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post #1 of 8 Old 09-01-2014, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Blanket Routines

I was wondering what all of your blanket routines are for in the Winter? Do you walk around with a fleece cooler on your horse before you ride? etc.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-01-2014, 02:47 AM
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I imagine this depends greatly on where the horse lives, and whether they are inside or outside. :)
Our horses are in 24/7 outside turnout, with only trees for weather protection. We live near Spokane, WA, so have 4 true seasons, with a real winter, snow included. lol.
We don't blanket them or feed them any alfalfa or anything. They get their regular hay, heated water tank, and a bit of grain.
I have blankets for when they might get sick or injured and need to be corralled to be monitored only.
We do ride in the winter, but don't use coolers or any special blankets. If there is the rare moment of someone sweating in winter, we just towel them off before we turn them back out. Usually we don't ride too hard in winter though, because the ground is always a tad too questionable. :) And nor do we use any blankets or coolers before we ride.
Hope that helps. :)
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-01-2014, 09:10 AM
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My horses are kept in blankets. I work till late, get down and ride. I don't want the horse to be stood soaked with a thick coat after I've worked.

If it gets below 10oC of an evening, they get a light coat.

Anything below 3oC they get a heavier coat, and then I quater when I groom, and warm up with a fleece.

If it gets to -10, and the sand hasn't frozen, I warm up with a blanket. My old horse was worked with an exercise sheet because he was 21 and felt his bones.
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The only time I use a cooler is after I hose them off during the cold months. Mine are show stock, so I keep them with a tight coat. I am already putting on sheets at night and starting to turn on the winter lights
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We keep our horses exactly like GracielaGata but when I ride I do warm up with a fleece!
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I never blanket a horse unless its sick or shivering.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-01-2014, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you! It does get pretty cold in winter where I am.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-01-2014, 11:38 AM
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My 4 year old comes in at night and will likely be clipped so he has a couple different winter blankets depending on the temperature. I'm not sure what I'm doing with my 3 year old. He lives outside 24/7 but works harder than my 4 year old, but I've also considered spelling him for part of the winter to mature so I'd leave him wooly and naked if I do. I could always clip and blanket in the latter half of winter. I want to get both of them schooled and conditioned for spring schooling shows so they'll have to work up a sweat.

The barn and indoor arena is heated so no need to warm up with sheets.
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