Is unnecessary blanketing some sort of craze?
My one horses trainer texted me today and asked when I was bringing her blankets and sheets out to the barn. I responded that I wasn't because she was living outside this winter so I didn't see a need for it. She was all shocked and texted back "you aren't going to blanket her at all!!"
When I was a kid were horses tougher? I didn't own a blanket for my horses until I started doing a spring clip job for showing. They looked like wooly mammoths, lived outside and were never cold.
Even now, I don't blanket my minis. (I have blankets for them for the 4 days a year that they shiver, but they take them off so I don't bother anymore). I blanket my 31 year old but only when it gets really cold or windy.
So just out of curiosity. If you have a healthy horse that isn't showing, do you blanket? Am I the weird one? :?
Well mine got her winter blanket tonight.... it will be in the 20's. But I don't consider her to be in tip top shape either. As far as I'm concerned I spent thousands putting weight on my old girl, I will not have her shiver off even one pound. But the majority of horses at our barn will never need a blanket all winter.
We didn't blanket for 20 years. On the rare occasion it got below -10, we put the blankets on, but they stayed hairy and happy through the winters.
My Thoroughbreds get blanketed if it's under 10, and obviously at warmer temps if I clip them during the winter. The Percheron nor Paso Fino have needed a blanket in the past few years.
Living in Upstate SC, the only blanketed horses I see are show horses whose owners don't want them to get fuzzy, or horses (like our OTTB) that are older and/or have medical problems. Our OTTB will be 21 this year, is a notoriously hard keeper, has some on-going medical problems and always seems to have problems maintaining his weight in the winter. So he gets blanketed.
The problem here is that we have bouts of cold...and then during the day it will warm up. The blankets have to come off during the day....unless you want to really make your horse ill. So it's on and off, on and off. It's labor intensive.
It gets to minus 40 up here and I don't blanket.
Both horses are happy and healthy.
oh boy.. Mine are spoiled compared to your guys' horses. My mare Sadie needs weight so she got a light stable sheet on tonight and her foal did as well. Marco got his sheet on but Tina did not.
Sadie has also been in the recovering process so I don't want her to shiver off any weight.
we only blanket the old ones who dont grow coat well anymore. Everyone else gets to be fuzzy wuzzy :)
Well I show so I blanket to at least try and keep them looking decent. Plus I clip too so there's less hair. I think I would anyway though, because I'm a naturally worried Mom and I want my kids to be as comfy cozy as possible...Poor Rebel shivers if it gets to even 30 degrees. He's such a spoiled stall baby. lol
I blanket my TB and my born late in the year foal but only when the temp drops below freezing. I want them to grow that wooly mamoth hair! They both have their blankets on tonight because it's dropping just below freezing but the blankets will come off in the morning!
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I do think it is a bit of a craze. I don't ever remember seeing blanketted horses, ever. Of course, I mean horses that are kept outside. I didn't see indoor, stalled horses in those days.
Horses at our barn are mostly not blanketted. But some of the old ones or hard keepers are . it works both ways. It is in the transition seasons that it can get hard on a hrose because there are those stray warm days, and the poor horse cannot cool himself. That must be even more miserable than being a bit cold becuase a cold horse can move around to warm up a bit. And, if they get lots of hay to keep their bellies full, the digestion alone creates heat.
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