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post #1 of 19 Old 10-26-2010, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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What type of winter blanket do you use?

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.
any ideas?
thanks for the info!
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post #2 of 19 Old 10-26-2010, 11:17 AM
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Many people don't even blanket horses. I do though. I put medium weight waterproof blankets (Saxon, I'm cheap lol!) on my girls when it's snow, ice, or below 20 with wind night (I don't keep it during day usually though).
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post #3 of 19 Old 10-26-2010, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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lol- i know. i just think it is so freakin cold outside! it is not uncommon to be 30 below mid day. i have a colt so i want to make sure him & his mom are warm. i think it might b good for the mare too since he is not weaned yet.
thanks for the info! i will look up the brand!

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post #4 of 19 Old 10-26-2010, 11:50 AM
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I use the open range blankets. I also have a BMB blanket. As well as sheets. Im in Florida... so luckily it doenst get near that cold... although we did get snow this year ! My horses are sheeted below 70, blanketed below 60 and both sheet and blanket below 40 w/ hoods. I dont like hairy horses... and I notice alot less hair when they are blanketed. And if its gonna stay in the 50s and 60s they are blanketed all day as well. All my horses are on pasutre... and I just us regular stable blankets.... and have yet to have a problem.

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post #5 of 19 Old 10-26-2010, 05:17 PM
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I probably rug too much - but I don't want my horse to get sick or grow a heavy coat.

If its under 10c at night, or if its raining or windy, I put the "light" synthetic doona (about 120-150g poly fill). I don't have a heavier one that fits yet but when its heading closer to 0c I'll be putting on a heavy synthetic, about 300g fill, and once its gets lower than -5c I'll consider an under rug.

These rugs are made for being out in the paddock, so they have 1200 denier, ripstop, waterproof outer. I think stable rugs should just be used for stables, or they get torn up. If your horse is buy himself with great fencing, then I guess you could look at a stable? Otherwise I wouldn't.
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I have Weatherbeeta blankets. I have an Orican high neck and a Taka high neck. They are both turnouts. If your horse will be outside at all, you really need a turnout. Stable blankets are not weather proof and will do more harm than good if they get wet.

Also wanted to add... I have not had personal experience with blanketing a nursing mare, but it doesn't seem safe. I could see baby getting tangled in the straps trying to nurse... Maybe I'm being overly dramatic. :) Someone correct me if I'm wrong... it just seems like it wouldn't be worth the risk.
Unless maybe you used one without leg straps (only belly straps).
I know one thing.. I wouldn't get a really nice one since the baby might think they make a great chewing toy :)
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post #7 of 19 Old 10-26-2010, 06:11 PM
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I would be blanketing in your situation OP. But, I'm a blanket wimp and my horses are not on big open spaces where they can roam the whole day. In my situation where the horses are on small paddocks during the day, very often in the rain a blanket is very necessary. Some breeds can do OK here without blankets, but not usually horses that are ridden every day and definitely not horses shown with any frequency. My horse has a nice thick coat that would keep him plenty warm, but...only if he's out and about walking the whole day and not in a small paddock or stall.
Mine are in Rambos which have separate liners so you can chose which liner suits your area the best. Last year where our winter was unusually cold my gelding was in 400gr through most of January and february and 200gr leading up to and after that harsh cold. This year if it gets that cold again I'll use thicker blankets because I find my gelding is a lot lot less explosive and stiff when he is kept warmer.
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I don't subscribe to any particular brand. As long as it's 1200 denier, it works for me. Less than that and they just rip before their even dirty. I have one that has 180 grams of fill, one with 220 and one with 350. I never use the 350. It would have to be -20 to justify using it Usually the 180 is fine for the average 20 degree winter night. I do let my horse grow in a good coat before I ever through a blanket on him in the first place. I usually wait until it's consistently in the 30's before I blanket.

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Also wanted to add... I have not had personal experience with blanketing a nursing mare, but it doesn't seem safe. I could see baby getting tangled in the straps trying to nurse... Maybe I'm being overly dramatic. :) Someone correct me if I'm wrong... it just seems like it wouldn't be worth the risk.
Unless maybe you used one without leg straps (only belly straps).
I know one thing.. I wouldn't get a really nice one since the baby might think they make a great chewing toy :)[/QUOTE]


i know, thats what i was thinking. . . but he was born june 4th and she doesnt let him nurse very much, but occasinally he does. i have found foal blankets with belly straps looking for an adult one.
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Rambo blankets are the best! They are waterproof and last forever

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