Hi, so the place i'm moving my horse to does not have shelters in the paddocks. When I asked about this I was told it was because the trees run 360° around the farm, so the wind never gets very bad (we were out there on a very windy day and I must say the wind was far worse outside of the property than it was where the horses were, so I agree completely) however I know we get hard snow storms every now and then. Right now my boy has a medium thickness, water proof, winter blanket that he wears all winter. Is this adequate protection during bad snow storms? Or should I double up? If I do double up, do I just put a wool sheet with leg straps/chest straps/tail band underneath the winter or would I need a special type of blanket? There are no trees in the paddocks but thay are on a slight hill, if that matters at all. Would it also be good to get a hood to put on his winter blanket for those really bad days? My horse is one of those babies who runs for his shelter the second the clouds hit, so that's why i'm worried about him.
I'm also a bit concerned about the summer months and heat? Do horses tend to use their shelter as a "nice shady spot" to cool off, or are they an animal who is comfortable in warm weather. Because of the lack of shelter should I maybe shave him down when summer hits to help him cool off more, or just leave it up to him to shed as much as he wants?
Thank you, help and opinions are greatly appreciated =)