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    10-07-2012, 10:32 AM
  #31
Green Broke
I'm in Oklahoma and I blanket. Mainly because is was like 80 a week ago and now it's in the 40s O.o
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    10-07-2012, 10:35 AM
  #32
Foal
I blanketed my boy the first winter I had him. Got him in the late fall and he was VERY underweight. So was work just to get him up to a healthy weight.,. Did not want him shivering all those groceries back off! =) Have rarely blanketed since. Now, if they are forecasting freezing rain, or something, I may blanket them since they seem colder wet than if it is snowy... they are pasture boarded, with run ins, but rarely seem to want to go inside. But as I always remind my husband when he worries about them being outside in the cold... no one brings the deer inside... (and the same goes with blanketing the deer..)
I have also known horses who's pasture mates make short work of their blankets... shred em...
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    10-07-2012, 10:36 AM
  #33
Foal
I blanketed my boy the first winter I had him. Got him in the late fall and he was VERY underweight. So was work just to get him up to a healthy weight.,. Did not want him shivering all those groceries back off! =) Have rarely blanketed since. Now, if they are forecasting freezing rain, or something, I may blanket them since they seem colder wet than if it is snowy... they are pasture boarded, with run ins, but rarely seem to want to go inside. But as I always remind my husband when he worries about them being outside in the cold... no one brings the deer inside... (and the same goes with blanketing the deer..)
I have also known horses who's pasture mates make short work of their blankets... shred em...
     
    10-07-2012, 10:38 AM
  #34
Green Broke
^^^^ Sassy will shred every blanket she comes across -.-
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    10-07-2012, 10:47 AM
  #35
Yearling
I live in Texas and I DEFINITALLY blanket. Its getting into the 40's at night here and my horses don't have winter coats yet so my yearling and my TB are getting blankets and my mustang and QH would be if I had all my blankets clean. None of my blankets are very heavy though. It rarely gets below freezing here so its rediculous to get a huge blanket for the one day it MIGHT per year. MY blankets are good enough that they will keep them warm if it DOES get too cold but even in 40 degree weather my horses arent sweating when they wear them. My horses probably don't NEED them but it doesn't hurt, in my opinion, to put a blanket as long as the horse isn't sweating underneath the blanket. My yearling is really enjoying his blanket too. He was thrilled when he saw me bringing it out xD
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    10-07-2012, 10:55 AM
  #36
Started
I blanket for a few different reasons.

One is, a horse that doesn't get blanketed grows a huge coat, which is great. However when you ride a horse with a big heavy coat it sweats. And when it sweats it can give them a big chill and even make them sick.

I seem to always end up having the horse that shivers its weight off. It is bitter nasty cold here. I spend a lot of money to keep weight on my show horses. I am not going to stand and watch them shiver the weight off.

I have boarded in heated barns with heated indoor arenas. When they are inside they have a light stable sheet. When they get turned out they have big heavy blankets with hoods. If they didn't they would freeze outside.

Plus I wont deny it makes life a heck of a lot easier for me in the end.

Using the "they have no blankets when they are in the wild" argument doesn't work. Horses in the wild do not live nearly as long as they do when domesticated.

Its just another one of those things that either works for you or doesn't. Just like the barefoot vs shoes, bitless vs bit etc etc...
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    10-07-2012, 10:58 AM
  #37
Weanling
This thread made me snicker because there will always be people who say blanketing is worthless & people that swear by it. It is not a phase..its been around for a very long time & its not going away anytime soon. Blanketing horses is completely a human deal. I have done it both ways. Horses have to keep their body heat warm enough to not freeze to death. Mother nature will do it whether they have blankets or not. If the goal is to keep weight on an increase in hay will achieve the same thing because the act of eating produces heat. No, horses that wear blankets are not colder. It certainly cuts down on hair growth making the spring much nicer around here. In the year I didn't blanket...spring was horribly hairy..I even ate some :(. This last spring I barely had to brush any one for shedding & no itchy horses (:
Whether you blanket or not is personal preference and not silly or wrong. My bigger pet peve is when people that don't blanket ride in an indoor arena causing excessive sweating and don't allow adequate cool down time & just put them away sweaty & hot...makes me shudder.
     
    10-07-2012, 11:01 AM
  #38
Trained
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100% in agreement with this. Whether you blanket or not depends on the climate and the horse.

There is not a 'blanket answer' ha ha ha my jokes are just so much funnier than anyone elses.

I do however believe that a lot of blanketing has more to do with making the owner feel better rather than the horse, same as a lot of fancy feeds, supplements, etc etc.

None of my current herd are special needs, and would probably do OK for a majority of the time on grass/hay, no grooming, no blankets, no fancy feeding, Oh wait, there is no probably about it, that is how they live......
     
    10-07-2012, 11:08 AM
  #39
Yearling
Although I have blankets for all 4 of my guys,new rarely use them in the winter. They grow wooly coats, have shelter and get extra feed in the cold. We also get cold down into the -40s here, but generally it is a "dry cold". I do blanket them if they get wet at any temperature in winter. We can have freezing rain in the morning and then a bitter wind can come in and cool down the temps by 20 or 30 degrees less than a day. I use the blankets to help them cope with the dramatic changes.

If and when we have a horse in work at a stable, I also blanket. When they work indoors they get really sweaty and I don't like to out them out wet. The blanket prevents them from growing a really thick coat so it is easier to blow dry them before turnout. This is a rare occurrence now that we keep the horses at home.
     
    10-07-2012, 11:15 AM
  #40
Yearling
I blanket all of mine - but they all have reasons for it.

Cowboy shows, so we have to keep him slick. He also has a neck hood, and a little face cover for the night. If he wasn't my show horse, I'd let him blow up like a fuzzy wuzzy balloon, though.

Diamond is a little bitty Arab, and she gets really hard to handle in the winter if she doesn't have a blanket. She will literally shiver, prance, buck, and run until she is sweating when she is cold. Then, of course, she is all wet, and gets a cold. So I have to keep her blanketed.

Oats has Moon Blindness, and is also 23 and arthritic. So the poor man just doesn't fare well in cold weather.

Everybody gets their blankets off on warm days, and groomed every night. I had a horse before, Harley, that went blanket-less, and had no problems. We got down in the -20's, but he just fuzzed up enough, and he was fine :) He has no health issues, and didn't show - so there was no need. I don't think it's neccessary unless you show, or it's something health related.
     

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