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    12-16-2012, 06:46 PM
Question Winter blanketing

Hello!, I have a topic that both have pros and cons. I want your opinion!
(Good things about winter blanketing)
-Nice Coat.
-Not any dirt
-No wetness (ETC)
(Not so good things about winter blanketing)
-Dangerous (Could get caught)
-Gets broken/dirty quickly.
-Some times a dirty horse (If he/she rolls) (ETC)

Whats your opinoin on Outdoor blanketing? (Good) (Bad)
Do you blanket your horse? & why?
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    12-16-2012, 07:03 PM
We do, but we ride all year. They don't use as much energy staying warm so they hold weight good. Helps with rain rot. But they ruin a few a year!
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    12-16-2012, 07:09 PM
I don't blanket my draft cross gelding for several reasons.

1) He grows a 4" outer coat and has a least a double coat (with as much as he sheds in spring, I swear it's a triple coat lol).

2) Even with shelter, he prefers standing in the snow and rain, and it doesn't seem to phase him at all.

3) No matter what I do, he is convinced the blanket is going to eat him, so I've given up.
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    12-16-2012, 07:12 PM
Im not blanketing my horse this year but considering next year (Maybe).
Reasons why not this year-
He's already grown a very very thick winter coat
He doesnt roll at all (Never dirty only on legs and belly a little from running)
Never been blanketed all year round only during Snow storms and very cold nights.
I think he prefers no blanket but he doesnt put a hassle or anything when its on either.
    12-16-2012, 07:31 PM
I blanket my guy because he's body clipped. He's inside a heated barn all night, and we ride in a heated indoor. So he just needs the extra layer on when he's outside in the snow.
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    12-16-2012, 07:37 PM
It all comes down to "do you think your horse is cold or would be happier with a blanket?" My older mare definitely needs a blanket. My young mare does not. Only some horses destroy blankets, and if you buy a good quality blanket in the first place, you don't need to replace as often.
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    12-16-2012, 07:55 PM
When I got my horse, I was told he would always need blanketed in the winter because he doesn't grow a good winter coat and he will shiver too much and lose too much weight and he loves his blanket and blah blah blah...

He looks pretty fluffy to me!

I've never had trouble with his weight in the winter. I don't ride as much so he spends more time at the round bale. No blanket necessary.

If a horse is a really hard keeper, or if they have medical problems, or if they are just really old, yes I would blanket them with a really nice, heavy blanket. They need the extra help to stay warm and keep weight on.

If a horse is young and healthy and isn't being clipped for shows, I don't see the point of blanketing them. Healthy horses usually do a pretty good job of growing a thick, warm coat on their own.

Blanketing can actually make a horse colder by pushing their hair down flat. It's like taking the insulation out of your walls and wrapping your house in a tarp instead. Just let them grow that teddy bear coat and keep it clean, they will be plenty warm!
    12-16-2012, 09:33 PM
I blanketed my guy the first winter I had him ( was severely underweight..) but not the last 2 years. Grows a nice coat, and they are fed round bales so they keep the 'furnace' running. It was cold and rainy today and they were all happily standing in the rain even tho they have a nice lean to. I guess you would have to see how your horse does... if he is shivering or losing weight a blanket might be a good idea. And as I like to remind my husband when he comments on the horses being outdoors in the weather... no one brings in ( or blankets! ) the deer...
    12-16-2012, 09:40 PM
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I blanket my hard keeper. I don't dare risk him shivering off a single ounce.

He's an utter neat freak and has never even snagged any of his blankets. They do get dirty but nothing a hosing off won't fix.
    12-16-2012, 09:51 PM
As a general rule I don't blanket during the winter. We have blankets so if someone turns up chilly we can warm them up. If I was riding heavily all winter and they were body clipped they would be blanketed.

I do see one disadvantage to blankets. Some folks put them on in December and don't take them off until March. Meanwhile, the horse looses weight but the owner does not see it. Then in spring, its a big shock. It can happen to a degree with the fuzzy ones. So, I guess I think no matter blanket or non you should be running your hands over them to check their weight.

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