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post #1 of 3 Old 01-19-2013, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Layering Blankets?

I'm not sure where this would go so I'm just gonna throw it in here.

I'm going to be bringing my first horse home in the next few weeks/month, and I'm looking at blanketing options. Around here it can get pretty chilly (down to -25 Celsius sometimes) so the most important thing to me is to make sure the tb I'm buying is comfortable. At the same time, I have a limited budget and will have to get a rainsheet ect. by March.

I saw some really nice 200-300g stable blankets for sale recently, and was wondering if anyone ever layers their stable blankets with insulated rain sheets for the winter? I thought that if this would work it would be nice as I wouldn't have to buy a whole new sheet in a few months. I'm not going to clip and he'll be spending at least 12 hours on turnout, maybe out nights too depending on how comfortable and happy he is. Can anyone tell me about their experience with blanketing and layers vs. a full winter blanket? Should I just go for a decent winter and start saving now for the spring rain sheet? Thank you!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-19-2013, 05:07 PM
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I like layering, very handy for when it gets a bit warmer/cooler, you can just add or take off. The only draw back with a stable rug under a turnout is if the stable rug slips, exposing itself from under the turnout, it can get damp so the horse is damp under the turnout.

I have one horse at the moment my tb in 2 med weight turnouts and I have my QH in a med stable rug and a med turnout. When it gets a little warmer, they'll be in just a med turnout each, and just rain sheets in spring, nude in summer hehe (hopefully anyway, last summer here, it rained pretty much the whole season - well, pretty much the whole year, gah!)

(by the way, my two live out year round, with access to field shelter)
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-19-2013, 06:13 PM
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We live in a cold and snowy climate as well, and my horses have never been blanketed - I have also never seen them shiver! They are 21 and 19 yrs old as well. They key issue is making sure they have access to free choice hay at all times in between regular feeds - the hay moves slowly and constantly through their bodies, acting as 'fuel for their furnaces'. Coupled with a good run-in barn and dry bedding, daily brushing bringing out their protective oils, they're unbelievably comfortable even in the worst weather! I've seen them with icicles hanging over their top layer, mane, etc. and they don't even notice. (In fact, more than a few times I've warmed my hands in -0 temps under their mane!) If they were extremely old or ill and truly needed one, I'd blanket. But other than that, nature takes impeccable care of the rest :)

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