Originally Posted by Fowl Play
I have a QH and a paint. Both of them are kept in a pasture during the day, if it's not raining too hard, and in a barn at night, bad weather. Both are rugged in a light sheet until it hits about 45 degrees, then they wear a warm blanket with a neck cover. Both are in waterproof blankets because I live on the wet side of Washington.
Both still grow a healthy winter coat, but it's so much easier to ride a horse that is clean and dry, and as the weather can turn in about 30 seconds around here, even if they're turned out in the morning when the weather is tolerable, by lunch time it can be raining buckets.
We live in southern Oregon. We have an appendix filly, KMSH mare, paint mare and Appy gelding. They have 24/7 turnout, except in spring when they must be saved from their appetite, LOL! We rug them in winter when it drops below freezing, in hope of saving on feed and, as said above, because it rains buckets here too. It's easier to pull off a rug and lightly brush than deal with wet mud. We ride in ALL weather! Posted via Mobile Device