I guess it is all what the horse gets used to. The boarder here...she is a 2 year old filly. She has never had a blanket on her ever (and again, her hair is VERY short) and as much as I want to buy a blanket myself to use on her...if the owners take her away and never put a blanket on her again, well, I will feel that I have spoiled her and she will miss having a blanket.
I really and truly think the issue here is the fresh body clipping. In two weeks from now, I cannot fathom putting 2 blankets on my minis. I swear I have never ever seen a hood on any horse here in SoFla.
I do agree that concrete barns get cold. My barn is wood, and they are never locked in, always have access to a paddock.
So horses in CN, where VelvetsAB lives....even if they grow winter coats...are you saying they should have a blanket when it is below 0? And what about wild horses?
I feel like I am middle of the road on this topic. Both my minis have blankets...which is way more than a lot of horses have...but that's it...after that I think it is overkill here in SoFla.
Unless your driving around at night snooping through peoples barns your not going to see a hood.
This is a big pet peeve of mine I left a barn because off people body clipping then refusing to put more than one blanket on a horse. After al there horses right? They'll be fine... WRONG I've seen a horse die from being cold.