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Horse Blanket Risks
So, today, while I was feeding, my foal and his dam got stuck together by the fasteners on the front of their blankets. His mom is wearing a Weatherbeeta Orican and he's wearing a Weatherbeeta Freestyle. The Orican has caribiner-type clips that attach to D-rings and the clip on her blanket attached to the D-ring on his blanket and they were stuck together front to front. I have never seen this happen before. I would have hated to know what would have happened if I hadn't been there or if Kate (dam) had gotten stuck to one of my other horses. I think my mistake was that the clip was facing out instead of in, but never in a million years would I have thought of that as a risk with wearing blankets. Anyone else have bizarre blanketing stories or accidents?
PS. if this is in the wrong spot, somebody can feel free to move it.
I typically find that when blankets get caught on something, they break and the horse is freed. I have never tried to blanket a foal and dam, but I have had some interesting experiences. Now, I usually bring my horses in if I am blanketing them because I have had mornings where I walk into the pasture to find a blanket lying on the ground and torn to shreds. My horse is fine, but I can only imagine what happened during the night. They are obviously getting caught on something. So, now I keep them in their stalls and minimize hazards. I don't know if I'm being too cautious or not, but I have never been a huge fan of blankets and living in FL it is fortunately not a huge necessity.
I do not personally blanket my horse but I have rescued others blanketed horses about half a dozen times. The latest one was a horse that was wearing some kind of sock like thing around his neck and face. He was in his stall and somehow had twisted it so it covered his entire face with the part that had ear eye and muzzle holes hanging in front of his face. I think he had been like this quite a while before I noticed him because he wasn't freaking out or anything. Just standing there looking miserable as if he had excepted that this was his fate.
That was not the first time I had found someone else's horse tangled in his blanket and I doubt it will be the last. A few times I have come into adjust the blanket for another's horse and find that they have sweat themselves soaking wet under the blanket. But it is not my place to remove a blanket from someone else's horse so I just adjust it so the horse is safe, and way to hot, and go about my business.
It's always been my fear that they would get tangled in something, that's why I've never blanketed my horses. I always imagine the worst and can just see my horses having a huge reck....
SO mine are out on pasture 24/7 without anything on and are perfectly fine :-)
I usually don't blanket, because most of mine are really fuzzy, but the mare and foal get really cold, really easy, so it's more comfortable for them and considerably more economical for me to blanket instead of having them sit around and shiver off calories. I don't have a barn (do have shelter) or they'd come in at night. The thing I didn't really register about the mare's blanket was the front fastener, because when I do blanket it's the cheap ones that just have the buckle in front instead of a snap. However, this one came from her previous owner and I didn't know it's quirks yet (I do now, though:D)
PaintHorseMares-- I do know that halters can get hung up on all kinds of random things, which is why I don't turn out in halters, nor do I turn my horses out with a bunch of random crap. I've been around horses long enough not to be surprised that the clip got stuck on something, but I was surprised that it got stuck on another horse. I'm also wondering what would have happened if I hadn't been around, because a horse can pull against an inanimate object without hurting it and the object or the blanket will probably break. However, I'm not sure, in this scenario, what would have happened to my foal.
I've had two bad experiences with blankets, one this morning. In both cases, the horse that was blanketed either laid, tripped, or fell down and couldn't get up because their legs were going uphill and somehow the blankets bound them so they could flip over. I generally don't like them but in our cold climate I've put them on older and very young horses. This year it's been so cold I've put them on quite a few of mine (they're all outdoors all the time). Now I'm wondering if I'll ever be able to use them without worrying about one laying all night in the cold unable to get up.
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