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post #1 of 8 Old 09-23-2013, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Should I blanket?

I bought a new horse in may. She is going to be home alone (as in with out any other horses) The barn is insulated pretty good but it can get freezing in there. Temperatures drop pretty low during the winter around where I live. She grows a fairly good winter coat according to her previous owners but she isn't fat and doesn't have any other horse to have body heat off of. Should I blanket her or not bother I have a cooler for her and I am buying a quarter blanket so we can still ride outside when it gets colder. Do I bother I don't want her to get sick or anything?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-23-2013, 03:59 PM
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All the hay she can eat will keep her warm. For a healthy horse, that and a shelter is all you need.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-23-2013, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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All the hay she can eat will keep her warm. For a healthy horse, that and a shelter is all you need.
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Temperatures drop to below 40 degrees Celsius on a fairly cold day during the winter and then there is the wind chill to add on. Would that make a difference?
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I assume she is out during the day and in at night? If your temps are usually around 40 naked should be fine. If its going to rain or be extremely windy you can throw a light waterproof blanket or sheet on her to keep her dry. Take it off as soon as its over so her coat doesn't stay flattened.

All and all listen to your horse. If she is shivering or you notice weight loss, she is cold. Other wise she is fine, blanketing usually only makes people feel better
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Temperatures drop to below 40 degrees Celsius on a fairly cold day during the winter and then there is the wind chill to add on. Would that make a difference?
I think you meant -40 C.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-24-2013, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah ponyboy I did mean that just wrote it fast :) Thanks for the advice I think I just go with the flow see what she's like without a blanket first then if I notice anything different I'll definitely try one thanks to everyone help :)
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Whoa, -40c is equal to -40f... If that's the case my horse would have the whole 9 yards! Hood, belly band, and if they made horse leg warmers I'd buy them too! .... plus all the hay they could stuff into their face. I'm usually not the "awww pawh howrsieeee" type but -40 will bring that out in me for sure, especially at night!
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-24-2013, 09:48 PM
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My mare has been an only horse for a while and does well. She has access to shelter and I feed her round bales so she has hay 24/7. She grows a wooly winter coat and does just fine.
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