Absolutely. I live in Central California, but I still give Mudpie an extra layer to help him out. :) Mudpie is a 7 year old Appendix (QH x TB) gelding. Generally he gets blanketed in the winter at night and if it's a) raining or snowing, b) very windy, or c) 30 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Blanketing "stopping them from developing a full coat" is simply a myth that is rather widespread. A horse's coat length is not determined by whether or not they wear a blanket, but rather by the amount of sunlight during a day. You can keep your horse blanketed 24/7 and it will not affect his coat growth.
It may slick down his or her hair, but the winter coat will grow in and shed out in the same manner as if there were no blanket involved. ;)
The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
– I love you, Mudpie!
Last edited by mudpie; 07-16-2013 at 12:00 AM.