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post #1 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question when do you blanket/rug your horses?

I was just curious.
I washed mine yesterday and my mom is putting on a hood for me.

I was wondering when is a good time to start putting blankets on them.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 07:07 PM
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I live in Oregon as well (up near Portland). Our barn will start blanketing in the evenings when it starts getting down to about 45F and then during the day when it is staying cold and wet. Most of the horses grow fairly good coats around here. My boy doesn't get blanketed except under a few of the extreme conditions we've had but as a draft he's never needed it (and I can't find a good size 103 blanket for him).

I know people that show will start blanketing sooner.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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alright, thanks.

My horse doesn't get wooley like a lot of horses...she gets a tiny bit of fuzz. I have a blanket for her because she is in a pasture and there are limited indoor stalls so she will have the oppurtunity to be in the pasture all year long with access to an outdoor stall if it begins to rain.
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 07:11 PM
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I've started to put lightweight turnouts on my boy.
He goes out in the field at night. I am rugging him up as I do not want a thick coat for winter.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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My horse has a sheet I put on her because she burns. I rarely take it off because she has got bad blisters before :(

I was thinking about putting it on at night
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My guys get a thin sheet to keep them clean the night before a show, and a mid-heavyweight stable blanket in super-cold conditions.They get fuzzy as woolie-bear caterpillars in the winter.

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post #7 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 09:25 PM
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hmmmm was just wondering this myself. Hunter is already starting to get a wee wooly and its not even cold yet. Sheesh he is like a llama in the winter time. Might start putting the light blanket on him soon.
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 09:30 PM
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Solon is shedding his summer coat like crazy like now.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 10:08 PM
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I live near Solon (near Portland, Oregonians unite! ) and I'm going to start blanketing Lacey in about 2-3 weeks. I'm going to start out with just a light blanket and move up from there. I really don't want Lacey to grow much of a winter coat (ie, only about 2 inches of fur instead of her usual 4 inches is my goal) because I do work her in the winter and I don't want to end up with a sweaty, woolly horse on my hands.

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post #10 of 13 Old 09-08-2010, 11:43 PM
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I didn't blanket last year here in San Antonio, but I did blanket sometimes in SC the year before when it was below freezing at night and didn't get above 35-40 during the day. I should say I only blanketed at night then...not during the day. That was the first year Cope had ever been blanketed in his life. He was 13-14 then. We never put blankets on them at home in Alabama. My in-laws also don't blanket their horses...ever...and they're in Illinois.

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