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post #1 of 16 Old 01-23-2013, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Urgent: is she fine with just a mid weight?

Hi! My qh mare is constant turnout and she does have arthritis. She has a run in and she is currently in a medium weight blanket, which she is also in at around 30/40 degrees. It dropped to 10. Do you think she will be fine in the mid weight or if not what should I do? The first year I had her she was only in a thin rain sheet because her coat was so fluffy she could be. Thanks
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-23-2013, 08:10 AM
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Never dealt with arthritis, so I cannot offer advice. Anyway you can up her hay? That'll help keep her nice and toasty.
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She's out in the field so she has full access to hay all the time!
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If she has a fluffy coat and shelter why would you blanket her?
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If she has a fluffy coat and shelter why would you blanket her?
Having re-read the OP I think that the horse has been kept blanketed at this point and, thus, has not developed that nice fluffy coat. The horse DID have a nice fluffy coat the first year, but that was pre-constant blanketing.....

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It's -9 here, and Odie doesn't wear a blankie unless it drops to -15 or lower, and then only at night. He has bad arthritis in his hips, and it makes no difference if he has a blanket on or not. Granted he is all fuzzy, so that helps

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Having re-read the OP I think that the horse has been kept blanketed at this point and, thush, has not developed that nice fluffy coat. The horse DID have a nice fluffy coat the first year, but that was pre-constant blanketing.....
Kind of slightly off topic, but I was under the impression that blanketing had nothing to do with length of coat, just the length of light in the day. We kept blankets on a few horses during a winter we were showing, and they got just as fuzzy as they would've with out the blankets.

Horses here get pretty fuzzy here unless under lights. The only ones that I see with out the fuzzies, just don't get the super fuzzies no matter what.
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Jmo in the wild horses do not wear blankets
They find shelter if its really cold

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If she has free choice hay, run-in access and a good coat she isn't likely to need a blanket at all.

Even my Thoroughbreds are only blanketed on nights that drop below 0* and that is because not everyone can snag a spot in the run-in.

A blanket doesn't help arthritis IMO. So it really comes down to, does she seem cold?
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-23-2013, 02:25 PM
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if she is shivering I would blanket if not I would leave off
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