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        08-26-2013, 10:23 AM
    Depends on WHY you are blanketing - to protect a show coat or because you're worried your furry winter coated horse is cold.

    Here in Texas, show horses remain under lights with a sheet on if night was colder than 60 F, blankets as needed, and they are never allowed to grow a winter coat. Pasture horses are generally fine w/o a blanket.

    When I lived in snowy Michigan, backyard trail horses only got a blanket if they were shivering, which was rarely. The show horse (no lights, turned out with everyone else) was blanketed with a full hood as soon as nights started going below 45F. In snowy Ohio, the show horses were again under lights, and sheeted/blanketed as soon as there was any chance of briskness overnight. In both these colder climates, I'd bring my unblanketed pasture horses inside if it was extreme blizzard conditions, but they were generally perfectly happy outside with butts to the wind.
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        08-26-2013, 09:09 PM
    I think I am one of the over protective horsey parents. My horse gets a a light weight at 40-50, a medium weight at 25-40 and a heavy at 25 and below... AND is always ridden with a quarter sheet. But he is one of those horses who were blanketed all of there life and shiver if its windy, and raining at 45 degrees
        08-26-2013, 09:23 PM
    Another over protective momma here. Right now the bb should be wearing his fly sheet, rain sheet, or a light stable sheet. Into September, depending on SK weather, may throw another sheet on. I have a mid weight for when the cold starts coming, and a heavy weight for those darned SK winters. Then we transition back down. He is stabled over night and checked during the day to make sure he isnt too hot/cold. Our last show is in October, Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, and the first show of the new year is in May. I like to keep his winter fuzzies down a tad, since he's so white it grows in thick enough as it is. And it's a pain to deal with a wet horse when I go to ride. :)
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        08-27-2013, 01:01 AM
    My blankets are still piled in the corner waiting to be cleaned from last winter. :P I'll probably start putting on my mare's sheet when the rains come. This year, I'm going to save her warm blanket for the below-freezing days.
        08-29-2013, 02:25 PM
    Thanks so much for your help everyone! I have a better idea now :) I live in BC and it rains here a lot! I don't usually put a blanket on for the rain but if there is an event coming up (such as a horse show) they keep their blankets on.
        09-05-2013, 12:21 PM
    Thanks for asking that OP! I was kinda wondering the same thing since its getting chilly at night and being in BC as well it has been raining lots. I think I will start with a light blanket at night in the next week or so and go from there.

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