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Fisher.Cat. 12-27-2007 08:44 PM

Winter Blankets?
I'm fairly new to horse ownership, even though I have about 9 years of experience with horses. I'm not sure if I need a winter blanket for my horse. I live in New Jersey, and so far our winter has not been that harsh. My horse is a Quarter Horse. His fur isn't that thick this year. I feel kinda stupid asking this :oops: . Do I need a winter blanket?
^I don't know if a picture helps or not.

Vidaloco 12-28-2007 07:38 AM

I don't blanket our horses and its been pretty cold in the 20's at night. I was always told if they aren't shivering then there is no need to blanket. I do keep them eating which I think is essential in cold weather. They have access to hay 24/7. It did seem it took them longer to put on a winter coat this year, not sure if it was the warmish fall or what but they did finally fluff up.

Equina 12-28-2007 10:40 PM

Yeah, keep him well-fed (he'll use up that energy keeping himself warm) and he should be fine. You may need a blanket for him later get an early spring and he loses his winter coat...then you get a cold snap with chilly rain combo. He won't have the natural blanket on him to keep him warm through the cold rain.

DGW1949 12-29-2007 02:06 PM

I'm not sure about the weather in NJ but we've had damp nights around here that get's down into the low 30's. We've also had a couple of frost already but my two have yet to even go into their stalls.

What I mean by that is......
Even on a frosty night, when I come in from work around midnight, I find them out in the field, either grazing or napping.
I do throw them a little extra hay on a night like that but blankets?...Nope.... I figure if the cold aint bothering them enough for them to get-in out of it, I'm not going to worry over it much.

Besides that, one of mine sleeps laying down with all 4 legs tucked-up under him. Even if it got real cold, I'd be reluctant to strap a blanket on him, for fear of hindering his movement.
I'd be more apt to stall mine, than blanket them.


hunterequlover781 12-30-2007 11:27 AM

I would blanket him. We use weatherbeeta. They work nicely. You want something with a higher denier so that it will not be ripped up easily. I have found that 1200 D ussually last nicely. Make sure that if he is going to be turned out in the blanket, you get a turnout blanket that is water proof and not a stable blanket. I'm not sure about the weather in New Jersey, but they have all kind of different wieghts, etc.

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