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        07-06-2013, 01:57 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    I blanket my 18 yo Arab mare so she doesn't require more winter feed to keep her weight. I had the blankets, it keeps her clean for rides, and saves my parents money. :)
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        07-06-2013, 03:51 AM
      #22
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    I blanket my arab. It may only get into the low 30 here but she wont shed until June and it already in the 110s. She cooks when she wont shed -_-'
         
        07-15-2013, 11:49 PM
      #23
    Foal
    I don't blanket my guy. Even at -35 celcius. I was told by the breeder if they are rugged all the time their coats wont come in as thick as they should and the coat gets pushed down and can't insulate as well as it should. If they are clipped that's a whole nother story, you take their coat away you have to give them a replacement.
         
        07-15-2013, 11:56 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    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. ;)
         
        07-16-2013, 12:04 AM
      #25
    Yearling
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    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!
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        07-16-2013, 12:26 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    Wanted to add the we use a light weight blanket, no neck covering. We just moved to a larger property (2 x 15 acre pastures )with 6 strand barb wire perimeter fencing. It used to be a bull ranch! So it's been rough on their fly masks this summer. I'm worried blankets may not survive or stay on with so much to rub off on. We may not be able to rug this winter.
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        07-16-2013, 08:56 AM
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    Originally Posted by mudpie    
    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. ;)
    I don't know where these myths come from
    If you clip your horse and blanket it to the max it will still regrow its winter coat. We often clip 3 times through the winter months - depending on the individual horse as breed has a lot to do with it as well. A typical TB will never have the same amount of coat as an Exmoor pony which is about the closest type to the primitive horse
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        07-16-2013, 09:20 AM
      #28
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    I do. I have a full selection of stable and turnout blankets and sheets. I have also clipped him in the fall for the past couple of years, but I blanketed him even before then.
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        07-16-2013, 09:32 AM
      #29
    Foal
    I do rug my horse, but she only has a light cotton sheet on and a rain sheet with not much filling. She is outside 24/7 with no shelter only trees (it's winter now and currently there's a storm outside). She is a Highland TB cross and has a very weird coat, with pony hair on her face and neck but thin TB hair on her body it's strange.
         
        07-16-2013, 02:35 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    I only blanket my show horse in the winter. We have all Quarter Horses, but the rest of them have never worn a blanket, and do just fine in the cold temps, and grow a pretty thick coat. My show horse has a finer coat, and definitely needs the extra insulation in the winter - plus, we start shows in March so I don't want to have a shaggy looking winter coat shedding out on him! Some older horses will need one too, even if they did fine without one when they were younger.
         

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