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post #1 of 18 Old 01-05-2015, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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How Warm is Too Warm for Blankets?

We're getting snow tonight and my horses have had blankets on since last night because it has been under 20 degrees. Tomorrow it will get up to 23 degrees and I am worried that will be too warm for them to be blanketed? The blankets are pretty heavy and I have read that they should be used in 20 degrees or below. I have heard of horses overheating in blankets. Of course, it will be very windy and the area they are currently in has no run-in (They will be moved after I get home tomorrow night). The reason they are not in with their shelter right now is because they will destroy the pasture ground (with it being winter and all). Once the snow falls, they can go out on it because the ground will not be soft and they will not be able to easily get to the grass. However, I am staying with my grandparents tonight because they are closer to my job that I have to get to in the morning so that would mean my brother (who doesn't know much about handling horses and is a little afraid) would have to take their blankets off. So my question is do you think they will be fine tomorrow if I let him just leave their blankets on? It's going to be frigid the next day (Wed) so their blankets will be right back on tomorrow night. It would be easier all around if we could just leave the blankets on tomorrow (since I won't be there to take them off and I probably won't be getting home till after dark to put them back on) but I don't want them to get too warm and overheat. What do you think?



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It depends what your horses are used to. My horses have only ever had a blanket on them when they were sick or when I was testing the fit of a blanket. So, my current horse has had her blanket on exactly once. LOL. Today was -30*C and she was as happy as could be out there, munching on her hay. But, this is her life - she has a nice winter coat and shelter if she wants it.

Does your horse have a winter coat? How much time does he spend blanketed? You can't go by the blanket instructions; they are only a guide. You must know your horse. If he usually doesn't have a blanket, then ditch it. If he usually DOES have a blanket, then keep it. Unless its sunny - then they can quickly overheat in a blanket. But if it's a north wind and there are no trees or shelter of any kind and he's used to the blanket, keep the blanket. And if he's wet, keep it. Until he's dry, then ditch it. But anyway, you said you can't get the blanket off of him right now anyway... so, ya... what was the point of this question? LOL
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-05-2015, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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They get blankets in really cold weather (I usually wait until it is 20 degrees or often below, like in the teens, single digits, or below zero) and the minis have super thick winter coats but the pony's winter coat is just average. I'm not sure how sunny it will be tomorrow. I couldn't take the blankets off in the morning, but my brother could if he has too(although it's not ideal because he's not good with horses so I'd just rather not have him deal with it). So I'm trying to decide rather to make him take the blankets off or not. I just started blanketing last year so I don't know a lot about blanketing.



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In this case, I agree with NorthernMama in saying that, from the conditions you're describing, I'd leave the blanket on.

A little trick that, so far *knocks on wood*, has helped me know if a blanket is enough or not is looking at the leg fur on my kiddos. If they're in a blanket and their leg fur is poofed out to where their legs look like bottle-brushes, I stick my hand in the blanket and feel. If my hand is warmed, then I figure they're good.
If their legs are poofed out like that and it's cool under their blanket, I figure that they're cold so I step up the blanket situation.
If their legs aren't poofed out at all and they look "slick", plus being warm/hot under the blanket, I figure they're too hot so I take the blanketing down a notch. And so forth - legs not poofed but under their blanket is slightly warm and it's raining, I figure they're fine...etc.

So far this hasn't failed.
Of course, I rarely blanket in the day - unless it's windy and below freezing. We get some fierce winds over here so windchill can take 10+ degrees off the temperature, plus the whole "wind cutting through the winter coat"-thing.
Same thing with rain - it's rare that I won't blanket in the rain, just because I prefer my horse to go out vs standing in his stall to keep his precious lil' hiney dry.

But, overall, my goal is to blanket as little as possible.
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Thanks for the advice Northern Mama and Wallaby! I may just have him leave them on. I wish I could be there in the morning, I'm very protective and probably overly worried about my horses (and all the animals for that matter)!



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... My horses have only ever had a blanket on them when they were sick or when I was testing the fit of a blanket. So, my current horse has had her blanket on exactly once. LOL. ...

LOL

Here is a nice flow chart that was on a HF joke thread.

does your horse need a blanket.jpg

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^Haha, love that!
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Good Lord! one would become totally lost trying to read that.
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post #9 of 18 Old 01-05-2015, 10:48 PM
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Sounds like they may not need blankets, at least not all of them.

If the blanket says use under 20 a 3 degree difference is really not a big deal... it may or may not get that warm even.

Be carefully about blanketing on and off. If the blankets are on long term you should just blanket the rest of the year.

I'm glad you're so concerned about doing it properly.
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Don't forget that when they're outside in 20 degree weather with no shelter, if they have a wind, then the REAL, FEELS LIKE temp is the wind chill temp, so probably down in the single digits if not colder. They'll be fine with their blankets on.

Remember the basic rules of blanketing:

Cold and dry = Can blanket or not depending on what they're used to

Cold and windy (so with a windchill) = Blanket

Cold and wet = Blanket if either water proof or if you can change the blanket if it gets wet.

Cold and wet and windy = Blanket and find a shelter

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