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    11-19-2011, 12:13 AM
  #1
Yearling
Horse Blanketing?

When to blanket horses? When do you blanket horse and what size? Light, heavy? I don't show during the winter and when I do I don't care if they are fuzzy! They are game horses and trail. Right now the weeks lowest is 6* and a high of like 32*..

Thanks.
     
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    11-19-2011, 06:28 AM
  #2
Green Broke
For a healthy, not clipped, horse that has access to free choice forage and some shelter, this is more of a human preference than anything else. If you want to keep things simple, the most important thing to remember is that a wet horse is a cold horse, especially in the wind. The only time we cover our mares is if it is going to stay around freezing and raining for days, and we use only rain sheets (typically called turnout sheets) that are waterproof, but not insulated to keep them dry. Just that and all the hay they can eat keeps them plenty cozy.
For seniors or horses that have a hard time keeping weight on, I would certainly consider an insulated blanket, however.
     
    11-19-2011, 10:05 AM
  #3
Banned
There is no right or wrong answer....though some people may give their opinion AS IF it was written by the finger of God!

It is what it is: owner preference. There is no set temperature whereby a horse MUST be blanketed, nor is there a rule whereby NO HORSE should ever be blanketed.

If you are asking for preferences, we prefer to blanket our horses. Shoot us, kill us, tie us up and torture us.. but, that is what we do.

Our rules are:
Horses come in during the night during the winter due to coyotes and bobcats...and the decrease in their natural food sources during this time of year. Wouldn't want them to attack one of our horses due to their starvation overcoming their natural instinct to go for smaller prey.



During the day, we blanket both our OTTB and our DRAFT with a sheet when the temps dip below 40 degrees. They live on the top of a mountain and it is almost always breezy up there. When it is raining, they are sheeted at 60 degrees or below. They are blanketed for snow.....we use a medium weight blanket for that. We do have a heavy weight blanket for the OTTB for when the temps dip into the teens or below zero. The draft does not have a heavy weight blanket as her medium weight blanket is sufficient for her due to her extreme fatness and hairyness
     
    11-19-2011, 10:10 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I am not a blanketer unless I have a horse in the stall and getting ready for show season. I worry about them getting tangled up in them as I see many that do not fit properly or not put on correctly. I think if you are going to blanket then a quality blanket should be used where most people skimp because of cost.
I also don't think people understand that you should have a spare so if one gets damaged you have something while it is being repaired or cleaned.

I am all for extra hay. Mine did very well at 30 degrees F below zero with plenty of food and shelter.
     

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