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post #11 of 14 Old 03-22-2017, 10:33 AM
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Even if it is about cooler outside, most barns usually stay a lot warmer inside. I know in my barn when the doors and windows are closed it is usually about 10 degrees warmer inside. Since he has lived in this area for the last few years, his body is already used to the weather. Even without a heavy coat he will be plenty warm inside his stall until it is below freezing temperatures without a blanket. 13 C might be chilly for you - but that is ideal temperature for any animal with fur.
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Even if it is about cooler outside, most barns usually stay a lot warmer inside. I know in my barn when the doors and windows are closed it is usually about 10 degrees warmer inside. Since he has lived in this area for the last few years, his body is already used to the weather. Even without a heavy coat he will be plenty warm inside his stall until it is below freezing temperatures without a blanket. 13 C might be chilly for you - but that is ideal temperature for any animal with fur.
He has lived in this area, while being blanketed fall through spring always, so not sure how used he is to being without a blanket at 13C :/ The only time they dont blanket is in summer (november-february aprox) when the temperatures are in the 30s and dont go down below 25 at night. (though I totally agree he should be fine at lower temperatures without a blanket!!)

His stall has a dutch door on the outside wall (there is no aisle to go *into* the barn, its just stalls, back to back with the dutch doors to the outside), so while it definitely is a bit warmer, the wind and cold can come in and blow through freely. (the walls dont go all the way to the roof, and the dutch doors of the other stalls are also open (top half)
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I only blanket when it gets colder than -10 C. I was told by my farrier/equine nutritionist that horses' metabolisms do not have to work any extra unless it gets colder than that. I suppose it would depend on what the horse is used to, to some extent, but I would certainly not blanket unless it was below freezing. The idea of putting a blanket on in the late afternoon just in case the temperature drops a few degrees at night is problematic. The last thing you want to do is for the horse to sweat from the heat of the blanket and THEN get cold. Better to let the horse adapt on its own. He will be fine and will not grow a winter coat at 13 C! That is summer weather to us! A difference of 10 degrees, when the temps are staying that warm, will not cause him to get cold. If anything, he's probably MUCH more comfortable at 13 without a blanket, than at 25!

Other than overheating, blankets are problematic for other reasons. They cause rubs, can get caught on things, can create bacteria from reduced air flow. Leave your horse unblanketed would be my advice!

P.S. I also have dutch doors exactly how you describe. I shut my horses in, because tonight, for example, it will be -17. But in the summer, they come and go as they please. He will NOT be cold in 13 C weather inside or out, without a blanket!
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Some horses don't deal as well with the cold as others and horses that are used to living in a climate that's always more moderate do seem to feel the cold more especially the thinner skinned, finer coated types.
When horse's are too warm they do sweat on their shoulders first, also around the chest and under the belly in the area towards their back legs.
You might find that a waterproof sheet with a cotton lining rather than the fleece would be more suitable for the days when it is cooler
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