Keeping a blanket on because of sacroiliac problems?
My mare has arthritis on sacroiliac joint, probably with calcification going on. I was advised to keep her hind end warm, so muscles are loose. Now I'm really thinking about blanketing her...
But I never did it before and I don't know how to do it. I got a winter blanket when I bought my mare, but I don't know when to put it on, when off... Should I have multiple blankets? Temperatures goes from 20 at night (35 in the stall) to 60 (maximum) at day when she's outside all time.
I was thinking about blanketing her even before, because I always have a hard time keeping her weight on in the winter (she already started losing it).
What do you think? Any other things to think about when blanketing?
It definitively won't hurt your horse, it will probably help, and is much healthier than many other ways of keeping horses warm such as keeping them in a heated barn. I would blanket during the night and take off in the morning (about 9-10 am) and put it back on in the evening (about 4-5 pm), if at all possible as at those times the weather starts to change to get warmer/cooler.
I know they are a lot of money, but you might look into Back On Track products. Many horses, people and dogs find great relief for their arthritis and muscle pain from these products.. I know I can't live without my back brace!!
Thanks for help :D
I'll look for back on track and see, but vet was pretty pricey and it's even not over yet. Though, if it really helps...
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