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    12-01-2010, 02:48 PM

So I posted pictures of my horse Twinkie in his blankies on another website. Its been getting extremely cold at night around 20degrees, and this is in california. My horse Twinkie doesnt have much of a winter coat right now so i've been blanketing him. Well some 15 year old replied who has never had a horse before saying its not good to blanket horses it throws them off and they have made it years in the wild without blankets.

This kinda irked me and made me laugh at the same time, theres a reason MOST wild horses don't make it to an older age. I have a 20yro appaloosa who is extremely hard to keep weight on, he cribs. So we got him a cribbing color and he gained most his weight back and we blanket him with a pretty heavy blanket at night because when their cold they shiver to conduct heat, shivering burns calories thus he will loose weight.

So what about you are you for or against blankets?
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    12-01-2010, 03:01 PM
I rugged my show mare in September wiht a lightweight outdoor the air temo was about 13-14*C in October I moved her up to a medium weight and hard feed. Now she is stabled in 2 rugs one medium one heavy and she is toasty. I ride her in a riding rug and when she gets turned out with her buddies(about twice a week depending on ground temo and conditions) she wears a heavy rug over a medium.
She is the only one who gets treated like a princess the rest have no rugs or one rug for the stable.
    12-01-2010, 05:36 PM
I see no problem using blankets, especially if a horse needs it.

For example, my horse has lived in south Texas his entire life where it MAYBE gets to freezing in the winters, but this is his first winter in Colorado, so I made sure to get him a heavier blanket since it can easily reach the negatives here. It honestly depends on the horse. Besides the horses we keep as companions and riding animals aren't "wild horses" so it's a little ridiculous to try and compare the care they receive to how wild horses survive.

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