Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
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.
~ When I Die, Remember Me By My Horses ~
* Because They Are Responsible *
.: For Letting Me Live :. (c) xJumperx