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post #11 of 13 Old 07-09-2012, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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if you are happy with the way he was blanketed stick to it. A stable blanket simply means there are no pleated panels that allow free movement during turnout. wearing a turnout blanket with pleats will not in any way be a problem in the stall. the barn will be a wind break but pretty much will remain a similar temp to the outside. If it goes above 40degrees he should not be blanketed in either situation to prevent overheating which can be dangerous. BTW if you are able to increase the availability of hay to him during the winter he might not lose as much weight..horses will increase their metabolism to stay warm so if them munch on more hay it allows their body to stay warmer without depleting body stores

Thank you for the advice. We up the grain during winter. I'm still unsure how much hay he actually eats as he's been on a round bale. But I will probably end up raising that too.
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Thank you for the advice. We up the grain during winter. I'm still unsure how much hay he actually eats as he's been on a round bale. But I will probably end up raising that too.
Up the hay, they generate a lot of heat from the gut digesting long-stemmed roughage which helps maintain their core body temp.

A handy little guide on heat generation from feeds
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-09-2012, 04:04 PM
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I hope you're able to have the barn help give him a specified diet in Winter to meet his needs if that's your arrangement, and that you can keep a tight eye on things regardless.
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