I think I need to get my QH a winter blanket or two. He is skinny (was in poor weight when I bought him recently) and winter is fast approaching. There is snow on the mountains already and we have very long, cold winters. I've never had to blanket a horse before as my drafty crosses stay fat even through our long -40 winters haha.
I've tried to do an internet search but nothing is very helpful :p
So what do I need to know?? As I said, our winters generally seem to hover around maybe -15ish to -20*C (5*F) but do dip to -40*C (-40*F) for weeks on end.
I guess I should probably get a couple different weight blankets but what weights and when do I need to switch them up? I guess I could just get one blanket (what weight though?) and then get a liner as well? Hood or not? I do know I want waterproof/breathable but don't know much besides that.
My other question is regarding use of an indoor arena in the winter - for my fatties, would it be good enough to ride them indoors and then turn them back out without blankets AFTER they are thoroughly dry? Or should they also be blanketed all winter if I'm going to be riding inside a couple times a week?