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post #1 of 14 Old 03-21-2017, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Blanket questions

So I just got Moro a blanket, its a light one (no filling), basically a fleece liner with a weatherproof outside, no filling in between the layers. I was assured by everyone that its a great blanket for the mild autumn weather with chilly nights we have here now, and several people told me it fits him well.

Today I stopped by the barn on my way home from uni, around 7.30 pm, and while saying hello to the pony I noticed that he was pretty warm and damp on his shoulders under the blanket. I took it off and his hip/side of butt were equally warm and damp (not entirely sweaty, but not normal 'dry' eaither). His rump and back were at a normal temperature and dry.

Is this indicative of blanket fit? Or are those the areas where the heat builds up first when the blanket is too heavy (its a pretty mild night tonight, around 20 degrees celcius, and from what the night guard told me they blanketed him around 6pm, when the sun was still out). I'm trying to figure out if I should get a bigger blanket for him, or if I should tell the grooms not to blanket unless a more severe drop in temperature is announced. (middle-aged thoroughbred type horse, used to being blanketed from fall through spring. on the thin side, trying to get his weight up, stalled)

The warm spots were exactly in the areas that would 'move' if he moves around his stall, so the friction and warmth from his muscles might have built up there and caused it. I'm probably overreacting but I'm new to all this horse ownership stuff and want to do this thing right! I will bring it up with his groom tomorrow, as well as with my trainer, just to ask for some opinions in person (Where they can see the horse/check for fit etc). But I was just wondering if any of you knowledgable horsepeople on here had any insights.

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The blankets hang on them closer in those places so less air flow. The fleece lined ones also tend to hold heat closer I find.

Where are you that you're blanketing at 20C?! I take my blankets off at 0C.
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Originally Posted by ApuetsoT View Post
The blankets hang on them closer in those places so less air flow. The fleece lined ones also tend to hold heat closer I find.

Where are you that you're blanketing at 20C?! I take my blankets off at 0C.
Argentina, And I'm still learning so kind of just going off of what theyve been doing for him the past 5 years with his other owner (same stable, same groom). Not really sure if I agree with blanketing at this temp either, but since I dont really have experience with this (outside of reading online) I'm trying to follow the groom's lead on these matters for now, while trying to learn and educate myself. All horses at the barn were blanketed tonight though, I know at least some of those are lined with heavy duty 'felt' type blankets (under a rainsheet), those are a lot heavier in weight, but maybe the fleece in mine is more prone to cause sweating?
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Luce, he is too warm in the turnout. If he's body-clipped or something, and you want to use a blanket at relatively warm temperatures, don't use a "waterproof" one, as they don't breathe well, and heat/sweat will build up.
I only blanket mine for stormy weather; heavy rain/snow followed by sub-freezing temperatures, or for intense cold, with overnight lows below ~0F/-20C. Even so, I'll sometimes pull their blankets during the day if the sun is out to give their coats a break. Of course, my animals are all pretty shaggy, and when they wear 'em, they wear heavyweight "Winter" blankets.
Blanket "rubs" actually cause visible hair loss, sort of a bald spot, usually at or just above the point of the shoulder. Contrary to popular wisdom, I have found that a _slightly_ loose-fitting blanket rubs less than a snug one, this for critters who are turned out 24/7, and wearing them 24/day, often for several days in a row. I do up the belly and leg straps relatively snug, so they can roll and not get the blanket out of position, and check/adjust them at least twice a day.

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post #5 of 14 Old 03-21-2017, 09:49 PM
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If he's wet at all, he's too hot. You might be able to find a sheet with no fleece or fill, but really, he probably doesn't need anything. Maybe a sheet for windy or wet days.
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Yah, 20 celsius and the only blankets I *might* put on my horses would be a light cotton summer sheet, or a fly sheet. Anything with any type of fleece or fill would be too much.

What are the lows at night? My best guess is that if it stays above 0 celsius your horse likely doesn't need a blanket.
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It's better for the horse to be a bit cold than to be struck in an overheated state.
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A water proof blanket in 20 C?????, plus stalled????
I would not blanket him at all, stalled, and perhaps only a sheet outside.
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I also would recommend you take the blanket off for now. If he's producing sweat under it, best to just leave it off. Don't want to risk any overheating.
20 Celsius is 68f...NOPE! I would not have any blanket on, or even a sheet if it was that warm. Definitely leave it off.
Now, if it's super windy or something a lighter sheet would be OK, but other than that I think he will be fine without.

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Thanks everyone! Talked it over with the groom today and he wont be blanketing in such warm weather anymore, he agreed it was too warm to blanket yesterday, but it was announced to drop down further at night, so he blanketed before he left so Moro wouldnt get cold later in the night. The past few days the temps have been dropping down from around 25 during the day to about 13C at night (which is fairly cold for our climate) so thats why they were blanketing him.

I think the main reason they blanket while pretty warm (15C+) is so they dont grow much of a wintercoat, as the horses are in work all winter (including jumping etc) So they prefer to blanket early and avoid having to clip in winter and then double-blanket. They only blanket at night (late afternoon when the grooms leave, but during the day the horses are unblanketed)

The temps never really get below 0 here, mayyybe -2 or -3 at night for a couple of days. No snow etc. So the horses arent really used to lower temps, that might make a difference?
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