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        01-29-2013, 10:53 PM
      #11
    Trained
    None of mine are blanketed, either, except the old gal. They're furrier then woolly mammoths and doing great - even when it was -33 this morning.
    Got some extra bales today so they got six round bales in front of their faces they are happy.
         
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        01-29-2013, 11:06 PM
      #12
    Started
    Mine aren't blanketed either. With the -41 with windchill,thought they would all be in shelter today ...nope.
         
        01-29-2013, 11:23 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Two of mine are blanketed and two are just wooly beasts. The appendix mare has a very fine, thin winter coat, so she gets a blanket all winter. We changed it up for an even warmer version today as temps dropped down to -42 with the wind. My pony mare is only blanketed because she has been in training for the last two months, and worked regularly indoors. Now that she is home and temps have plummeted, we have to keep her blanketed for a good while yet.

    When it's really I cold, all the horses get extra hay and extra grain. I think the cold is much harder on me than the horses. They seem to pick the coldest day of the year when hubby is out of town to break the fence, so I was out fixing fence after work tonight. My old guy also managed to pull the insulating layer off the water trough today. Thank goodness we have plug in heaters, but I didn't appreciate having to fix the trough in this bitter cold. Lastly, there was a tiny bit of water left in the garden house we use to fill the trough. I was just enough to freeze up and plug solid between the insulated garage and the outside faucet, so now I have to thaw it and then blow it out before going back out in the cold to fill the trough.

    Yea, winter in Canada is awesome. Not!
         
        02-07-2013, 12:18 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I have an Appaloosa whos winter coat is super short we blanket her and my other appy we get just a blanket for the windchill we have had this winter. They both love them
         
        02-07-2013, 12:21 PM
      #15
    Showing
    No blanketing for us. My Percheron, Paso and miniature grow yak coats, and the Arabs and Thoroughbreds manage without as well. If they start to lose weight as it gets colder at night I'll have to start blanketing, but for now they're warm and toasty in their natural coats.

    On the plus side, Excel started shedding this morning! Spring must be right around the corner.
         
        02-07-2013, 12:46 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Our weather here has ranged anywhere from 5f to 60f (sometimes in one week), with snow/freezing rain. I don't blanket unless my horse is ill. She doesn't need it. She has a wooded area, tons of hay and a nice shelter.

    I did blanket when she became ill a month or two ago. I brought her inside for a week and she got a blanket every night if temps dipped below 30f. Other than that, theres just no need.
         

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