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post #1 of 25 Old 12-06-2019, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Blanketing Vent

Hi all ,

I just needed to vent about this situation I am in.

First a bit of a back story - all of my horses are blanketed 2 are seniors 1 has cushing’s (and has been clipped throughout the year) and the other has issues keeping weight on over winter . Then my yearling and my barrel horse are also blanketed - she is blanketed because I do ride her during the winter and I don’t want her to get a chill or it to take a super long time to cool her back down. I pony the yearling off of her for exercise throughout the winter also.

The reason for blanketing for me is numerous factors. 1. I live in Ontario, Canada. The weather is sporadic and constantly dropping drastically. 2. My horses live outside 24/7 there is no trees or windbreakers other than a run in shed. Which to my 3. Point not all horses can fit into the shed - because I have four and they don’t all get along that well sometimes horses get chased out or are stuck outside of it. 4. The ones that don’t have ailments are being worked. So for me it is easier to blanket everyone and not have to worry about horses getting cold (In freezing rain and high wind) and colicky.

However - the horse world is amazing and some people seem to think they know better than me (their owner). The other day I was confronted with someone questioning why I blanket my horses. I explained my situation with two being old girls , and the no barn and no guarantee of all of them having shelter and being out in the open. This person continued to attack and criticize my decision without even knowing some of the health problems and conditions my horses have.

I don’t understand why in the horse world people can’t just respect what other people chose to do , they aren’t this persons horses so why do they care so much what I do with them? Personally I don’t care whether people blanket or don’t - as long as they are basing their decision on what their horse specifically needs. Not just doing what is cheap and convenient.

I’m not looking to start any kind of blanketing debate of who does and doesn’t blanket. I just needed to get this situation off of my chest.

Thanks .

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post #2 of 25 Old 12-06-2019, 07:11 PM
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Hope that helped you to feel better...

Do as you know is best for your horses and their living conditions.
You pay the bills, you own them and it is your conscience that is involved.
As for what others say...turn a deaf ear.
Let them make their comment and politely respond with a thank-you for sharing your thoughts...and do as you want/need.

I find that today so many feel entitled to tell you your business...
It is also not what they want to share, but how they share that puts many off to listening.

You make your decisions based on what you know works for your horses and how they live.
Sounds to me you have this well under control and have thought it through, applied what you know with good results...
With that I shall shut-up and lurk.
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post #3 of 25 Old 12-06-2019, 07:36 PM
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You know your horses and their needs. plus if there isn't quite enough room for everybody in the shelter it usually is the weakest that is outside and how will you sleep at night if you worry about your horse?
I prefer no blankets but will be the first to put one on if I think the horse needs it.
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post #4 of 25 Old 12-06-2019, 10:49 PM
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My friend was commenting just this morning that someone was harassing her because she doesn’t blanket unless there’s a reason.

You can’t win. Everyone seems to feel their opinion is fact and law.

Sometimes people are genuinely trying to be helpful but those ones tend to except your reasons as well.

Good luck, better to get it out here than get in an argument that could turn nasty.
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post #5 of 25 Old 12-07-2019, 12:18 AM
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half the people I know think I am crazy for blanketing my horses and half think any horse without a $600 dollar rhino blankets changed at 5 degree temperature changes is going to die. The same for me stabling at night, shoeing, using a bit, my choice of feed and doing joint injections on the oldies.

You can't win, don't get sucked into justifying your decisions and walk away from them (figuratively or really).

Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. It'll just knock over all the pieces, poop on the board, and strut about like it's won anyway."
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post #6 of 25 Old 12-07-2019, 06:09 AM
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It isn't just with blankets, no matter how you do something there is always some one who will know better.

You have two choices with people like this, ignore them or, get them to prove their way is better - knowing they will fail!
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post #7 of 25 Old 12-07-2019, 01:38 PM
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You were not put on this earth to live up to other people's expectations. They're your horses, blanket or don't as you need to and see fit. Anyone who wants to give you grief about it is being rude and has no consideration for your feelings or respect for your person. Therefore, after being polite the first time they give you their opinion say, "They are my property to do with as I see fit. I have not asked, nor do I require any input from you. Have a nice day.". That's for the 2nd time the same person bothers you. The third time, I'm a lot less polite and I'll let you be as creative about it as you please. I tend to say things like, "Talk to the hand. I heard you the first 2 times you bothered me about this. I wasn't interested then and I'm not now. Go AWAY.". After that I tend to give 2 word comments. Anyone who bothers me a 2nd time or more tends to get to watch me channel Doc Martin.

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post #8 of 25 Old 12-07-2019, 09:05 PM
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I’ve always thought this debate was a tad foolish, when people tend to generalize blanket or no blanket on all horses. I think, like anything else, we must consider the horse’s needs on an individual level. I blanket mine, who are usually outside 24/7 with shelter and they honestly seem much happier that way. If a horse seemed happier without a blanket, then I’d leave them without.

A fellow boarder preached that blanketing a horse was unnecessary and did not benifit the horse in any way. Her horse that was turned out 24/7 without shelter had been losing a lot of weight and muscle in the middle of winter and they were puzzled. Their chiropractor suggested they try blanketing for a bit and the horse started gaining weight Again. I’m sure other horse’s would be just fine without, but this horse was also a thin skinned thoroughbred that was ridden a lot and that year was a wet and cold winter.

So, do what you think is right for the Situation.
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post #9 of 25 Old 12-07-2019, 11:46 PM
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My daddy used to say, "You're arguing with a stump.", when referring to the kind of people that not only need to think they're right but need to bully YOU into thinking they're right.
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post #10 of 25 Old 12-08-2019, 01:24 AM
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Whenever people seemed like they clearly weren't listening to logic or attempting to understand what my dad was saying, he would respond to them "Hello, wall." Time to say "Hello, wall" to that person.
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