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post #1 of 9 Old 09-01-2015, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Blanket or not to blanket?

It suppose to drop down to the 40's at night. A lot colder then what its been, but not cold enough to freeze. My mare doesn't have winter hair yet and is'ent being clipped. So should i Blanket her or not? I have a winter water proof blanket that's all I have.
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-01-2015, 05:54 PM
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Doubt it unless you notice she needs it. I don't blanket mine during the winter, and it can get down to 10*

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It suppose to drop down to the 40's at night. A lot colder then what its been, but not cold enough to freeze. My mare doesn't have winter hair yet and is'ent being clipped. So should i Blanket her or not? I have a winter water proof blanket that's all I have.
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Not. Give her time to grow her winter coat.
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I wouldn't blanket her either, as long as she is a healthy horse and not a geriatric gal:)

Also, don't worry about blanketing if it's a quiet 40 degrees. If the wind were to whip up an all night rain, that would be cause to blanket her with a waterproof blanket:(

This is a strange year. My horses have always started to fur up anywhere between mid-July and early August.

This year they still have their tight summer coat. I hope that means we will all enjoy a milder winter than last year.

I did notice walnuts starting to drop last week. That means something but I can't remember what

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post #5 of 9 Old 09-01-2015, 08:20 PM
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In most cases I'm of the opinion that if you start blanketing commit to blanketing all winter. I don't think 40 is unreasonable to blanket if you plan on blanketing but it's not cold enough to blanket for a one off.
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In the 40s she will be fine.

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You may feel chilly at those temps but the horse already has a fur coat. Your horse is already growing it's winter coat, you just can't see it yet. I have one that gets a water resistant rain sheet if we get snow/rain and wind at the same time. Usually this weather, if we get it, lasts only a day or two. The other horse is fine. If you were to put the winter blanket on now there's a good chance the horse would overheat and become dehydrated.



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post #8 of 9 Old 09-02-2015, 12:58 AM
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I put on a waterproof sheet below 50 if there is rain forecasted and the horses will be outside. They're supposed to be inside in those conditions, but that doesn't always happen!

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To me I'd say it matters where you live and how cold it will be getting. If you only have one blanket and don't plan to purchase anything else then save the blanket for the coldest weather. At the end of the day, I have my set blanketing temperatures and I stay committed to those---and yes, I start from the very beginning of the cold weather (but will say there might be a fluke day or two earlier on in the season that I don't worry about unless it's pretty dramatic). So long as you are consistent with the temperatures you blanket at your horse should be fine.
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