i have been doing a little research on winter blankets for my horses. and it seems as though winter has crept up on me sooner than i had expected (and wanted).
the horses have no seperate stables, but they have an open shed style barn with walls and roof, just no full front door enclosure. which works fine since the wind 9 times out of ten blows from the west to east. it has a fence around it, so they can be kept in it if need be.
i cant decide if i want to go with a turnout blanket or a stable blanket.
from what i have read stable blankets are generally heavyer, but turnouts are more durable.
the past two days it has been roughly 25, and light snow. their coats are getting fuzzy, so i think any day i can and should put a blanket on.
is it too soon for a heavy blanket?
now here is the rough part. it is not unusual to get to 20-30 below 0 with the wind chill.
(it has not been this cold yet, but i am sure by december)
has anyone used 2 blankets?
and at what temp/weather conditions should a blanket be used?
i have lived here for 3 years, and i have never seen any of my neighbors use blankets except 1 other and myself. (i sent my old blankets with the other horses i sold)
they have been born and raised in this country so i am sure it is not a shock for them. they dont act too cold yet, as they are moving through the pasture and not hangin in the barn all day
but i still feel sorry for them cuz it is so freakin freezin-just want them to be cozy.
thanks for the info!