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    10-29-2011, 11:46 PM
Blanketing a Horse?

Hi everyone!
We seem to always have a rainy and windy winter, so I was wondering about blanketing. My horses sometimes run around outside while it is raining, instead of staying in their barn, so their hair is always wet! I am afraid that since their hair is laying flat that they are going to become chilled. I do not clip them and they are brushed everyday so it would be taken off and they would be checked. Should I get a waterproof/breathable blanket? Or do you think they will be ok?
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    10-30-2011, 03:02 AM
It's a personal preference..there is no right or wrong answer.

Some people blanket some don't.
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    10-30-2011, 11:59 AM
Thanks! Do you blanket?
    10-30-2011, 12:09 PM
This topic has been coming up a lot lately xD

It is a personal preference, and a customized one depending on the horse. Like right now, I'm about to head out and take Indie's blanket off... because we had freezing winds last night, but are popping back up into the 70's this week- so leaving her in the cold was unnecessary since she won't need a winter coat for a few more weeks, it'd only mess up with the funky hot weather that came back through.
    10-30-2011, 01:11 PM
I only blanket when taking them from a warmer climate to cooler like heading into the mountains in early spring. Your horse will fur up nicely for winter and don't need blankets for help. I live in the rainy NW and spent 3yrs in NM where it gets sub zero, they do fine without. Key is for them to have a place to get out of the wind.

If you do shave or keep them under lights so they don't grow hair (show person thing) then they'll need a blanket.
    10-30-2011, 10:34 PM
We don't blanket unless it's some sort of special circumstance. Horses will grow a winter coat as thick as they need it. I've been told that blanketing (like many other things) is more of a comfort to the owner than the horse.

I have actually heard that blanketing in cold weather is more detrimental. Something about the hair not puffing up/out and insulating them..? At any rate, I don't know how true that is, honestly.

As far as rain goes, unless you have some sort of plastic rain sheet, I would not put a blanket on them. Standing out in the rain in a blanket means that in a few minutes, they are going to be wearing a sopping wet rag that will do nothing whatsoever to protect them from the wet.

If you're really worried, you could bring them in the barn if you have the option. As long as they have a shelter and the option to get themselves out of the wet and cold, I wouldn't worry too much if they decide not to use it. A lot of them don't.
    10-30-2011, 11:07 PM
I don't blanket my horses. If the weather is going to be rather nasty I will keep them in overnight then let them back out in the morning. They have a run in if they want but they much rather just frolic in the rain and snow. If I ever look out and they are all in the run in and shivering (which I have yet to see) then I would bring them all in and dry them off. I live in NY where we get a lot of freezing weather but not very often below zero.
    10-30-2011, 11:16 PM
I don't blanket my horses, they are in the rain and stormy weather, and they do fine. I think good hay and grain is what is most important in the winter, rather then putting a blanket on you horse.
    10-30-2011, 11:26 PM
Originally Posted by walkingwest    
I don't blanket my horses, they are in the rain and stormy weather, and they do fine. I think good hay and grain is what is most important in the winter, rather then putting a blanket on you horse.
Yes hay is very important to a warm and happy horse, I am assuming you have a nice structure for your horse to get out of the wetness and wind? If so then you probably do not need a blanket. Not everyone is as lucky, my stall is still under construction, and the tree's she usually use are in a pasture that is closed for MAJOR fence maintenance, so a blanket in that case would be necessary in freezing rain.

But like I said, it's really a customize per horse sort of care, I don't think there is really any one rule for any one horse
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    10-30-2011, 11:38 PM
Yes, my horse have the option to get in if they want to, but alot of the time they just stand outside the shed with their butts against the wind.

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