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post #1 of 9 Old 10-27-2013, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Need some blanketing help

Well, more so "sheeting" help.

I was told my gelding use to wear a rain sheet in the colder months during precipitation. And that he coliced once when he couldn't get into the shelter and he didn't have one on and it was down pouring.

So needless to say I have two sheets for him and recently he now stays outside 24/7 instead of being stalled at night. Since he's been out at night I usually just put the rain sheet on him in case we get a stray rain storm or something. It is also in the low 30s at night and 50-60s during the day. The sheet comes off during the day.

I feel bad having my friend (who feeds in the Am) constantly take his sheet off. Especially once it gets colder outside.

How does everyone else "Sheet" there horses? If I keep sheeting him at night will it restrict his winter coat to grow? I mean he already has a fluffy coat and the sheet has no fill since it's just a waterproof sheet..

Also, he can wear the sheet during snow, ice, etc? It's solely just to keep him dry and not colic since he's kinda low man on the pole.

I was hoping to just keep the sheet on him 24/7 during winter If I can.

Any expert blanketers care to share their knowledge? :)
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-28-2013, 07:09 AM
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Leave it off. If he is out so much, you are doing more harm than good is what I think.
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I don't think a sheet is a good solution for all's fine when it's not so cold yet, but since it flattens down the hair the horse can't properly warn themself. I would either get a heavier blanket our not blanket at all
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-28-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hm. I'm not sure. I never blanket my guys so this is the first I'm having to do this. I know his old owner put a sheet on him during the winter when it rained. Right now he has a pretty good coat but I am just trying to keep him dry rather then having to buy actual blankets for him.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-28-2013, 01:01 PM
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I use a waterproof sheet--heavy duty but no fill--on my TB between the 30's-50's (fly sheet higher than that bc he tends to sweat). When it drops lower, I stick a blanket liner underneath to keep him a little warmer. I am pretty far south, so we only have a couple of months of colder weather. I do make sure to let him go naked every few days to let his skin breathe, as he's prone to rain rot. This system has worked great for me for years :) Don't know if it's right for your horse, but maybe it's something to try? Blanket liners are pretty cheap, though I usually have to replace them every 1-2 years.

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post #6 of 9 Old 10-28-2013, 01:08 PM
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If you opt to use sheets or blankets then you can't escape the responsibility of changing them. If its dry at this time of year then I would leave it off unless its actually raining - wet weather is what gets them if they do feel the cold
Right now you might find he needs it at night if its dropping below freezing but can have it off in the day - then he will feel the benefit of it when he gets it put on
Having access to grass or hay all the time will likely make the biggest difference in him getting colic or not
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-28-2013, 02:07 PM
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I'm no expert but I did a lot of reading on this stuff, a few years ago.

The problem with leaving on a light waterproof sheet during the winter is that it will inhibit the fur from "puffing up". The fur needs to puff up to trap air which provides insulation for the horse. Yes, he'll stay dry but he won't be able to stay warm:( That's why, if you're going to blanket in the winter, you need a properly insulated blanket.

Does that make sense?
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-28-2013, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I guess I'm more so worried about him getting out of the wetness if it rains or snows but I understand that he probably won't stay too warm if alls he has is a sheet on. He does haw access to hay but like I said he's low man on the pole
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I've not noticed any of my horses feeling cold or being cold underneath the light rugs - and on days when its pouring down with rain for long periods or snowing heavily the coat isn't going to be able to 'puff' up anyway
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