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sdellin 10-14-2011 12:04 PM

Blanket/Turnout HELP!?
 
Okay, it's not that much of a rush, but here's my question/concern, and hopefully this is posted in the correct forum:

I have a mid-weight turnout blanket, (I love it, it's a Viking II from sstack.com) and I used it all of last year to keep Bella from growing a winter coat. I want to be able to ride all winter without having to worry about her coat taking too long to dry when she sweats. Right now, in Fall, the night-time temp gets down to about 45 degrees; mid-winter it gets down to 35. I want to start blanketing early enough to keep Bella from starting to grow a winter coat, but not so early (with the mid-weight blanket) that she will be too warm. I also have an unlined turnout sheet. I have searched around online for information on blanketing, but mostly I find sales ads.

So, can anyone suggest a good way get started blanketing for the cold weather? I was thinking a liner under the sheet until it gets colder, or maybe buy her a lightweight blanket then switch to the midweight when it gets colder, or maybe the sheet itself is enough for now. Last year she was at my neighbor's barn and I just did what they did. I'd like to really understand the process so that Bella will be comfortable. I have only one horse, so I can buy her another lighter blanket if I need to (the husband may not agree, but what he doesn't know... ha ha ha).

LetAGrlShowU 10-14-2011 12:09 PM

The reason horses grow winter coats is due to the amount of daylight there is. Not because it gets colder/warmer. There was another thread on here about leaving lights in the barn on logner during the night to prevent the coat from growing. I'm sure someone with more precise info will be along shortly.

Saddlebag 10-14-2011 12:16 PM

How often do you ride? If once or twice weekly your horse will be heathier if you take the time to dry her off instead of blanketing. Invest in a wool cooler instead to wick moisture away while you walk her and use towels on her chest. As ShowU mentioned, it's daylight hours that determine coat length, not blankets. Barn lights have to mimic daylight hours to gradually extend the length of time they are on.

sdellin 10-14-2011 12:21 PM

A wool cooler? So let her grow a winter coat and just use a cooler (I'm assuming that's for soaking up the moisture after a ride) and rubbing off the sweat with towels? So do you all not blanket at all during the winter? One friend says let her grow a coat and don't blanket, another says blanket all winter at night or 24/7 depending on the daytime temp.

I never knew what a cooler was, but because of the name I assumed it was for, well, cooling... haha. There is so much equipment out there. Thanks for the advice.

LetAGrlShowU 10-14-2011 12:28 PM

I blanket for anytime under 40-30 degrees. But i dont mind my guy growing his winter woolies. Its soft :)

crimsonsky 10-14-2011 01:32 PM

i blanket my TB because i don't think he will ever grow a coat thick enough to keep him warm enough through the winter. he also will drop weight easily without the blanket. at this point he gets his insulated rain sheet at night as it's getting down around 35-40 at night. i enjoy the benefits of him not having a super thick winter coat due to the blanketing but that's just a lovely side effect of trying to keep him at a healthy weight.

sdellin 10-14-2011 02:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crimsonsky (Post 1200731)
i blanket my TB because i don't think he will ever grow a coat thick enough to keep him warm enough through the winter. he also will drop weight easily without the blanket. at this point he gets his insulated rain sheet at night as it's getting down around 35-40 at night. i enjoy the benefits of him not having a super thick winter coat due to the blanketing but that's just a lovely side effect of trying to keep him at a healthy weight.

So you are using an insulated rain sheet now, but then you switch to a turnout blanket when it gets colder? What area are you in? I'm in Vacaville, CA, so it doesn't get below 35 very often here even in mid-winter.

LadynDibs 10-14-2011 03:14 PM

Be cautious with an unlined sheet unless it's breathable as your horse could get too hot and sweaty and actually end up colder and wetter than if it wasn't rugged.

crimsonsky 10-14-2011 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sdellin (Post 1200775)
So you are using an insulated rain sheet now, but then you switch to a turnout blanket when it gets colder? What area are you in? I'm in Vacaville, CA, so it doesn't get below 35 very often here even in mid-winter.

i'm in reno, nv so it can get quite cold in the winter.

this is the rain sheet (they don't have the exact one that i have anymore as it's 6 years old at this point but this is the updated version - Bucas Sun Shower Turnout) and this is the turnout blanket (Bucas Power Turnout) for winter. something more like the sun shower turnout might work best for you.

Poseidon 10-14-2011 09:52 PM

I would make sure when you are blanketing, it's a thick enough blanket that will actually keep him warm rather than just flattening down what coat he has. They stay warm by having their coat puffed up.

On another note: 35F isn't that cold. My horse and many others around here survive unblanketed in -35F. Ha.


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