My family does lots of backpacking and hiking during the summer. I also trail ride a lot. This year we are planning a backpacking trip to bury my grandma's ashes. My aunt and uncle really want to come, however they have a 1.5 year old child. I was thinking that it would really help out if I could use my mare to pack in their stuff and then they would just have to worry about carrying the "baby" .
My concern is that during one previous camping trip with the horses, I remember waking in the morning to see my mare shivering! I felt so horrible. Luckily we were camped at the trailer and not up in the mtns somewhere, so I made a makeshift a "blanket" and used a fleece cooler held on by my bareback pad. Lol! It seemed to work. The elevation on that trip was about 4000 ft. The elevation for this years trip will be about 6000 ft and probably much colder. Considering that we are only at 1400 ft at home, she surely will not have the coat to keep her warm.
The question: Do you pack in blankets for your horses? If so, do you have recommendations? Thickness? Waterproof or Non?