (I mean below 40F). I got that pessoa one-size cooler from Dover and been very happy with it. Yes, your horse can get cold. I've seen that happened with other horses and it doesn't look all that lovely (runny noses, cough, and all other "fun").
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post #7 of 46 Old 12-06-2009, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much guys!
So to clear it up.. I should get:
- exercise sheet (while riding her)
- cooler (after riding her, and when its cold?)

Does that sound a good? Or, would it also be good to get a heavy duty winter blanket? :)
Thanks so much everyone! <3

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post #8 of 46 Old 12-06-2009, 06:41 PM
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are the people blanketing her right now?

I am an avid blanketing machine! Lol

After I ride I put on a cooler till she has cooled down all the way and then I blanket. I am in CA and it has been getting down to the 30's at night and I put on a sheet and a med weight blanket (200 fill) ... Maddy is body clipped also.

If you plan to ride enough to have your horse swet then you need to clip probably- that is what I would do. BUT keep in mind that if you clip you HAVE TO blanket.

Also I don't clip Brodie (he doesn't grow as much of a coat as Maddy) and I still blanket him with a Med. Weight (200 fill) at night when it gets below 50 degrees.

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if you need help picking out a blanket let me know- I love to shop for them! I have lots!

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I find that weatherbeeta makes a fine wick-away sheet.

1dog- don't you mean to say that you put on an exercise sheet not a cooler to ride with?
What's an excercise sheet? I warm up (walking) and cool out with a cooler.
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