Thin coat, winter approaching?
I have never had to worry about blankets really except for my one horse who loves hers and my Anglo Arab. All my guys fuzz out so much they burn up on them, so I let them go natural. But my newest mare has the finest and thinnest coat I've ever seen! I was convinced when I got her that it was clipped and they were lying (as they did about other things) about it. But it has never grown out, it is just super thin. Gorgeous, but thin.
What can I do other than a blanket to help her this winter? She was freezing all over today and it is only getting down to 50 degrees tonight. The barn won't be done for another month, and she gets stall crazy from former abuse and constant stalling. The rest of my horses have at least 3/4 of their winter coats in already, even my Anglo Arab, and she is staying as slick as ever. She is bred a bit differently than the rest of my guys, a bit less hardy. Also, any blanket recommendations for a deep chested, narrow bodied and LONG horse?
Thanks so much!
If her coat is really that thin I would get a blanket with a neck cover or maybe even a hood (I've never tried that...). I personally only like rambo wugs (only blanket that doesn't rub my horses), but they are really expensive...
here are some blanket reviews, I don't know if you'll find it helpful, but eh, I'll post it anyway.
I would definately suggest blanketing. My tb also doesn't get much of a winter coat compared to the other horses at the barn and I blanket him all winter. If you can afford a Rambo I would definately recomend that brand. It is pricey but most come with guarantees against rips (mine ripped last winter and they replaced the whole blanket for free). If the Rambo's are too pricey I would suggest the Amigo brand. They are both made by the same company and I've heard great things about both.
I have the same problem with my newest addition. He has very little hair at all. Can you find someone that makes custom blankets around there? There is a place about 45 mins from me that makes custom blankets for $250, which is very reasonable.
I second the WUG blankets, especially for deep chested horses.
I would get a waterproof sheet for her now, one that has wool lining, as a "wind breaker". Then when the cold really sets in you can get a heavier blanket, or layer under the sheet.
How is she doing nutritionally? Is she on any supplements? If not, you might think about putting her on some. Lack of coat can be due to nutritional inbalance. I would consider using a hoof/coat supplement, some MSM (has been shown to improve hoof & coat production/blood flow), and a pro/pre-biotic (like fastrack or other digestive aid).
Give her some straw to eat -- it is a great heat generator! And make sure she has lots of water.
Maybe my horse is the odd one out, but she's a tb and I don't blanket her at all in the winter. She gets so furry and shaggy. :???: ....
I've had good luck with using a polarfleece or polartec liner under a lighter blanket. It's toasty but not bulky.
I would blanket her only at night, let her stand out in the sun during the day. She should get acclimated after awhile.
Bet you the horse was bred for halter. One of the babies I work with is an Arabian filly whos coat I thought was shaved as well and also has no winter coat... but to my surprise was specifically bred that way for halter :???: Makes it easier to keep clean tho I guess
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