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post #1 of 5 Old 11-03-2010, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Help with blankets

In previous winters, I've kept my horse inside during any kind of rain, snow, sleet or high winds and not put a blanket on him. This fall however, Drummer became arthritic and my vet said that the best thing for him was consistsant work and turn-out so he can keep everything moving. So I know that I am going to blanket him this winter. What I don't know is if that, since he already has the ability and will grow the hair necessary for this winter, should I just buy a waterproof turn-out and put a cooler under it when it gets really cold or should I buy a blanket that has a light fill or, does anyone have any other suggestions?

I really hope this makes sense. It's early morning and also being on the train to school doesn't help:)

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If he's got a good coat and you just want to keep him a little warmer, especially in the wind/rain, I always suggest a rain sheet instead of a blanket. It keeps them dry, out of the wind chill, and traps a good amount of body heat without having to worry about overheating as the temperature changes.

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I'd recommend a fleece line and then a turnout sheet. Just in case your turnout get soaked somehow the horse doesn't have to freeze. At my barn horses typically have 2 baker sheets, then a turnout, but then again they are clipped.

Otherwise I'd opt to get a medium or heavyweight turnout to avoid excess blankets.

Worse case scenario you will have to but him a stable blanket for when he is inside and can't move around to stay warm.

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-03-2010, 09:11 PM
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This is my first winter with my horse out too, and I decided to buy a lightweight turnout and found a used heavyweight turnout as well. I use the lightweight when it becomes below 40F all day (not just at night) and/or it's under 50 and raining. I plan to use the heavy weight when it goes below 20-25 during the day or if it's snowing. I'm hoping that is enough, if your horse grows a full winter coat like mine that should be good. When it rains and is above 50 I don't put anything on her, it's too warm to have any coverage, and a little water never hurt her!

Hope that helps!
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